Chinese New Year Festival 2016

The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival in 2016 year celebrates the year of the Monkey.

A great day for the family to enjoy, this colourful festival includes many cultural features, street markets , live music, street entertainers and lots lots more. It is hoped that this will be a sustainable and vibrant annual festival in the years to come.

Many venues will feature in this vibrant multi arts  Chinese New Year Festival,  The Mansion House, Irish Writers Centre, Irish Film Centre, Chester Beatty Library, Smithfield Plaza, Capel Street, Parnell Street, The Smithfield Markets Area, Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin City, Dublin Zoo to name a few.

The Chinese Community has a long tradition in Ireland and especially in Dublin, starting back in the 1950’s when many will remember the first Chinese Restaurants such as the ‘Universal’, ‘Luna’ and ‘Sunflower’. From those small beginnings, a wide and diverse Chinese Community has grown with residents settled here from all parts of China.

Chinese New Year Festival Carnival

To welcome in the Chinese New Year of the Monkey – The carnival comprising of many features including interactive art workshops, Chinese food and craft stalls, information booths, a well-being marquee and authentic Chinese performances such as lion dances and martial arts displays.

See The Complete Program of  the Chinese New Year of the Monkey Events

Chinese New Year Event Listing

Spring Festival Fair (6-7 February)

Bring along all your cheeky monkeys! DCNYF are delighted to present this year’s two-day Spring Festival Fair at The chq Building where you will be able to feast your senses at both indoors and outdoors activities. Along with Lion, Dragon and Unicorn performances there will also be an appearance of the famous Monkey King, or Sun Wukong, known  as a character from Journey to the West, one of China’s classic novels.

All welcome! Join us over this celebratory weekend full of fun activities. No booking required, however, early arrival is recommended for participatory classes.

Sample festive meals such as Chinese dumplings, traditional Asian specialties, Chinese snacks and explore the beautiful custom of Chinese Tea ceremonies with members of the UCD Confucius Institute.

Enjoy music performances on the cucurbit flute, bamboo flute, Chinese pipa and guzheng. Learn how to play Chinese chess (xiangqi), Go (wéiqí), a more challenging ping pong game with pans and wooden spoons and other games

The New Year’s Gala – the annual Chinese variety show watched by hundreds of millions across the world – will be screened live on Sunday afternoon.

Le Cool Chinese Experience (12pm, 13 and 20 February)

Culture guide Le Cool is hosting two separate walking tours of Dublin’s Chinatown hotspots – the perfect opportunity to explore more off-the-beaten-track parts of the city.

The meeting point is confirmed once you book your ticket.

Storytelling with Eddie Lenihan and Vicky Yanli Wang (3pm, 16 February)

Author Eddie Lenihan will lead a Chinese-English storytelling session based on Irish Tales of Mystery and Magic, his collection of ancient legends, at the Central Library in the Ilac centre on Tuesday week.

The event is aimed at kids aged between seven and 12.

Meet the Monkeys (11am, 18-19 February)

Get up close and personal with monkeys at this Dublin Zoo workshop.

Participants will be shown how to prepare and deliver some of the props and food items used to stimulate the animals.

A Bite of China (6pm, 11 February)

Oriental food wholesaler Asia Market is offering a tour of its Drury Street supermarket, including a guide to the best ingredients needed to cook authentic Chinese meals, in two weeks’ time.

The €5 ticket price includes a complimentary goody bag.

Cookery Demonstration with Kwanghi Chani (12,30pm, 21 February)

For those in search of a more hands-on food experience, Söder + Ko chef Kwanghi Chan will be doing a cookery demo at Cooks Academy the following week.

The hour-and-a-half lesson will go through the steps of making a traditional Chinese New Year dish.

Revolutions in the Air (6.30pm, 16 February)

In 1911, the last dynasty of China, the Qing, was toppled in a revolution that brought 2,000 years of monarchic rule to an end.

Interested in learning more? Head to Trinity College Dublin for Dr Isabella Jackson’s lecture on the anti-imperial movement, and how it compares to later revolution in Ireland.

Shan-Zhen at Kildare Village (30 January-21 February)

Shan-Zhen explores the influence Shannon had on Shenzhen, a city in southeastern China, as it urbanised in the early 1980s.

The interactive exhibition – a collaboration between photographer Matthew Thompson, two architecture firms and a Dublin film production company – features archive photography and two short documentary films examining the unlikely historical connection between the two places.

Wu Wei in concert with Andreja Malir (7.30pm, 13 February)

Musician Wu Wei is one of the world’s leading players of sheng, the traditional Chinese mouth organ.

He will perform with Andreja Malir, principal harpist with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, in the Chapel Royal at Dublin Castle on Saturday week.

The Chester Beatty Library – Sunday 14 February, 12.30-4.30pm

Workshop for Adults: Brush Painting for Beginners

Chinese brush painting is one of the oldest artistic traditions in the world. To celebrate Chinese New Year, the Library welcomes back Hoi-Shan Mak who will introduce this rich and beautiful technique. Limited to 15 places. €35 per person, materials provided. Booking essential. This event is now booked out. Please contact Aoife at 4070766 if you would like to be added to the waiting list



The Chester Beatty Library

Silk Worm Club for 6-11 year olds: Monkey Business

Monkeys have long been associated with fun and trickery in Chinese art. To celebrate the Year of the Monkey, learn how to paint those smart and mischievous animals. Limited to 20 participants ages 6-11 years. Free, booking essential