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What's On 2016

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.

February

Saturday 13 February, 11am

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador: Mandarin Language Tour

with Vicky Wang

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required. 
Saturday 13 February, 11am – 1pm

Public demonstration: East meets West

Meet contemporary artist Hoi-Shan Mak to learn what inspires and influences her art. Watch as she fuses traditional Chinese painting techniques with Western styles. This event has been organised to mark Chinese New Year. Free, no booking required.
Saturday 13 February, 2-3.30pm

Silk Worm Club for 6-11 year olds: Monkey Business

Monkeys have long been associated with fun and trickery in Chinese art. To celebrate the Year of the Monkey, learn how to paint those smart and mischievous animals. Limited to 20 participants ages 6-11 years. Free, booking essential. 
This event is now booked out. If you would like to be put on the waiting list please contact Aoife on 407 0766.

Sunday 14 February, 12.30-4.30pm

Workshop for Adults: Brush Painting for Beginners

Chinese brush painting is one of the oldest artistic traditions in the world. To celebrate Chinese New Year, the Library welcomes back Hoi-Shan Mak who will introduce this rich and beautiful technique. Limited to 15 places. €35 per person, materials provided. Booking essential. This event is now booked out. Please contact Aoife at 4070766 if you would like to be added to the waiting list.
Thursday 18 February, 1.10pm

Lunchtime Lecture:
 Taming the Dragon: The Conservation of an Imperial Dragon Robe from the Chester Beatty Collections.

Karen Horton, Independent Textile & Ethnographic Conservator, London. Free, no booking required. 

 

Friday 19 February, 2pm

Film Screening: Karate Kid

Twelve-year old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) has just moved to China with his mom, and struggles to make friends and navigate cultural differences in his new school. With the help of Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), a maintenance man who is secretly a martial arts master, Dre learns the principles of Kung Fu so that he can face Cheng, the school bully, and win over his school crush Mei Ying. This film is screened to mark Chinese New Year. 2010; PG; (140 min). Free, no booking required.

Saturday 20 February, 2pm

Chinese Tea Ceremony


Join Lei Xue for a public talk and demonstration to experience the wonderful atmosphere of a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony and find out what the art of drinking tea really means. This event has been organised to mark Chinese New Year. Special thanks to Asia Market for their generous support. Free, no booking required.

Sunday 21 February, 1-3pm

Drop-in Drawing Session

Learn drawing techniques, including line drawing, shading, perspective and decoration during these relaxed and informal sessions. Free, no booking required. Suitable for ages 13+. Materials are provided  
Sunday 21 February, 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 27 February, 12 noon

Qigong on the Roof Top Garden

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 practice outdoors (weather permitting) or indoors with a view of the roof garden. Suitable for all ages. Free, no booking required, but numbers are limited. 
Saturday 27 February, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour: Buddhist art and religion

Patricia McCabe. Guide, Chester Beatty Library. Free, no booking required. 
Saturday 27 February, 2pm

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador: Irish Language Tour

with Jack FitzGerald

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.

  
Saturday 27 February, 2pm

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador: Arabic Language Tour

with Karma El Shawa

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.


 

March

Thursday 3 March, 1.10pm

Lunchtime Lecture: The 21 November 1916 - The death of Kaiser Franz Josef and the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy

Dr Declan M. Downey, RAH, School of History and Archives, University College Dublin / Trustee, Chester Beatty Library. Free, no booking required.

Sunday 6 March, 1-3pm
 

Drop-in Drawing Session

Learn drawing techniques, including line drawing, shading, perspective and decoration during these relaxed and informal sessions. Free, no booking required. Suitable for ages 13+. Materials are provided 

Saturday 12 March, 11am

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador: Mandarin Language Tour
with Vicky Wang

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required. 
Saturday 12 March, 2-3.30pm

Silk Worm Club for 6-11 year-olds: Persian New Year

Iranians have been celebrating Nowruz, the Festival of Spring, for over three thousand years. Join us and learn about customs associated with this holiday and make traditional table decorations for the festive season. Limited to 20 participants. Free, booking essential. 
This event is now booked out. If you would like to be put on the waiting list please contact Aoife on 407 0766.

Sunday 13 March, 12.30-4.30pm

Workshop for Adults: Nasta’liq Calligraphy Masterclass

To celebrate Nowruz join us and learn the history, fundamentals and tools associated with Persian calligraphy. Participants will be introduced to the Farsi alphabet and words inNasta’liq script followed by hands-on activities to create a beautiful piece of calligraphy inspired by the Library’s collection. Limited to 15 places. €35 per person, materials provided. Booking essential. 
This event is now booked out. If you would like to be put on the waiting list please contact Aoife on 407 0766.
Sunday 13 March, 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.

Friday 18 March, 2pm

Film Screening: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

The mysterious Willy Wonka has announced that five lucky children can enter his infamous Chocolate Factory, but only if they find a Golden Ticket hidden inside one of his chocolate bars. Against all odds, poor Charlie Bucket finds the last one, and he and his Grandpa Joe take a journey through the surreal world of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Based on the popular children’s book by Roald Dahl. 1971; PG; (100 min). Free, no booking required.
Saturday 19 March, 12 noon

Qigong on the Roof Top Garden

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 practice outdoors (weather permitting) or indoors with a view of the roof garden. Suitable for all ages. Free, no booking required, but numbers are limited.

