Snake slips into town for Dublin Chinese New Year Festival

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8th - 22nd February


Dublin City Council today announced details of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival. The festival takes place at venues around the capital from 8th - 22nd February marking The Year of the Snake. Many events are free and suitable for all the family. Full details of this year’s exciting programme are available now on

The biggest event is traditionally The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival Carnival which was attended by more than 6,000 people last year. It will take place at Temple Bar Meeting House Square on Sunday 10th February from 12 noon to 6pm.
Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí who launched this year’s programme at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane at 10am says “The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival, now in its sixth year, is a fantastic success story. It’s a hugely anticipated event in the city’s calendar. It is celebrated by Dublin’s large Chinese community and every year sees more interest from the wider community. The festival is a great example of successful integration in Dublin and shows how much the Chinese community have made Dublin their home.”
“This year’s festival has something for everybody, whether you are a committed Sino file or a novice. You can experience Chinese calligraphy, bring your children along to make Chinese zodiac animals, taste and cook Chinese food, explore China’s art, raise a Chinese lantern, catch the latest from China’s booming film industry and much, much more,” says Amy-Yin Zhang of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival Committee.
The Lord Mayor was joined for today’s launch by members of the local Chinese Community and pupils from Rutland Street National School and Holy Child Pre School, Sean McDermott Street. Sneaky Snake, a familiar face to fans of Wanderly Wagon, also attended courtesy of the Lambert Puppet Theatre.
New to this year’s programme is ‘A Taste of China’: Dublin Chinese New Year Festival’s new focus to educate, enhance and celebrate Chinese food. Introduced by well know food blogger Julie O’Neill it will feature recipes each day you  prepare at home and enjoy every day or enjoy in the many Chinese restaurants in Dublin. See from 1st February.
The Festival is presented by Dublin City Council and organised by the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival Committee with support from the council’s Office for Integration. 
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Notes to the Editor
Highlights in this year’s Dublin Chinese New Year Festival include:
Dublin Chinese New Year Festival Carnival: Sunday 10th February, Temple Bar Meeting House Square, 12 noon to 6pm, Attendance free.  Enjoy traditional Dragon and Lion dances, martial arts performances, music, colour, Chinese food stalls, all the colour and atmosphere of China right in the heart of Temple Bar.
Third Dublin Chinese Film Festival: An appetiser for the festival, catch the best in Chinese film from 1st to 9th February in association with Kildare village Chic Outlet Shopping. The 1930s set ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ opens the festival at the Light House Cinema on 1st February. The festival also includes screenings in Cork and Galway, a children’s animation programme and martial arts films like ‘Tai Chi 0’.
Children’s art workshops at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane: Saturday 9th February, Chinese Lanterns and Snakes making workshop for all ages, 11am-1pm, free. Kite making workshop for 6-10 year olds, Saturday 16th February, 3.30pm-4.30pm, €5 for materials, Chinese Zodiac Animals sketching for 7+ year olds, Sunday 10th February, 3-4pm, free. Booking recommended, T 222 5564,
Voices from China Dublin Chinese New Year Lecture Series at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane: Lecture, Wednesday 6th February, 11am,Reflections; China and Japan, Chinese New Year Concert with a string quartet, 9th February, 2pm, free.  Lecture, Sunday 10th February, 3pm, ‘The Influence of Chinese Art on Irish & European Applied Art’  by Dr Audrey Whitty, Curator of Ceramics, Glass and Asian collection, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks. Sunday 10th February, 2pm, Tradition Chinese Tea Ceremony, 10 February, 2pm in Hugh Lane Café.
A Taste of China: Dublin Chinese New Year Festival has anew focus to educate, enhance and celebrate Chinese food. Introduced by well-known food blogger Julie O’Neill it will feature recipes each day that you can prepare at home or enjoy in the many Chinese restaurants in Dublin. See from 1st February.
Childrens Workshops at Dublin City Council Libraries: “I won’t go to China” is a children’s book by Enda Wyley beautifully illustrated by Maire Thorhaugh at Cartoon Saloon from O’Brien Press Bridges Programme. A special workshop with the author along with animation sessions, is the focus of Dublin City Public Libraries Children’s programme for Dublin Chinese New Year Festival 2013. All workshops will run from 6th – 8th February. To book your place and for full details check our website and
Chester Beatty Dublin Chinese New Year Festival programme: Lectures, familyfriendly activities, children’s art workshops, Chinese calligraphy demonstrations and public lectures. See for more.
Chinese New Year’s Day Concert, RDS Dublin, Sunday 10th February, 6pm. RTE NSO and Shanghai East Radio Company perform a concert to mark Chinese New Year’s Day. The concert will be broadcast live on Shanghai Radio and RTE Lyric FM.                           
Facts on the Year of the Snake
Sixth in the Twelve Year Cycle, people born in the Year of the Snake are acute, aware, charming, cunning, elegant, mysterious, passionate, proud, serene and vain. They are attractive people who handle crises with ease and do not easily become flustered. They are graceful people, exciting and dark at the same time. They are fascinated with all beautiful things in life. Poor in communication, Snakes are contemplative and private and are not outwardly emotional. Appearing cunning and reticent, they usually act according to their own judgment and do not follow the views of others. Conscientious and diligent at work, they are organized and precise, cautious and alert when doing business. Snake people are passionate lovers and show a strong desire for control when associating with others.  They will never forgive anyone who breaks a promise. They show their resentment with ice-cold hostility instead of bitter words. Some of the people born in the Year of the Snake may strike their enemies with a deadly blow.
SomeFamous People born in the Year of the Snake: Queen Elizabeth I, Virginia Woolf, Audrey Hepburn, Greta Garbo, Dean Martin, Grace Kelly, Pierce Brosnan, Art Garfunkel, Liz Hurley, Colm Meaney, Brad Pitt, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Dionne Warwick, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Fassbender and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
The Snake is best matched with those born in the year of the Ox, Dragon and Rooster but not with those born in the year of the Pig, Monkey or Tiger.
The years of the Snake are 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013.