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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.

September

Thursday 4 September, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour

Chester Beatty's A-Z: from Amulet to Zodiac
Ms Fionnuala Croke, Director, Chester Beatty Library
 
Friday 5 September, 3pm
Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador

Arabic language tour with Karma El Shawa  
Meeting point in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required. 
Sunday 7 September, 1-3pm

NEW: Drop-In Drawing Session with Roxana Manouchehri 

Artist Roxana Manouchehri will guide participants in drawing and informal sketching based on a number of exercises in our drawing pack, including line drawing, light and shadow, portraiture and perspective. 

These are drop-in sessions and do not require booking. Limited to 15, first-come, first-served. 
Suitable for ages 13+, free. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; pencils only.

Thursday 11 September, 1.10pm

Public Lecture: Asian Contemporary Ceramic Masters: China and Japan in Focus


Professor Marc Leuthold, Art Department, State University of New York, USA.
This lecture has been organised as part of Through Space and Time: Contemporary Chinese Ceramics special exhibition. Free, no booking required.
Saturday 13 September, 1pm

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador

Mandarin language tour and family-friendly activities with Tiedong Yang. This tour has been organised to mark the Mid-Autumn Festival. 

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Free, no booking required.  
Saturday 13 September, 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 13 September, 2-3.30pm

Silk Worm Club: Chinese Fans


Learn how to make a fan and decorate it with your own design, inspired by the Chester Beatty's A to Z exhibition. Limited to 20 children, ages 6-11, per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE
Saturday 13 September, 2.30-3pm

NEW: Drop-In Qigong on the Roof Top Garden with Ching Xu

With views of Dublin Castle and the city skyline, the roof top garden of the Chester Beatty Library provides an oasis of peace, a place to rest for a while and enjoy its tranquillity. 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 30 minute Qigong practice outdoors (weather permitting) or indoors in the third floor lobby. 
 
These are drop-in sessions and do not require booking. Suitable for all ages. Limited to 15, first-come, first-served.  
Friday 19 September, 6.30pm & 7.30pm

Culture Night: Short Films 


Hannah Cohen's Holy Communion

Hannah Cohen can't wait to make her Holy Communion; the only problem is, she's Jewish! Set in Dublin in the 1970s this film explores Ireland seen through the eyes of a spirited seven-year-old. A heart-warming film, beautiful in its simplicity, humour, and the universal desire to fit in. 13min.

Chinese Characters Island

Alice, an adventurous little girl, must learn Chinese before her mother will allow her to visit China. While struggling with her studies, she falls into her Chinese book and arrives on a strange island where she learns about the meaning of Chinese characters from the island's inhabitants. 9min, Chinese with English subtitles. 

Free, no booking required. First-come, first-served. 

We wish to thank Underground Films and the Chinese International Cartoon and Animation Festival (www.cicaf.com) for their support. 
Friday 19 September, 6pm-10pm

Culture Night


View Chester Beatty's unique treasures at one of Dublin's most popular museums.
Take a free guided tour at 7pm, 8pm or 9pm. 
Try Family Activity or Drawing Packs for Teens and Adults from 6 to 9pm.
The Silk Road Café and the Library's gift & bookshop open. 
Sunday 21 September, 1.30pm
Film: Ek Tha Tiger 

An Indian romantic action thriller shot in five ecountries, including Ireland - the first Bollywood blockbuster to be shop in Dublin, featuring scenes of Trinity College Dublin as it has never been seen before. 
In association with the Indian Film Festival of Ireland 2014. 12A, 132min; Hindi with English subtitles. Free, no booking required. 

Saturday 27 September, 10.30am-12.30pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club for Teens:
Card Tricks

Meet magician Ruairí O'Connor who will share insights and techniques of historical-to-present-day card tricks and illusions. 
Free, booking essential. Suitable for ages 12-17 years. Please book HERE.

