Giddy up into Dublin City and Celebrate the 2014 Chinese New Year

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Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn will open the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) on the eve of Chinese New Year, Thursday, 30th January 2014, at 6.00pm.  The opening ceremony will be held at the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane with a special focus on some beautiful expressions of the horse in visual art. One of Dublin’s biggest annual celebrations, the Festival runs from 31st January – 14th February, 2014

As we say farewell to the Year of the Snake and enter 2014 with the Year of the Horse, Dublin City Council is proud to bring you the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival. With a fantastic selection of events at various venues around the city, many of which are free, there is something for everyone to enjoy. (See )

The Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn said “The Horse has a special place in the heart of the Irish people and I look forward to the Irish and Chinese communities really connecting in this Year of the Horse. Dublin City Council has a very exciting programme of events taking place in the capital over the 2014 Chinese New Year Festival.  The Festival is a celebration of the very strong Chinese culture and community here in Dublin and showcases art, history, music, dance and cuisine in a wide range of events. This is certainly one festival not to be missed.”

The Chinese New Year’s Day Concert with the China Conservatory of Music in association with Kildare Village takes place at the Chester Beatty Library on Friday 31st January, 2014 (see

The highlight of the Festival, the Chinese New Year Carnival, will be held at Temple Bar Meeting House Square on Sunday, 2nd February from 12 noon – 5pm. A host of authentic Chinese performances with dragon and lion dances, Tai Chi and martial arts displays, special musical and dance entertainment performing traditional and contemporary Chinese and Irish music and acts will help ring in the New Year of the Horse.  The Asia Market ‘Secrets of the Chinese Kitchen’ will present a special Asian cooking demonstration with Chef Liu Guangcheng from London's Chinatown.

This year’s Chinese New Year’s Children’s Programme is second to none. Dublin City Libraries welcome Dublin’s finest storytellers and school children will be invited to listen and share Irish and Chinese stories. For teenagers Chester Beatty’s Creative Lab for Teens is sure to be popular. Booking at  Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane will hold workshops with a ‘Horse’ theme of calligraphy, ink drawing and family sketching all of which are free.

DCNYF are delighted to promote a series of Chinese New Year Lectures in 2014 in association with key institutions across the city. See  for details.

Taste of China continues its focus on Chinese food. ‘Secrets of the Chinese Kitchen’ will be unveiled with daily recipes for you to try. Asia Market will run special demonstrations and tours of Chinese shopping. All info available at

This is just a taste of the fun activities brought to you by Dublin City Council and key institutions across Dublin City during the 2014 Chinese New Year Festival.  For full information and brochure on these and many more events during the Festival please log onto