Dublin Chinese New Year Festival pulls a Rabbit, a Carnival and a Film Festival out of a Hat

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Lord Mayor Gerry Breen will announce details of this year’s Dublin Chinese New Year Festival at The Screen Cinema, Townsend Street, Dublin 2 at 10am on Thursday 20th January.

The festival takes place at locations around Dublin city from 1st to 14th February. Among the exciting events that will usher in the Year of the Rabbit are:

  • The Chinese New Year Festival Carnival on Saturday 5th February
  • The first Dublin Chinese Film Festival (4th to 13th February) which includes the world premiere of Stephen Shin’s ‘Blood Oath’
  • Animation workshops at Dublin City Public Libraries, art and craft workshops and a China-themed lecture series at Chester Beatty Library

Full details of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival 2011 are on www.dublin.ie/cny

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Gerry Breen says

“This is the fourth year that Dublin City Council has been involved in the Chinese New Year Festival. In that time the festival has become an important event in the city’s cultural calendar. It’s an opportunity for the city’s Chinese community to celebrate and for everyone else to get to know them better. Dublin city is in the process of formally twinning with Beijing and this festival marks the spirit of that friendship.”


Amy Yin-Zhang of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival committee says

“This year’s festival programme is very exciting. It’s a celebration of Chinese culture and of the links between Dublin and the Chinese community who live here. With a carnival, film, discussions, workshops, animation, food, art and much more there is something for everyone. Zhong Guo Nian!”



Notes to the Editor

Programme Highlights

Full details are on www.dublin.ie/cny

  • Chinese New Year Carnival –Saturday 5th February, noon to 5pm, Wolfe Tone Square, Jervis Street. Experience the tastes, sounds, colour and excitement of China and join over 1.3 billion Chinese people around the world in celebrating Chinese New Year
  • Dublin Chinese Film Festival – 4th to 13th February. Dublin’s Screen and IFI cinemas show the best of Chinese film, documentary and animation. Highlights include the world premiere of Stephen Shin’s ‘Blood Oath’ starring Gong Li on 13th February.  Other films include ‘Aftershock’, ‘Ip Man, ‘Apart Together’ and the best in Chinese documentary and animation
  • Animation Seminar, Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay, 4th February. Oscar-nominated Brown Bag and Cartoon Saloon participate in a seminar which will ask how Ireland can use its international reputation in animation in China’s expanding animation market
  • Voices from China in association with The Travel Department, at the Chester Beatty Library on Friday 11th February  between 3 and 5pm. Highlights include ‘A Beginners’ Guide to Collecting Chinese Porcelain’ by Prof Alan Fletcher MRIA and ‘The China Beat: Perspectives on reporting from the world’s rising power’ by RTE’s Margaret Ward
  • Exhibitions and workshops – Dublin City public libraries host animation workshops as part of the Dublin Chinese Film Festival. Other workshops include an art class showing children how to make their own red dragon at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, and the exhibition ‘Chinese Voices – Dublin Lives’ at Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay.

Year of the Rabbit

Fourth in the Twelve year Cycle and a very lucky sign - the Rabbit is keen, wise, fragile, tranquil, serene, considerate, fashionable and kind. Generally, they are quite calm, they do not exhibit aggressive behaviour and avoid confrontation at all costs. The Rabbit is a symbol of mercy, elegance and worship of beauty. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are kind, loving persons, and dislike any hostile act.

Famous Rabbit People

Tiger Woods, Enda Kenny, Bertie Ahern, Conor Lenihan, JP McManus, Mary McAleese, Dana Rosemary Scallon, Albert Einstein, Seamus Heaney, Lionel Messi, Jose Mourinho, Angelina Jolie, Anjelica Huston, Orson Wells, Drew Barrymore, Edith Piaf, Fanny Brice, Johnny Depp, Eva Longoria, Des Bishop, Helen Hunt, Jane Seymour, Joan Crawford, Kate Winslet and Tina Turner.

The Rabbit gets on best with the Sheep, Pig and the Dragon. The years of the Rabbit are 1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 and 2011.

“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape” Chinese proverb