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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.

February

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
Sunday 8 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.
Thursday 12 February, 1.10pm

Musical Performance
 
Peregryne, a small choral ensemble, specialises in music of the 15th and 16th centuries and has performed as part pf the monastic Compline in churches and cathedrals around Dublin. Peregryne continues a tradition of choral pilgrimage throughout Europe and beyond. Winner of RTÉ Lyric FM's Choirs for Christmas 2014 Competition.
Free performance in the atrium of the Library.
Saturday 14 February, 10am-1pm

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

Join Dutch-Chinese artist Hoi-Shan Mak and 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. Fully Booked.
Please phone Justyna on 01 4070772 to be added to the waiting list.
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. Fully Booked.
Please phone Justyna on 01 4070772 to be added to the waiting list.
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 by the 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. Fully booked. 

Please phone Justyna on 01 4070772 to be added to the waiting list.
Sunday 15 February, 1-3pm

Drop-in Drawing Session with Roxana Manouchehri

Meet artist Roxana Manouchehri and 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 but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; dry materials only.
Friday 20 February, 2pm

Film Screening: Hero

The ancient Chinese King of Qin has survived an attempt on his life by the assassins Long Sky, Flying Snow and Broken Sword. 'Nameless', the man who claims to have slain these would-be assassins, is summoned to the king's side to recount his tale. Nominated for the 2003 Oscar for best Foreign Language Film. 12; (99min); dubbed into English. Free, no booking required. In association with the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival: www.cny.ie.
Saturday 21 February, 1.15pm

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 and oasis of peace. 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 with a view of the roof garden.
Suitable for all ages. Free, no booking required, but numbers are limited.
Saturday 21 February, 2.30pm

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.
Thursday 26 February, 1.10pm

Lunchtime Lecture: Autumn in Shanghai

In 2013, novelist Denyse Woods was invited to take part in a two-month Writers’ Residency in Shanghai, organized by the Munster Literature Centre and the Shanghai Writers’ Association. In her talk, Autumn in Shanghai, Denyse will give a personal account of her time in China, during which she was fortunate to work with a number of local writers and academics – including Prof Dai Cong Rong, who is translating Finnegan’s Wake into Chinese, and the renowned Shanghai novelist, Wang Anyi. She also conducted research into the sheng, the Chinese mouth organ, attended tea ceremonies and the Beijing Opera, almost set her room on fire cooking an omelette and took the overnight sleeper from Shanghai to Hong Kong.
Denyse Woods, novelist, traveller, former Artistic Director of the West Cork Literary Festival.
In association with the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival: www.cny.ie
Free, no booking required
Saturday 28 February, 11.30am-12.30pm, 2-3pm, 3.30-4.30pm

Chinese Astrology Readings with Ting-Foon Chik

2015 is the year of the Sheep. Did you know that in your Chinese astrology chart you have a year animal, month animal, day animal and hour animal? What does the year ahead hold for you? Bring your date and time of birth, and meet Ting-Foon Chik, Chinese astrologer and feng shui consultant, for a mini-reading of your natal (four pillars) chart.
Free, no booking required.

March

Saturday 7 March, 12 noon

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.
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. Fully Booked.
Please phone Justyna on 01 4070772 to be added to the waiting list.
Sunday 8 March, 1-3pm

Drop-in Drawing Session with Roxana Manouchehri

Meet artist Roxana Manouchehri and 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 but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; dry materials only.
Sunday 8 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.
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 swordsmanship. Limited to 15 teens aged 12-17 years. Free, booking essential. Fully Booked. 
Please phone Justyna on 01 4070772 to be added to the waiting list.
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 calligraphy pen (qalam ney), pen sharpener (qalam-taraash) and silky ink-controller (liqeh). Create a beautiful and personal piece of work inspired by Persian calligraphic tradition. This workshop has been organised to mark Nowruz, the spring festival. Limited to 15 places. €35 per person (materials provided), booking essential. Fully Booked.
Please phone Justyna on 01 4070772 to be added to the waiting list.
Thursday 19 March, 1.10pm

Lunchtime Lecture: Japanese Enamels: The Seven Treasures

Gregory Irvine, Senior Curator, Japan, Asian Department, Victoria & Albert Museum.
Free, no booking required.
Saturday 21 March, 11.30am

Film Screening: Champ of the Camp

Filmed in the labour camps of the United Arab Emirates, this documentary follows a worker's participation in a Bollywood singing competition among 70 camps to be crowned 'champ of the camp'. Narrated entirely by the labourers, this documentary alternates between the excitement of the competition and the harsh reality of the living and working conditions there. In association with the Silk Road Film Festival 2015. (75 min); English subtitles. Free, no booking required.
Saturday 21 March, 1.15pm

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 and oasis of peace. 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 with a view of the roof garden.
Suitable for all ages. Free, no booking required, but numbers are limited.
Saturday 21 March, 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 21 March, 2.30pm

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.
Sunday 22 March, 1.30pm-4.30pm

Film Screening: Series of Animated Films

A series of family-friendly animated films will be screened throughout the day as part of the Silk Road Film Festival 2015. 
Free, no booking required.
Details of these screenings will be available shortly.
Thursday 26 March, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour: Japanese Art and Decorative Objects of the Edo Period

with Mary O'Riordan
Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Limited to the first 15 participants. Free, no booking required.

April

Wednesday 8 April, 2pm

Film Screening: Giovanni's Island

Set on the Japanese Island of Shikotan shortly after World War II, brothers Junpai and Kanta adjust to the Soviet occupation of their home. In the midst of this conflict an unlikely friendship blossoms among children from two different countries, overcoming both language and cultural barriers. Inspired by true events. General (102 min); dubbed into English. Free, no booking required. Schools' mid-term break screening.
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. Fully Booked.
Please phone Justyna on 01 4070772 to be added to the waiting list.
Sunday 12 April, 1-3pm

Drop-in Drawing Session with Roxana Manouchehri

Meet artist Roxana Manouchehri and 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 but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; dry materials only.
Thursday 16 April, 1.10pm

Lunchtime Lecture: Meiji Japan (1868-1912), from Hearn's 'Fairyland' to Major Power: Forty-Four Years of Transformation

Dr Declan M. Downey, RAH, School of History & Archives, University College Dublin / Trustee, Chester Beatty Library.
Free, no booking required.
Saturday 18 April, 1.10pm

Lunchtime Lecture: The Story of Chinese Porcelain and its Journey to Europe

Joan Barnewell, Guide, Chester Beatty Library.
Free, no booking required.
Saturday 18 April, 1.15pm

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 and oasis of peace. 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 with a view of the roof garden.
Suitable for all ages. Free, no booking required, but numbers are limited.
Saturday 18 April, 2.30pm

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.
Thursday 23 April, 1.10pm

Lunchtime Lecture: Threads of Silk and Gold: Ornamental Textiles from Meiji Japan

Dr Clare Pollard, Curator of Japanese Art, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford.
Free, no booking required.
 
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 from 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.
Sunday 26 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
Thursday 30 April, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour: Japanese Cloisonné Enamels from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London

with 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 participants. Free, no booking required.

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