The Year of the Dragon! A Spectacular Celebration of Chinese Fusion in Dublin

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Dublin is set to come alive with vibrant colors, mesmerising performances, and a fusion of cultures as the city gears up for the Dublin Lunar New Year 2024 celebrations. Organised by the City Arts Office, a part of the Culture, Community & Recreation Department of Dublin City Council, this annual festival has been a highlight on the city’s cultural calendar since its inception in 2008. Supported by the Lord Mayor of Dublin and members of the City Council, Dublin Lunar New Year aims to deepen the understanding of the Asian-Irish relationship through a rich tapestry of arts, culture, and exchange. There are a variety of events available, below travel2ireland have listed some of our top picks for the festival.

Trinity Centre for Asian Studies Symposium

Kicking off the festivities on Thursday, 1st February, is a half-day symposium at Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College. Titled “Celebrating Sichuan: Diversity, Heritage, and Transformation,” this event showcases research on Sichuan, exploring its indigenous languages, ethnobotany, and cultural history. The symposium features speakers from Trinity College Dublin and across Europe, offering insights into the rich tapestry of Sichuan’s cultural heritage.

Khuur Band’s Live Concert

On Saturday, 20th January, the Dublin-based Irland Ornoor Social Club presents a traditional music concert to welcome the Year of the Dragon. The Khuur Band, specialising in Mongolian ethnic music, will showcase instruments unique to Mongolian culture, including the Morin Khuur (Horse Head Fiddle), Hoomei (traditional throat singing), and more. This unique and exciting event promises a captivating musical performance and an evening of cultural amazement.

Flagship Event at Meeting House Square

The grand finale of this year’s festival takes place at Meeting House Square on Sunday, 11th February, from 12 pm to 6 pm. The flagship event promises to be a captivating experience for all ages. The highlight of the day is the show-stopping new commission, “The Journey of the Dragons,” a collaborative project by international spectacle champion Lisette Krol and Vietnamese-Irish DJ Lychee. Attendees can witness Cantonese Lion and Dragon performances, become knowledgeable about Tai Chi art, and participate in collaborative workshops creating epic dragon head sculptures.

National Gallery of Ireland Self-Guided Tour

From Saturday, 3rd February, to Sunday, 11th February, the National Gallery of Ireland invites visitors to explore its collection through a self-guided online tour in Mandarin. This initiative aims to make art accessible to Mandarin-speaking audiences, providing a unique cultural experience during the Lunar New Year celebrations.

Family and School Dragon Art Pack

Artist Heather Grey has designed a Lunar New Year art pack available for families and students from Saturday, 3rd February, to Sunday, 11th February. Participants can submit their creations to a competition for a chance to win vouchers for popular local establishments.

Chester Beatty Knot Challenge

On Saturday, 3rd February, Chester Beatty presents a “Chinese Knot Challenge.” Participants can engage in creating traditional Chinese knots, considered lucky charms, reflecting the rich cultural traditions associated with the Lunar New Year.

Dublin Lunar New Year 2024, presented by the City Arts Office and supported by Dublin County Council, ensures that everyone will have a rich and varied experience. The events showcased here are just a glimpse of the cultural festival taking place across the city. Embrace the festivities, celebrate cultural diversity, and make the most of Dublin’s vibrant Lunar New Year celebrations!

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