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Chester Beatty Library

What's On 2015

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.

September

Saturday 5 September, 1pm

Qigong on the Roof Top Garden

Qigong is a traditional form of Chinese 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 6 September, 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 12 September, 2-3.30pm

Silk Worm Club: Silly Self-Portraits

Do you like to doodle and draw funny figures or strange faces? Join us and explore comical prints in our new temporary exhibition Wicked Wit, and be inspired to create your very own self-portrait. Limited to 20 children aged 6-11 years. Free, booking essential. Fully booked.

Please contact Justyna to be added to the waiting list: 01 4070772.
Thursday 17 September, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour: Chester Beatty's Biblical Papyri

with Kurt Kullmann
Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Limited to the first 15 participants. Free, no booking required.
Friday 18 September, Open until 10pm

Culture Night

View Chester Beatty's unique treasures at one of Dublin's most  popular museums.

At 6pm join Dr Jill Unkel, Curator of the Western Collections, Chester Beatty Library, for an In Focus Tour of our new temporary exhibition Wicked Wit. This exhibition of Darly prints examines the characters, caricatures, macaronies, feathered ladies and political satires explored in these hand-coloured examples of Georgian comic relief.

Take a free guided tour of the Library's permanent exhibitions at 7.30pm or 8.30pm.

Family activity packs will be available from 6pm-9pm.

The Silk Road Café and the Library's Gift & Bookshop will also be open.
Friday 18 September, 8pm

Culture Night - Songs of Jazz and Blues Legend Billie Holiday with Edel Meade and Band

Award winning jazz-vocalist, Edel Meade will perform her own interpretations of Holiday's music. With her gorgeous vocals and irresistible charm, this promises to be a highlight for fans of jazz and blues. Free, no booking required but on a first-come-first-served basis.
Saturday 19 September, 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 19 September, 1-4pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club for Teens: Costume Design for TV and Stage

Meet costume and jewellery designer Kama Bella and learn about her work with actors and performing artists. In this session you will design a statement headpiece for the stage. Limited to 15 teens aged 12-17 years. Free, booking essential. Fully booked.

Please contact Justyna to be added to the waiting list: 01 4070772.
Thursday 24 September, 1.10pm

Lunctime Lecture: 'Entertainment as well to the Broom man as the Greatest Peer': 18th Century Dublin Theatre

Professor Chris Morash, Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing, Trinity College Dublin. Free, no booking required.
Saturday 26 September, 1.30-3.30pm

SIlk Worm Club Special: Georgian Decorations with Crafts2Cherish

Join Suzanna from Crafts2Cherish and create your own decorated panel. Participants will learn how to make a simple wall plaque inspired by Georgian architecture using quick air-dry clay. In association with Dublin Festival of History 2015. Limited to 15 children aged 6-11 years. Free, booking essential. Fully booked. 

Please contact Justyna to be added to the waiting list: 01 4070772.
Saturday 26 September, 2pm

Film Screening: Umrao Jaan

Set in 19th-century India, Ameeran is abducted and sold to a brothel, where she is taught dance and poetry and is transformed into the captivating courtesan Umrao Jaan. In association with the Indian Film Festival of Ireland 2015. 1981; (145 min); Urdu with English subtitles. Admission is €5 per person. Booking essential, please book with Lisa Fitzsimons tel. 01 4070779, email: film@cbl.ie. Suitable for adults only.
Sunday 27 September, 1-3pm

Drop-in Drawing Session

Learn drawing techniques, including line drawing, shading, perspective and decoration during these relaxed and informal sessions. In association with Dublin Festival of History 2015). Free, no booking required. Suitable for ages 13+. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; dry material only.

October

Saturday 3 October, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour: The Art of Edo Japan

with Diana Delia
Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Limited to the first 15 participants. Free, no booking required.
Saturday 3 October, 2-3.30pm

Silk Worm Club: Wicked Wit Fashion

"He stuck a feather in his hat, and called it macaroni." Be inspired by our temporary exhibition Wicked Wit and create your own unique hat or accessory. Prepare for lots of fun and laughter! Limited to 20 children aged 6-11 years. Free, booking essential. Fully booked. 


