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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.

January 2015

Saturday 10 January, 2-3.30pm

Silk Worm Club: Comics Illustration 

Join Alan Nolan, writer and illustrator of children's books, for a trip through some of his favourite comics and illustrated books, and make your own comic strip! Limited to 20 children aged 6-11 years. Free. booking essential. Please book HERE. 
Saturday 17 January, 11am-2pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club for Teens: Music Track Workshop

Learn how to make a music track in your own style using teh latest professional software. In this workshop run by CreateSound, you will learn some of the key elements of music production and walk away with your very own MP3! Limited to 15 teens aged 12-17 years. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE. 

February 2015

Thursday 5 February, 6pm

Chester Beatty Annual Lecture:
'In the Dust of Centuries': the Remarkable History of the Cairo Genizah 


Dr B M. Outhwaite, Joint Head of Special Collections, Head of the Genizah Research Unit, Cambridge University Library.
By Invitation; limited places available to the public: please contact Lisa Fitzsimons, tel: 01 4070779; email: lecture@cbl.ie
Saturday 14 February, 10am-1pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club for Teens: The Art of Mono-Printing

Join Dutch-Chinese artist Hoi-Shan Makand create your own mono-print based on Chinese zodiac signs. In association with the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival: www.cny.ie. Limited to 15 teens aged 12-17 years. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE. 
Saturday 14 February, 2-3.30pm

Silk Worm Club: Chinese New Year Amulet

Design an amulet featuring your own Chinese zodiac sign. In association with the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival: www.cny.ie. Limited to 20 children aged 6-11 years. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE. 
Sunday 15 February, 1-4pm

Adult Workshop: Painting Workshop with Dutch-Chinese artist Hoi-Shan Mak

Celebrate Chinese New Year by creating your own artwork inspired bythe Chinese art of paper-cutting. Hoi-Shan Mak will introduce this ocmplex and beautiful technique of painting. In association with the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival: www.cny.ie. Limited to 15 places. €35 per person, booking essential. Please book HERE.  

March 2015

Saturday 7 March, 2-3.30pm

Silk Worm Club: 'S' is for Spring

Create your own decorative egg to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian spring festival, using the traditional symbolic elements of the Haft Sin table ('seven 'S's table'). Limited to 20 children aged 6-11 years. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE
Saturday 14 March, 11am-2pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club for Teens: Kendo and Iaido Workshop

This is an opportunity to learn about the traditional arts of the Japanese samurai with Kathryn Cassidy and the Dublin Kendo Club. Iaido is a modern Japanese martial art associated with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its scabbard. Kendo ('way of the sword') is a traditional martial art sword-fighting, developed as a safe way for samurai to practise their swordmanship. Limited to 15 teens aged 12-17 years. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE. 
Sunday 15 March, 1-4pm

Adult Workshop: Persian Calligraphy Workshop

Join artist Roxana Manouchehri and learn how to use the tools associated with this revered art, including a Persian callligraphy pen (qalam ney), pen sharpener (qalam-taraash) and silky ink-controller (liqeh). Create a beautiful and personal piece of work inspired by Perisan calligraphic tradition. This workshop has been organised to mark Nowruz, the Persian spring festival. Limited to 15 places. €35 per person (materials provided), booking essential. Please book HERE

April 2015

Friday 10 April, 10.30am-1.30pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club for Teens: Gift-Wrapping, Japanese Style

Using mizuhiki and origami (folding paper) techniques you will learn various types of Japanese-style gift-wrapping. These basic methods will enhance your gift-wrapping and decoration skills. Limited to 15 teens aged 12-17 years. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE. 
Saturday 11 April, 11am-4pm & Sunday 12 April, 1-4pm

Adult Workshop: Japanese Colour Woodblock Printmaking Workshop with Hiroko Imada

Taking inspiration from the Seven Treasures: Japanese Cloisonné Enamels, design and create your own small woodblock print in multiple colours. The finished print can be used as an original, handmade greeting card. Limited to 15 places, €60 per person (materials provided), booking essential. Please book HERE. 
Saturday 11 April, 2-3.30pm

Silk Worm Club: Japanese Kites

In Japan, kites were flown to thank the gods for a good harvest or to bring good luck. Learn how to make a beautiful Japanese kite using traditional materials and designs. Limited to 20 children aged 6-11 years. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE. 
Thursday 23 April, 6-9pm

Film: The Grocer

Traders Nikos and Sophia Anastasiou have been driving the same 75-kilometre route every week since the 1980's - from the city of Trikala, in central Greece, to the south western parts of the Pindus Mountains. Delivering more than just fruit and vegetables, they bring news form the outside world into the remotest villages, and provide practical help for the isolated villagers. This special evening screening of this documentary is in association with the Dublin Greek Film Festival; followed by a wine reception. (82 min); Greek with English subtitles.
Admission €10 per person. Booking essential, please book with Lisa Fitzsimons, tel: 01 4070779, email: film@cbl.ie 
Saturday 25 April, 12noon-2pm

Traditional Greek Dance Workshop

Would you like to learn some traditional Greek circle dances? Join dancer Katerini Papathanasiou and explore this art form and its history. In association with the Dublin Greek Film Festival. Suitable for all ages, free, limited to 20 places. Booking essential. Please book HERE.

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