Dublin to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit

Dubliners are being asked to “hop along” and celebrate the Year of the Rabbit at this year’s Dublin Chinese New Year Festival .

Highlights of the festival include the Dublin Chinese Film Festival, which started this evening, and a Chinese New Year Carnival tomorrow.

The carnival will start at Wolfe Tone Park, Jervis Street, at midday tomorrow and run until 5pm. Dublin City Council says the event will include authentic Chinese performances with dragon and lion dances, tai chi and martial arts displays, children’s storytelling and art workshops, traditional and contemporary Chinese music and a Chinese rock band.

Other events to take place include an art workshop at the Hugh Lane gallery, Asian Animal Trail at Dublin Zoo, Chinese State Circus, and storytelling, craft and animation workshops at Dublin Public Libraries. A full list of events can be found here.

The council said the Chinese film festival is Ireland’s first. It will take place at the Screen and IFI in the city centre. Full listings are here.

“This is a great opportunity to meet Dublin’s Chinese community and join well over a billion Chinese people around the world in celebrating the Year of the Rabbit” said Councillor Edie Wynne, the deputy lord mayor of Dublin.

Carnival Schedule for Saturday
12 noon – ‘Welcome the Rabbit’
12-12.30 – Chinese Children’s Stories at Dublin City Public Libraries Learning Bus
12-1pm – Lion Dance and martial arts performances on main stage
1.15pm – Tai Chi workshop
2pm – CSSA Dance Group perform
2-2.30 – Chinese and Irish children’s stories in Dublin’s Libraries Learning Bus
3pm – Speech by Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin Edie Wynne and welcoming of Chinese Year of the Rabbit
4pm – Dragon Dance
4.30pm – Performance by ‘Dirty Ethics’ Rock Band
5.00pm – Dragon Dance

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