Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) returns to celebrate the lunar year with man’s best friend for the Year Of The Dog in 2018. Get ready for a jam-packed schedule full of colourful engaging talks, fun dog-themed events, scrumptious food and tours that will widen your mind. The festival celebrates diversity and helps to further Sino-Irish relations through an array of festive celebrations.
Dubliners have a unique opportunity to explore Chinese culture as the city opens its doors to welcome the festival and new ways of thinking and living. Commenting on the launch of festival Lord Mayor of Dublin Mícheál Mac Donncha said “The Dog is also known for being friendly and faithful so, in the context of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival, it can be seen as a symbol of the ever-deepening relationship between China and Ireland. The festival has been a wonderful addition to Dublin’s cultural calendar for the past eleven years, allowing us to celebrate cultural differences between China and Ireland, as well as forging new connections that bring us closer together."
Whether you’re an avid fan of Kungfu or an enthusiast of Chinese traditional singing and dancing, the Spring Festival Gala is not to be missed. This year, as well as the award-winning Zhengzhou Song and Dance Theatre, there will also be performances by the warrior monks from Songshan Shaolin Temple, audiences can witness Kungfu stunts which have inspired numerous films, including Shaolin (2011) starring Jackie Chan! Presented by UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland, the event takes place in the Convention Centre Dublin, Friday 16th of February. You can book tickets HERE from €10 - €25.
A celebration of Chinese culture in Dublin, the festival is an initiative of Dublin City Council in conjunction with the Dublin Chinese New Year Advisory Panel which is made up of a range of representatives from the Dublin and Chinese communities in Dublin. The festival is run with the support of Kildare Village, Carrolls Irish Gifts, Brown Thomas, CRH, Failte Ireland and The Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Ireland.
Photographed by Anthony Woods