Sunday 20 March, 1.30pm

Storytelling for families: Persian New Year

 

Celebrate Nowruz, Persian New Year, by taking a journey back in time with storyteller Róisín Murphy, as she recounts tales from thousands of years of Persian culture. Suitable for all ages. Free, no booking required, but numbers are limited.
Sunday 20 March, 2.30pm

Storytelling for families: Irish Legends and Folklore

To celebrate Saint Patrick’s Festival, storyteller Róisín Murphy will delve into much loved Irish stories that have been passed down through the generations, ó lámh go lámh, ó glúin go ghlúin. This event will be in English and Irish. Suitable for all ages. Free, no booking required, but numbers are limited.

Monday 21 & Tuesday 22 March, 10.15am-1pm


Creative Lab Club for Teens: The Everlasting Cycle of Lights 
(12-14 years)

Meet the Make_Create_Innovate team for a hands-on workshop inspired by a 15th-century Arabic text The Everlasting Cycle of Lights. This workshop offers an exciting and creative introduction to scientific principles and electrical circuity, and will draw on theories of medieval science, exploring planetary systems known as ‘the music of the spheres. The history of astronomy and astrology in the Arab and Latin worlds will also be explored and participants will learn about constellations and experiment with their own light and sound creation.  Free, booking essential. Limited to 15 teens aged 12 to 14. 
This event is now booked out. If you would like to be put on the waiting list please contact Aoife on 407 0766.

 

This is a two-day workshop – please book for both days.

Monday 21 & Tuesday 22 March, 1.45-4.30pm

Creative Lab Club for Teens: The Everlasting Cycle of Lights (15-17 years) 


Meet the Make_Create_Innovate team for a hands-on workshop inspired by a 15th-century Arabic text The Everlasting Cycle of Lights. This workshop offers an exciting and creative introduction to scientific principles and electrical circuity, and will draw on theories of medieval science, exploring planetary systems known as ‘the music of the spheres. The history of astronomy and astrology in the Arab and Latin worlds will also be explored and participants will learn about constellations and experiment with their own light and sound creation.  Free, booking essential. Limited to 15 teens aged 15 to 17. Please book HERE.

 

This is a two-day workshop – please book for both days.

Thursday 24 March, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour: Chester Beatty’s Biblical Papyri

Kurt Kullman. Guide, Chester Beatty Library. Free, no booking required.

April

Saturday 2 April, 1.30-3.30pm

Japanese Woodblock Printing Demonstration

Join Hiroko Imada, Japanese artist who regularly runs workshops at the British Museum, UCL Art Museum and Chester Beatty Library, as she demonstrates the Japanese colour-woodblock printing process. This event has been organised to mark the Experience Japan Festival. Free, no booking required.

Saturday 2 April, 2-3.30pm

Silk Worm Club for 6-11 year olds: Japanese Puppets

Inspired by Japanese stories and folktales, learn how to make your own puppets and bring them to life! Limited to 20 participants ages 6-11 years. Free, booking essential This event is now booked out. If you would like to be put on the waiting list please contact Aoife on
 407 0766.
 
Sunday 3 April, 12.30-4.30pm


Workshop for Adults: Japanese Gift Wrapping Workshop


Using mizuhiki (a way to present gifts or offerings decorated with a complex knot of coloured cords) and furoshiki (a Japanese wrapping cloth traditionally used to transport clothes, gifts or other goods), participants will learn various types of Japanese-style gift wrapping. Limited to 15 places. €35 per person, materials provided. Booking essential. 
This event is now booked out. If you would like to be put on the waiting list please contact Aoife on 407 0766.

 

Sunday 3 April, 1-3pm

Drop-in Drawing Session

Learn drawing techniques, including line drawing, shading, perspective and decoration during these relaxed and informal sessions. Free, no booking required. Suitable for ages 13+. Materials are provided

Thursday 7 April, 1.10pm

Lunchtime Lecture: Culture and Politics of Taisho Era Japan in 1916 

Dr Declan M. Downey, RAH, School of History and Archives, University College Dublin / Trustee, Chester Beatty Library. Free, no booking required.

Saturday 9 April, 11am

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador: Mandarin Language Tour

with Vicky Wang

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.

Saturday 10 April, 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 16 April, 11.30am-1.30pm

Creative Lab Club for Teens: The Way of Tea
(12-14 years)

This is an opportunity to learn about traditional Japanese tea ceremony, its history and complex aesthetics and ritual. Meet Akiko Kidokoro and Emily Waszak to participate in a ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha. Free, booking essential. Limited to 15 teens aged 12 to 14. 
This event is now booked out. If you would like to be put on the waiting list please contact Aoife on 407 0766.

Saturday 16 April, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour: Icons

Kurt Kullman. Guide, Chester Beatty Library. Free, no booking required. 
Saturday 16 April, 2pm

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador: Irish Language Tour

with Jack FitzGerald

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required. 
Saturday 16 April, 2.15-4.15pm

Creative Lab Club for Teens: The Way of Tea (15-17 years)

This is an opportunity to learn about traditional Japanese tea ceremony, its history and complex aesthetics and ritual. Meet Akiko Kidokoro and Emily Waszak to participate in a ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha. Free, booking essential. Limited to 15 teens aged 15 to 17. Please book
HERE.
 
Saturday 23 April, 12 noon

Qigong on the Roof Top Garden

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 practice outdoors (weather permitting) or indoors with a view of the roof garden. Suitable for all ages. Free, no booking required, but numbers are limited. 
Thursday 28 April, 1.10pm
Lunchtime Lecture: Lapis and Gold: Exploring Ruzbihan's palette

Kristine Rose Beers, Senior Conservator, Chester Beatty Library. Free, no booking required.
 

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