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Chester Beatty Library

What's On 2014

Free guided tours are available at 1pm each Wednesday, 3pm & 4pm on Sunday.

All lectures, guided tours & films are on a first-come, first- served basis with no booking required, unless otherwise stated. 

To book workshops/events online, please click here1 place is available per person unless otherwise stated e.g. Family Days.

November

Saturday 1 November, 2-3.30pm

Silk Worm Club: Diwali

Meet kate Canning who will tell us about the Festival of Diwali. Learn the story of Rama and Sita through art, music, song and dance. In association with the Gaiety School of Acting. Limited to 20 children, aged 6-11 per session. Free, booking essential. FULLY BOOKED.

Please phone Justyna on 01 4070772 to be added to the waiting list.
Saturday 8 November, 1.10pm

Public Lecture: Commemorating War in Eighteenth-Century China is CANCELLED 

but please join us for 

Journey to the East: The Jesuit Missions to China, 1582-1724 with Joan Barnewell

Free, no booking required.

Sunday 9 November, 1-3pm

Drop-In Drawing Session with Roxana Manouchehri

Artist Roxana Manouchehri will guide participants in drawing and informal sketching based on a number of exercises in our drawing pack, including line drawing, light and shadow, portraiture and perspective.

These are drop in sessions and do not require booking. Limited to 15, first-come, first-served. Suitable for ages 13+, free. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; pencils only. 
Sunday 9 November, 1pm

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador

irish Language Tour with Jack FitzGerald

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.
Sunday 9 November, 2pm

Music - Preab Meadar

From Amergin Ó Huiggín: a revolution in Irish traditional dance music with rhythms inspired by metres of medieval strict-metre Gaelic poetry. a creation of Lorcán Mac Mathúna and Daire Bracken, Preab Meadar was four years in composition, but over two thousand years in its creation.

Free, no booking required.
Saturday 15 November, 11am-4pm & Sunday 16 November, 1pm-4pm

Garden Designs of the Mughal Workshop with Rafika Rajab

Be inspired by paintings in the Chester Beatty Collection and learn how to design an Islamic-style garden based on the Mughal-era India of the sixteenth century. These designs were heavily influenced by the Persians and particularly the charbagh structure, the quadrilateral garden. Taught by garden designer and horticulturist Rafika Rajab. Limited to 15 places, adults only. €60 per person (materials provided). Please book HERE. 
Saturday 15 November, 2.30-3pm

Drop-in Qigong on the Roof Top Garden with Ching Xu

With views of Dublin Castle and the city skyline the roof garden of the Chester Beatty Library provides an oasis of peace, a place to rest for a while and enjoy its tranquillity. Qigong is a traditional Chinese form of meditation coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and a calm state of mind. Join us for a gentle Qigong practice outdoors (weather permitting)or indoors in the third floor lobby.

These are drop-in sessions and do not require booking. Suitable for all ages. Limited to 15, first-come, first-served.
Sunday 16 November, 2pm

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador

Japanese Language Tour with Hiromi Anzai

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.
Thursday 20 November, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour

Treasures from South Asia: Chester Beatty's Indian Collection
Mary O'Riordan

Meeting point in the atrium of the Library. Limited to the first 15 places. Free, no booking required. 
Saturday 22 November, 1-4pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club For Teens: Special Effects

Meet special effects artist Christian Kotey and discover various tricks of the trade in film and TV. Christian has over 15 years experience in the industry and works as a concept designer and illustrator for comic books and video games. Free, booking essential. Limited to 15 teens aged 12-17 years.
FULLY BOOKED

Please phone Justyna on 01 4070772 to be added to the waiting list.

December

Thursday 4 December, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour 

Chester Beatty's A-Z: From Amulet to Zodiac
Focusing exclusively on the East Asian Collections.
Laura Muldowney, Researcher of the East Asian Collections, Chester Beatty Library.

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Limited to the first 15 places. Free, no booking required.
Thursday 4 December, 7-9pm

Festival of Carols and Readings

the Occasional Singers, conducted by Robin Moore, return to the Library for a festive performance of music and words for Christmas. Admission, including mulled wine and mince pies after the performances: €30; Members €25. 
Booking essential. Please book with Lisa Fitzsimons, tel: 01 4070779; email: carols@cbl.ie
Saturday 6 December, 11am-4pm & Sunday 7 December, 1-4pm

Christmas Card Lino Printing Weekend Workshop with Jackie Raftery

Would you like to make and personalise your Christmas cards this year? Learn the technique of lino-printing - a medium made famous by Pablo Picasso - and create a unique image and text. This workshop will make an ideal pre-Christmas gift. Limited to 15 places, adults only.€60 per person (materials provided), booking essential. Please book HERE. 
Sunday 7 December, 2pm

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador

Japanese language tour with Hiromi Anzai.

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.
Thursday 11 December, 1.10pm

Public Lecture: Paper Matters: Papyrus Texts from Ancient Egypt at the Chester Beatty Library

Prof. Brian McGing, Regius Professor of Greek, Trinity College Dublin/ Trustee, Chester Beatty Library

Free, no booking required.
Saturday 13 & Saturday 20 December, 1-4pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club for Teens: Book Illustration

Meet book illustrator Lorraine Lawlor and learn more about creating characters and illustrations. Free, booking essential. Limited to 15 teens aged 12-17 years. FULLY BOOKED.

Please phone Justyna on 01 4070772 to be added to the waiting list.
Saturday 13 December, 2-3.30pm

Silk Worm Club: Hanukkah

Learn about the Jewish Festival of Lights and create your own Hanukkah decoration. Limited to 20 children, ages 6-1, per session. Free, booking essential. FULLY BOOKED.

Please phone 01 4070772 Justyna on to be added to the waiting list.
Sunday 14 December, 1-3pm

Drop-In Drawing Session with Roxana Manouchehri 

Artist Roxana Manouchehri will guide participants in drawing and informal sketching based on a number of exercises in our drawing pack, including line drawing, light and shadow, portraiture and perspective.

These are drop in sessions and do not require booking. Limited to 15, first-come, first-served. Suitable for ages 13+, free. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; pencils only.
Saturday 20 December,

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador

Mandarin language tour and family friendly activities with Tiedong Yang.

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.
Saturday 20 December, 2.30-3pm
Drop-in Qigong on the Roof Top Garden with Ching Xu

With views of Dublin Castle and the city skyline the roof garden of the Chester Beatty Library provides an oasis of peace, a place to rest for a while and enjoy its tranquillity. Qigong is a traditional Chinese form of meditation coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and a calm state of mind. Join us for a gentle 30 minute Qigong practice outdoors (weather permitting) or indoors in the third floor lobby.

These are drop-in sessions and do not require booking. Suitable for all ages. Limited to 15, first-come, first-served.

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