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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.

April

Tuesday 22 - Wednesday 23 April 1-3pm
Japanese Printmaking Demonstration as part of the Experience Japan Festival
With artist Hiroko Imada. Free, no booking required
Thursday 24 - Friday 25 April 10am-3pm & 10am-1pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab for Teens
Japanese Printmaking Mid-Term Special

Japanese printmaker Hiroko Imada will introduce you to printmaking. Free, booking essential. See Book Workshops Here
Suitable for ages 12-17 years

This event is part of the Experience Japan Festival

Thursday 24 April 1.10pm
In Focus Tour
Highlights of the Japanese Collection, Mary O'Riordan
Friday 25 April 2-4.30pm
Cosplay Presentation and Introduction to Anime & Manga for Teens
This event is part of the Experience Japan Festival. Please note staff of the Experience Japan Festival will run this event. Free, no booking required
Saturday 26 April 1.45pm
Intercultural Tour (in association with Experience Japan Festival)
Japanese language tour with Hiromi Anzai. Free, no booking required
Saturday 26 April 11.30am – 16.15pm

In association with Experience Japan Festival

11.15-11.45am

Seminar Talk by Dr Jean-Philippe Imbert (Dublin City University)

Gender and Culture:  An Introduction for Experience Japan

Dr Jean-Philippe Imbert is Chair of MA in Sexuality Studies at Dublin City University.  In this talk, Jean-Philippe will provide an overview of studies of sexualities and gender, and their relation to culture.

12.00-12.45pm

Seminar talk by Dr Nao Kodate (University College Dublin)

History and Policy Change in Supporting 'Science Women' in Japan

Dr Naonori Kodate is a lecturer at UCD School of Applied Social Science.  He has expertise in comparative social policy (risk and regulation in health care, and education). He has also been involved in an international project looking into gender equality in science and engineering education.  In this talk, he will address issues of gender (in)equality in science and engineering, and recent policy developments in supporting female scientists in Japan. 

1.00 -1.45pm

Seminar Talk by Ruth Starr (Trinity College Dublin)

Girl Power – how heroines are portrayed in Japanese art

Ms Ruth Starr is a lecturer in History of Japanese Art and Architecture at Trinity College Dublin. In this talk,  Ruth will take us through the world of Emakimono (scrolls) and guide us through how females were depicted in Japanese art.

1.45 -2.30pm

Chester Beatty Library Tour (English / Japanese)

2.30 -4.00pm

Keynote by Professor Andrew Gerstle (SOAS)

Gender representation in Kabuki

Andrew Gerstle is Professor of Japanese Studies in the Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Professor Gerstle is a renowned expert of Japanese traditional theatre and art. He was guest curator of “Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art” at the British Museum, which ended in early January 2014.

Professor Gerstle will address the issue of gender representation in Kabuki.

4.00 – 4.15pm

Closing Remarks

Member’s Event - Wednesday 30 April 6pm
Book Club Meeting – Samarkand by Amin Maalouf
Accused of mocking the codes of Islam, the Persian poet and sage Omar Khayyam fortuitously finds sympathy with the very man who is to judge his alleged crimes. Recognising Khayyam’s genius, the judge decides to spare him and gives him instead a small, blank book, encouraging him to confine his thoughts to it alone…Please click here for more information.

May

Saturday 3 May, 11am-4pm & Sunday 4 May, 1-4pm

Bealtaine Festival Drawing Workshop for Older Adults

Be inspired by the Library’s collections and learn how to draw with pencil, charcoal and ink with artists, Lorraine Lawlor and Anna Kadzik-Bartoszewska. Limited to 15 places. €15 per person, booking essential. To book please press HERE.

Thursday 8 May, 6-8pm

An Evening of Classical Indian Music

Brother, Debajyoti (tabla) and sister, Joyeeta (sitar) from Kolkata will perform classical music from northern India. Admission is €10 per person including a glass of wine and exclusive gallery viewing after the performance. Booking essential, please book with Lisa Fitzsimons, tel. 01 4070779, email: concert@cbl.ie

Saturday 10 May, 12pm

Lawrence of Arabia

1962 epic portrayal of the flamboyant and controversial British military figure’s conflicted loyalties in the Middle East during World War I. In association with Access Cinema and the Dublin Arabic Film Festival. PG (216 min). €5 per person. Booking essential, please book with Lisa Fitzsimons, tel. 01 4070779, email: film@cbl.ie

Saturday 10 May, 1pm
Intercultural Tour
Mandarin language tour and family-friendly activities with Tiedong Yang. Free, no booking required.
Sunday 11 May, 1.30pm

Yacoubian Building

Based on Alaa’ Al-Aswany’s bestseller about the residents of a Cairo apartment building. In association with Access Cinema and the Dublin Arabic Film Festival. 18 rating (161 min). €5 per person, booking essential. Booking essential, please book with Lisa Fitzsimons, tel. 01 4070779, email: film@cbl.ie 
Wednesday 14 May, 6pm

An Evening of Traditional Moroccan Andalusian Music

Join us for an evening of live traditional Moroccan Andalusian music, followed by a Moroccan tea reception. Supported by the Embassy of Morocco. Free, places are limited. Please book with Lisa Fitzsimons, tel. 01 4070779; email concert@cbl.ie. 

Saturday 17 May 1-4pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab for Teens
Characters and Comics

Bring your favourite manga or cartoon character and create a comic strip story of your own, as part of National Drawing Day. Free, booking required. See Book Workshops HERE.
Suitable for ages 12-17 years.
Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 May, 1-4pm

Family Packs

Family activity packs based on the Library’s collections. Booklets are available for children aged 5 to 7 and 8 to 11 years. Colouring books available for under-5s. Free. Saturday 17 May is National Drawing Day so join us for drop-in mini workshops and drawing demonstrations.

Saturday 17 May, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour

Icons with Jack FitzGerald

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Limited to the first 15 participants. Free, no booking required.

Saturday 17 May, 3pm

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 18 May, 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.

Saturday 24 May, 11.30am

Talk: Japan through the Eyes of Fiona Uyema

Fiona Uyema Award-winning cook Fiona Uyema will share her passion for Japanese cuisine and culture. Booking essential. Please contact Lisa Fitzsimons, tel: 407 0779; email: members@cbl.ie

Saturday 24 May, 1pm

Japanese Lunch – at Yamamori Sushi

Yamamori Sushi, Lower Ormond Quay. Booking essential. Please contact Lisa Fitzsimons, tel: 407 0779; email: members@cbl.ie
Saturday 24 May, 3pm

Film Club Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Fascinating documentary featuring a Michelin three-star sushi restaurant in a Tokyo subway station. Booking essential. Please contact Lisa Fitzsimons, tel: 407 0779; email: members@cbl.ie
Wednesday 28 May 2pm

High Society

This delightful 1956, high-gloss musical remake of The Philadelphia Story gets it gloriously right featuring Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and many other greats. Bealtaine Festival Film Screening in association with Access Cinema and the Irish Film Institute. PG (107mins). Free, no booking required. 

Saturday 31 May 1.10pm

In Focus Tour

Magic in the Chester Beatty Library with Brian O’Neill

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Limited to the first 15 participants. Free, no booking required.


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