Please contact Justyna to be added to the waiting list: 01 4070772.
Sunday 4 October, 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 4 October, 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.
Sunday 4 October, 2pm

Music Performance: The Arrows that Murder Sleep

Experience the poignancy and tragedy of classical Irish literature performed in song and music, including the story of Liadain and Curithir, the heartache of Colmcille's exile and the grief of Créd as she stumbles upon the corpse of her lover Dínertach. Performed by Lorcán Mac Mathúna (voice), Martin Tourish (piano accordion), and Daire Bracken (fiddle). Free, no booking required.
Thursday 8 October, 1.10pm

Lunchtime Lecture: Sir Alfred Chester Beatty as a Collector of Western Medieval Manuscripts

Dr Laura Cleaver, Ussher Lecturer in Medieval Art, Trinity College Dublin. Free, no booking required.
Saturday 10 October, 11.30am-4.30pm & Sunday 11 October, 1.15-4.15pm

Workshop for Adults: Zenbrush Calligraphy with Christine Rendan Haggarty

Explore the four treasures of East Asian calligraphy and learn three major forms of characters: formal, semi-cursive and cursive script. Participants will begin with a short meditation to exercise mindful attention to calligraphic practice. Christine is associate editor to Kazuaki Tanahashi'd book Heart of the Brush. Limited to 15 places. €60 per person (materials provided), booking essential. Please book HERE.
Saturday 10 October, 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.
Thursday 15 October, 1.10pm

Lunchtime Lecture: Hunting for Ogres: the Conservation of 'The Tale of Oeyama'

Sydney Thomson, Conservator of Japanese Paintings, Restorient, Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde, Leiden, Netherlands. Free, no booking required.
Saturday 17 October, 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.
Sunday 18 October, 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 but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; dry materials only.
Sunday 18 October, 2pm

Film Screening: Song of the Sea

Inspired by the legend of the selkies (people who can turn into seals), this enchanting animated film is a magical adventure steeped in the wondrous world of Irish myth. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. 2014, PG, (93 min). Free, no booking required. View trailer HERE.
Saturday 24 October, 12.30pm

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 24 October, 1.10pm

Public Talk and Demonstration: Japanese Kimono

Join us for a public talk and demonstration exploring the 1,500 year evolution of the Japanese kimono with Akiko Kidokoro, Emily Waszak and Emiko Kasajima. Free, no booking required.
Saturday 24 October, 2.30pm

Film Screening - Irish Premiere: The Night of Counting the Years

The year is 1881 and members of an Upper-Egyptian clan rob the site of a legendary cache of mummies to sell on the black market. Conflict within the clan results in one of its members aiding the Egyptian government's Antiquities Service to find the hoard. Screened in association with the Dublin Arabic Film Festival 2015, with thanks to Fondazione Cineteca di Balogna. 1969, (102 min), Arabic with English subtitles. Admission is €7 per person. Booking essential, please book with Lisa Fitzsimons tel. 01 4070779; email: film@cbl.ie. Suitable for adults only.
Sunday 25 October, 1.30pm

Film - Irish Premiere: The Nightingale's Prayer

A captivating Egyptian classic following the story of Amna (Faten Hamama) as she plots her revenge on the engineer who destroyed her family's honour. Screened in association with the Dublin Arabic Film Festival 2015, with thanks to Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna. 1959, (126 min), Arabic with English subtitles. Admission is €7 per person. Booking essential, please book with Lisa Fitzsimons tel. 01 4070779, email: film@cbl.ie. Suitable for adults only.
Thursday 29 October, 1.10pm

Lunchtime Lecture: One Million Buddhist Charms of the Empress Shōtoku and a brief look at early Buddhism in Japan.

Joan Barnewell, Guide, Chester Beatty Library. Free, no booking required.
Friday 30 October, 11am-2pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club for Teens: Patterns in Nature

Join Ida Mitrani and Caitríona Buggle for a fun and creative workshop and discover how maths can shape the most beautiful patterns in nature (otherwise known as the Fibonacci sequence). You will use edible materials and take inspiration from these patterns to create your own masterpiece. Limited to 15 teens aged 12-17 years. Free, booking essential. Fully booked. 

Please contact Justyna to be added to the waiting list: 01 4070772.
Saturday 31 October, 2-3.30pm

Silk Worm Club: Halloween Masks Inspired by The Tale of Oeyama

Masks have been used throughout history to tell stories. Japanese masks can represent different characters such as a hero, god, devil, ghost or animal. Learn how to make your own Japanese mask using paper and textiles. Limited to 20 children aged 6-11 years. Free, booking essential. Fully booked. 

Please contact Justyna to be added to the waiting list: 01 4070772.

November

Sunday 1 November, 2pm

Film Screening: A Letter to Momo

From anime master Hiroyuki Okiura (Ghost in the Shell and Akira) comes a touching, fantastical tale of a young girl's grief and the three mischievous spirits sent to look after her. 2011, PG, (120 min). Free, no booking required. View trailer HERE.
Thursday 5 November, 1.10pm

Lunchtime Lecture: Everlasting Happiness: The Amazing Yongle Emperor

Brian O'Neill, Guide, Chester Beatty Library. Free, no booking required.
Sunday 8 November, 12pm-4.30pm

Workshop for Adults: Introduction to the Art of Caricature with artist Lorraine Lawlor