October

Saturday 4 October, 2-3.30pm

Silk Worm Club:
Japanese Noh Masks

Discover wonderful and scary Hoh theatre masks and create your own Halloween disguise. Limited to 20 children, aged 6 to 11 per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE 
Saturday 4 October, 2pm

Public Lecture:
The Art of Islamic Illumination 

Dr Elaine Wright, Curator of the Islamic Collections, Chester Beatty Library

Free, no booking required.
Saturday 11 October, 1pm
 
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. 
Saturday 11 October, 2.30-3pm

Drop-in 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 an oasis of peace, a place to rest for a while and enjoy its tranquility. 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 30 minute Qigong practice outdoors (weather permitting) or indoors in the third floor lobby.
 
These are drop-in sessions and do not require booking. Suitable for all ages. Limited to 15, first-come, first-served.
Sunday 12 October, 1-4pm

Creative Book-making Workshop for Adults

Meet artist Sandi Sexton and make your own beautiful sculptural book using traditional bookbinding techniques and the Japanese craft of folding paper. Limited to 15 places, adults only. €35 per person (materials provided). Please book HERE. 
Sunday 12 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.
Thursday 16 October, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour

Chester beatty's A-Z: from Amulet to Zodiac
Dr Jill Unkel, Curator of the Wester Collections, Chester Beatty Library

Meeting point in the atrium of the Library. Limited to first 15 places. Free, no booking required.
Saturday 18 October, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour
 
Art of Edo Japan
Diana Delia 

Meeting point in the atrium of the Library. Limited to the first 15 places. Free, no booking required.
Saturday 18 October, 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 19 October, 1-3pm
Drop-In Drawing Session with Roxana Manouchehri
 
Artist Roxana Manouchehri will guide participants in drawing and informal sketching based on a number of exercises in our drawing pack, including line drawing, light and shadow, portraiture and perspective.
 
These are drop in sessions and do not require booking. Limited to 15, first-come, first-served. Suitable for ages 13+, free. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; pencils only. 
Wednesday 22 October, 1pm
Diwali Celebrations: Music Performance
 
Dara O' Brien and Debajyoti Sanyal play the ancient and sophisticated classical music of North India with two of its iconic instruments, sitar and tabla. This improvised music is based on the complex systems of raga (melody) and tala (rhythm). Join us for an emotive journey through the sounds of India. Vocalist Sudipto Das will join them at the end for an unusual blend of voice and sitar 

Free, no booking required.
Wednesday 29 October, 2pm

Film:
Patema Inverted
 
Patema has lived her whole life underground, dreaming of adventures on the surface. When she crosses into a forbidden area that takes her above ground, her world is turned upside down. There she meets Age, a local boy, who helps keep her on the ground. Together they face unexpected events. PG; (99 min); dubbed into English. Free, no booking required. 
Thursday 30 October, 10am-1.30pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club for Teens: Ancient Noh Theatre in a Modern World 

Step back in time and explore the wonders of traditional Japanese theatre, otherwise known as Noh. Seamus Quinn of the Gaiety School of Acting will introduce you to well-known tales.
Location: Black Box Theatre, Gaiety School of Acting, Temple Bar. (Meeting point: Chester Beatty Library at 9.45am)
Free, booking essential. Limited to 15 teens aged 12-17 years. Please book HERE.
Thursday 30 October, 6-8pm
 
Evening Lecture - A Sprinkling of Gold: The Art of Japanese Lacquer
 
Ruth Starr, Trinity College Dublin, introduces this decorative craft, describing how lacquer is produced and illustrating its role and uses in Japanese culture with some exquisite examples.
 
Admission is €10 per person, including a glass of wine and exclusive viewing of Chester Beatty's A-Z exhibition after the lecture. Booking essential, please book with Lisa Fitzsimons tel. 01 4070779, email: lecture@cbl.ie

November

Saturday 1 November, 2-3.30pm

Silk Worm Club: Diwali

Meet kate Canning who will tell us about the Festival of Diwali. Learn the story of Rama and Sita through art, music, song and dance. In association with the Gaiety School of Acting. Limited to 20 children, aged 6-11 per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE.
Saturday 8 November, 1.10pm

Public Lecture: Commemorating War in Eighteenth-Century China

CANCELLED 
Sunday 9 November, 1-3pm

Drop-In Drawing Session with Roxana Manouchehri

Artist Roxana Manouchehri will guide participants in drawing and informal sketching based on a number of exercises in our drawing pack, including line drawing, light and shadow, portraiture and perspective.

