Established in 2008, the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) year-on-year celebrates, promotes and deepens the understanding of the Sino/Irish relationship. The 2018 programme celebrates The Year of the Dog and marks the 11th year of this internationally recognised festival. With Chinese New Year’s Day falling on Friday 16th of February 2018, the festival plans to deliver a high profile cultural and celebratory programme to mark this significant date in the Chinese Calendar. Dublin will also continue to build on its twinning agreement with Beijing signed in 2011 and Dublin Airport Authority twinning with Beijing Airport established in 2013.
Two events happening on our doorstep include:
HILL STREET FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE’S 4TH ANNUAL CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION - Sat 17 Feb Time 14:00 - 19:00
This action-packed celebration of Chinese New Year will have something for all the senses, including live music, dance, drama, tai chi, origami, couplet writing and shadow puppetry workshops. Enjoy live cookery demos, using traditional Chinese ingredients, plus a traditional umbrella dance and a play depicting the origins of the Chinese zodiac. Children can join in the parade of zodiac animals led by lion dancers and the Hill Street Dragon. Don’t miss this fun-filled, free family-friendly event.
SPRING FESTIVAL FAIR - Sat 24 & Sun 25 Feb at chq Building. Time 11:00 - 18:00 & 11:00 - 17:00
The hugely popular Spring Festival Fair returns to The chq Building with a jam-packed two-day programme of free family-friendly entertainment. Inspired by traditional Chinese temple fairs, “Miaohui”, this year’s spectacular event will welcome the Year of the Dog with a host of canine-themed entertainment, arts, crafts and interactive workshops, suitable for all ages. Come enjoy musical performances and martial arts demos, food stalls and fashion shows, Chinese chess and calligraphy, plus much more besides. DCNYF is excited to welcome some very special international guests to this year’s event, so make sure to mark the dates in your diary!