The ridiculous tastes of 18th-century London society were humorously satirised by the husband-and-wife printer-publisher team of Mary and Matthew Darly. Individuals were parodied in caricature by exaggerating physical attributes or pictorially appreciable aspects of their personalities. Starting with portrait-drawing, learn how to draw caricatures of yourself, or a (thick-skinned!) friend or family member. Limited to 15 places, €35 per person (materials provided), booking essential. Please book HERE.
Saturday 14 November, 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 14 November, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour: A Copy of the Rose Garden of Sa'di in the Chester Beatty Library

with Costanza Ficorella
Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Limited to the first 15 participants. Free, no booking required.
Saturday 14 November, 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.
Sunday 15 November, 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 but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; dry materials only.
Sunday 15 November, 2-3pm

Indian Dance Workshop

Join Meera Ramalingam and explore traditional Bharatnatyam dance in celebration of the Hindu New Year (Diwali). Suitable for ages 10+. Limited to 20 places, €5 per person, booking essential. Please book HERE.
Thursday 19 November, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour: Wit, Wigs and Satire in the Eighteenth Century: The Caricatures of Mary and Matthew Darly

with Mary O'Riordan
Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Limited to the first 15 participants. Free, no booking required.
Saturday 21 November, 1pm

Qigong on the Roof Top Garden

Qigong is a traditional form of Chinese 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 22 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.
Sunday 22 November, 2pm

Music Performance: American Songbook

Soprano Elva MacGowan will perform some of her favourite ballads made famous by singers including Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Connie Francis, and many many more. Elva has frequently been aired on RTE Radio One, Lyric FM and BBC Ulster Radio. Enjoy her blend of trained vocal performance with old-timey songs and traditional acoustic accompaniment. Free, no booking required.
Thursday 26 November, 1.10pm

Lunchtime Lecture: Daniel O'Connell in Caricature

Professor Maurice Bric, School of History & Archives, University College Dublin. Free, no booking required.
Saturday 28 November, 1-4pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club for Teens: Wearable Technology

Navigate your way with wearable technology. Join Niki Collier and use illuminating components (LEDs and microprocessors) to make your own constellation to adorn your clothes. No previous experience in either fashion or technology required. Limited to 15 teens aged 12-17 years. Free, booking essential. Fully booked. 

Please contact Justyna to be added to the waiting list: 01 4070772.

December

Saturday 5 December, 1pm

Qigong on the Roof Top Garden

Qigong is a traditional form of Chinese 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 5 December, 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.
Saturday 5 December, 2-3.30pm

Silk Worm Club: Animation Workshop

Design and star in your very own short animation using a combination of stop-motion and pixilation techniques. In association with Paper Panther Productions. Limited to 20 children aged 6-11 years. Free, booking essential. Fully booked. 

Please contact Justyna to be added to the waiting list: 01 4070772.
Sunday 6 December, 12.30-4.30pm

Workshop for Adults: Wet Felting Accessories

Would you like to personalise your Christmas gift this year? Learn the basics of traditional wet felting, fibre layout and materials for your design and create a unique gift for a friend or family member. Suzanna from Crafts2Cherish will guide participants through the process and supply examples and a number of accessories to choose from. Limited to 15 places. €35 per person (materials provided), booking essential. Please book HERE.
Sunday 6 December, 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 6 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 10 December, 1.10pm

Lunchtime Lecture: The Curious Taste for Caricature

Dr Nicola Figgis, School of Art History & Cultural Policy, University College Dublin. Free, no booking required.
Saturday 12 December, 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 December, 1-4pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club for Teens: Pop-Up Christmas Tree Decorations

Explore needle felting and help us decorate a pop-up Christmas tree for the festive season. You will work with beautiful materials such as carded wool and needle felting. Suzanna from Crafts2Cherish will show you how to create a mini ornament or a decorative bauble. Limited to 15 teens aged 12-17 years. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE.

Saturday 12 December, 2pm

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador: Irish Language Tour

with Jack FitzGerald
Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking reuired.
Saturday 12 December, 3.30pm

Music Performace: Carol Singing

Cantóirí's largely a cappella repertoire spans centuries and styles, from Renaissance to the 21st century. With a particular focus on folk music from all over the globe, Cantóirí sings each song in its original language. Free, no booking required.
Sunday 13 December,1.10pm

Christmas Extravaganza - Double-Bill Film Screening

The Muppet Christmas Carol - 1.10pm

Join the Great Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat on a journey through Victorian London and witness the story of the miserly Scrooge as he receives three ghostly visits on Christmas Eve. 1992, G, (85 min). Free, no booking required. View trailer HERE.

The Wizard of Oz - 3pm
Dorothy and her dog Toto are whisked away to the captivating land of Oz where - along with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion - they 'follow the Yellow Brick Road' to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard of Oz. 1939, G, (102 min). Free, no booking required. View trailer HERE.
Tuesday 15 December, 7-9pm

Festival of Carols and Readings

Now in its thirteenth year, 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 performance: €30; Members €25. Please book with Lisa Fitzsimons, tel. 01 4070779; email: carols@cbl.ie

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