These are drop in sessions and do not require booking. Limited to 15, first-come, first-served. Suitable for ages 13+, free. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; pencils only. 
Sunday 9 November, 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 9 November, 2pm

Music - Preab Meadar

From Amergin Ó Huiggín: a revolution in Irish traditional dance music with rhythms inspired by metres of medieval strict-metre Gaelic poetry. a creation of Lorcán Mac Mathúna and Daire Bracken, Preab Meadar was four years in composition, but over two thousand years in its creation.

Free, no booking required.
Saturday 15 November, 11am-4pm & Sunday 16 November, 1pm-4pm

Garden Designs of the Mughal Workshop with Rafika Rajab

Be inspired by paintings in the Chester Beatty Collection and learn how to design an Islamic-style garden based on the Mughal-era India of the sixteenth century. These designs were heavily influenced by the Persians and particularly the charbagh structure, the quadrilateral garden. Taught by garden designer and horticulturist Rafika Rajab. Limited to 15 places, adults only. €60 per person (materials provided). Please book HERE. 
Saturday 15 November, 2.30-3pm

Drop-in 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 an oasis of peace, a place to rest for a while and enjoy its tranquillity. 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 in the third floor lobby.

These are drop-in sessions and do not require booking. Suitable for all ages. Limited to 15, first-come, first-served.
Sunday 16 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.
Thursday 20 November, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour

Treasures from South Asia: Chester Beatty's Indian Collection
Mary O'Riordan

Meeting point in the atrium of the Library. Limited to the first 15 places. Free, no booking required. 
Saturday 22 November, 1-4pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club For Teens: Special Effects

Meet special effects artist Christian Kotey and discover various tricks of the trade in film and TV. Christian has over 15 years experience in the industry and works as a concept designer and illustrator for comic books and video games. Free, booking essential. Limited to 15 teens aged 12-17 years. Please book HERE.

December

Thursday 4 December, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour 

Chester Beatty's A-Z: From Amulet to Zodiac

CANCELLED
Thursday 4 December, 7-9pm

Festival of Carols and Readings

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 performances: €30; Members €25. 
Booking essential. Please book with Lisa Fitzsimons, tel: 01 4070779; email: carols@cbl.ie
Saturday 6 December, 11am-4pm & Sunday 7 December, 1-4pm

Christmas Card Lino Printing Weekend Workshop with Jackie Raftery

Would you like to make and personalise your Christmas cards this year? Learn the technique of lino-printing - a medium made famous by Pablo Picasso - and create a unique image and text. This workshop will make an ideal pre-Christmas gift. Limited to 15 places, adults only.€60 per person (materials provided), booking essential. Please book HERE. 
Sunday 7 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 11 December, 1.10pm

Public Lecture: Paper Matters: Papyrus Texts from Ancient Egypt at the Chester Beatty Library

Prof. Brian McGing, Regius Professor of Greek, Trinity College Dublin/ Trustee, Chester Beatty Library

Free, no booking required.
Saturday 13 & Saturday 20 December, 1-4pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club for Teens: Book Illustration

Meet book illustrator Lorraine Lawlor and learn more about creating characters and illustrations. Free, booking essential. Limited to 15 teens aged 12-17 years. Please book HERE.
Saturday 13 December, 2-3.30pm

Silk Worm Club: Hanukkah

Learn about the Jewish Festival of Lights and create your own Hanukkah decoration. Limited to 20 children, ages 6-1, per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE.
Sunday 14 December, 1-3pm

Drop-In Drawing Session with Roxana Manouchehri 

Artist Roxana Manouchehri will guide participants in drawing and informal sketching based on a number of exercises in our drawing pack, including line drawing, light and shadow, portraiture and perspective.

These are drop in sessions and do not require booking. Limited to 15, first-come, first-served. Suitable for ages 13+, free. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; pencils only.
Saturday 20 December,

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.
Saturday 20 December, 2.30-3pm
Drop-in 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 an oasis of peace, a place to rest for a while and enjoy its tranquillity. 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 30 minute Qigong practice outdoors (weather permitting) or indoors in the third floor lobby.

These are drop-in sessions and do not require booking. Suitable for all ages. Limited to 15, first-come, first-served.

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