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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.

June

Saturday 6 June, 10am-1pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club for Teens: Chiang Mai Lanterns

Lantern-making is a celebrated tradition in Thailand. Lanterns are believed to bring good luck and wealth. Meet Thai artist Chanida Cassidy and create your own bamboo lantern. In association with Thai Arts Northern Ireland. Limited to 15 teens aged 12-17 years. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE.
Saturday 6 June, 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 6 June, 2-3.30pm

Silk Worm Club - Rice Paper Umbrellas

In Thailand, umbrellas are used for shelter from both rain and sun. Make your own Thai parasol and decorate it with traditional or modern designs. In association with Thai Arts Northern Ireland. Limited to 20 children aged 6-11 years. Free, booking essential. Fully booked. Please phone Caitriona on 01 4070766 to be added to the waiting list.
Saturday 6 June, 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 7 June, 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 7 June, 3pm

Drop-in Japanese Origami for Families

Make your own origami in the shape of animals, birds and fish, with Akiko Kidokoro. Free, no booking required.
Thursday 11 June, 6-8pm

Evening Lecture: Visualising Change: Japanese Woodblock Prints of the Meiji Era, 1868-1912

Dr Monika Hinkel, research Associate, Japan Research Centre, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Admission is €10 per person, including a glass of wine after the lecture. Booking essential, please book with Lisa Fitzsimons tel. 01 4070779. email: lecture@cbl.ie
Saturday 13 June, 1pm

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 13 June, 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 21 June, 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 25 June, 1.10pm

Lunchtime Lecture - Early and Late: Yeats and Orientalism

Dr Joseph Lennon, Director of Irish Studies, Associate Professor of English, Villanova University, Philadelphia. In association with Yeats2015. Free, no booking required.
Saturday 27 June, 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.
Sunday 28 June, 2pm

Film Screening: Pinocchio

Original 1940 classic tale of the puppet Pinocchio brought to life. General; (88 min). Free, no booking required.

July

Saturday 4 July, 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.
Wednesday 8 July, 2pm

Film Screening: Secret of Kells

Beautifully animated story of a young monk in medieval Ireland on a dangerous quest to help complete an ancient but unfinished book. Nominated for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. 2009; PG; (75 min). Free, no booking required.
Saturday 11 July, 1.30pm

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.
Sunday 12 July, 12noon-4.30pm

Workshop for Adults: Stylised Botanical Representation in Turkish Traditional Art and Design

Join artist Ida Mitrani and learn about the importance of symbols in traditional Turkish art. Using colour charts and geometry, participants will learn how to sketch detailed studies of a flower and its leaves while looking closely at the plant's structure. Limited to 15 places, booking essential. €35.00 per person, materials provided

Fully Booked. Please phone Caitriona on 01 4070766 to be added to the waiting list.
Sunday 12 July, 1-3pm

Drop-in Drawing Session with Roxana Manouchehri

Meet artist Roxana Manouchehri and learn drawing techniques, including line drawing, shading, perspective and decoration using 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 12 July, 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.
Monday 13 July, 11.30am-1pm

Silk Worm Club: Making Dreamcatchers

Meet textile artist Liadain de Buitlear and learn how to create a dreamcatcher from a recycled CD, using the Library collections as inspiration. Limited to 20 children aged 6-11 years. Free, booking essential. Please book only the Monday or the Tuesday. Booking essential.
Fully booked. Please phone Caitriona on 01 4070766 to be added to the waiting list.
Tuesday 14 July, 11.30am-1pm

Silk Worm Club: Making Dreamcatchers

Meet textile artist Liadain de Buitlear and learn how to create a dreamcatcher from a recycled CD, using the Library collections as inspiration. Limited to 20 children aged 6-11 years. Free, booking essential. Please book only the Monday or the Tuesday. Please phone Caitriona on 01 4070766 to be added to the waiting list.
Wednesday 15 July, 11.30am-1pm

Silk Worm Club: Shadow Puppet Workshop

Inspired by Asian dragons and birds - and their Irish cousins - artist Phil Stewart will show you how to design your own shadow puppet. And perform with it too! Limited to 20 children aged 6-11 years. Free, booking essential. Please book only Wednesday or Thursday's workshop.
Fully booked. Please phone Caitriona on 01 4070766 to be added to the waiting list.
Thursday 16 July, 11.30am-1pm

Silk Worm Club: Shadow Puppet Workshop


Inspired by Asian dragons and birds - and their Irish cousins - artist Phil Stewart will show you how to design your own shadow puppet. And perform with it too! Limited to 20 children aged 6-11 years. Free, booking essential. Please book only Wednesday or Thursday's workshop. Fully booked. Please phone Caitriona on 01 4070766 to be added to the waiting list.

Thursday 16 July, 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 17 July, 11.30am-1pm

Silk Worm Club: Design Challenge Workshop

Our Silk Worm Club visits the Irish Design 2015 Design Hub to explore the Liminal exhibition, followed by a hands-on Design Challenge workshop led by design educators. Limited to 20 children aged 6-11 years. Fully booked. Please phone Caitriona on 01 4070766 to be added to the waiting list.
Saturday 18 July, 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.
Monday 20 July - Thursday 23 July

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club for Teens: Animation Workshops

Explore the origins of animation with Paper Panther Productions, and learn about different animation mediums and techniques.
Please scroll down to view details of the workshops and to book. 
 
Monday 20 July, 11am-2pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club for Teens: Optical Toys and Camera-less Animation with Paper Panther Productions

Explore early animation: Victorian optical toys and camera-less animation techniques. Limited to 15 teens aged 12-17 years. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE.
Tuesday 21 July, 11am-2pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club for Teens: Sand Animation with Paper Panther Productions

Paint with sand to create a short and atmospheric animated story. Limited to 15 teens aged 12-17 years. Free, booking essential. Fully booked. Please phone Caitriona on 01 4070766 to be added to the waiting list.
Wednesday 22 July, 11am-2pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club for Teens: Stop-motion with Paper Panther Productions

Design a story board and make your own short animation using stop-motion techniques. Limited to 15 teens aged 12-17 years. Free, booking essential.
Fully booked. Please phone Caitriona on 01 4070766 to be added to the waiting list.
Thursday 23 July, 11am-2pm

Chester Beatty's Creative lab Club for Teens: Pixilation with Paper Panther Productions

Animate real objects and people to create a surreal short film. Limited to 15 teens aged 12-17 years. Free, booking essential. 
Fully booked. Please phone Caitriona on 01 4070766 to be added to the waiting list.
Friday 24 July, 11am-2pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club for Teens: Irish Design 2015 - Young Irish Designers 2015

Take your own Design Challenge inspired by the exhibition Liminal at the Irish Design 2015 Design Hub, featuring new and exciting collaborations between Irish designers and manufacturers. Off-site event. In association with Irish Design 2015. Limited to 15 teens aged 12-17 years. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE.
Saturday 25 July, 10.30am-2pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club for Teens: Festival of Curiosity and Dublin Maker

Our creative lab will visit the annual Festival of Curiosity and Dublin Maker, trinity College Dublin to discover DIY electronics, inventions, crafts and much more. Off-site event. Limited to 15 teens aged 12-17 years. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE.
Saturday 25 July, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour: Ancient Papyrus: the Medium as the Message. What was the Significance of Recording Egyptian, Hebrew and Christian Myths and Traditions on Papyrus at Certain Times?

with Diana Delia.
Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Limited to the first 15 participants. Free, no booking required.
Sunday 26 July, 2pm

Film Screening: NeverEnding Story

While hiding from bullies in the school attic, Bastien discovers a mysterious book and is absorbed into the world of 'Fantasia', a magical realm under threat and in need of Bastien to be the hero. 1984; PG; (102 min). Free, no booking required.
Thursday 30 July, 1.10pm

Lunchtime Lecture: The Creation of the Lafcadio Hearn Gardens, Tramore: A Tribute to the Life and Work of Japan's Greatest Irishman

Agnes Aylward, Project Director, Lafcadio Hearn Gardens. Free, no booking required.

August

Saturday 1 August, 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 2 August, 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.
Wednesday 5 August, 2pm

Film Screening: The Secret Garden

A newly orphaned young British girl, born and raised in India, goes to England to live with her uncle. Neglected by her mourning guardian, she begins exploring her uncle's estate where she discovers a cousin she never knew she had and a secret garden in desperate need of repair. 1993; PG; (101 min). Free, no booking required.
Saturday 8 August, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour: Religion and Culture in China

with Patricia McCabe.
Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Limited to the first 15 participants. Free, no booking required.
Sunday 9 August, 1.15-4.15pm

Workshop for Adults: Natural Botanical Drawing with Roxana Manouchehri

This one-day workshop will examine various sketching and drawing techniques for plants and fruits, including the use of texture and shadows. Participants will complete a colourful botanical drawing. Limited to 15 places, booking essential. €35.00 per person, materials provided. Please book HERE.
Sunday 9 August, 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 13 August, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour: From Imperial Aramaic to Arabic: How the Languages of 'The People of the Book' are Related

with Nateghe Moane.
Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. Limited to the first 15 participants. Free, no booking required.
Wednesday 19 August, 2pm

Film Screening: Into the Woods

To reverse a family curse that prevents them from having children, a couple go into the woods to seek a number of magical items. They encounter many well-known characters along the way including Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Cinderella. Musical fantasy starring Meryl Streep. 2014; PG; (125 min). Free, no booking required.
Saturday 22 August, 1-4pm

Chester Beatty's Creative Lab Club for Teens: Music Track Workshop

Join CreateSound to make your very own soundtrack! Create a short music track to accompany the animations created in July. In association with Heritage Week. Limited to 15 teens aged 12-17 years. Free, booking essential.
Fully booked. Please phone Caitriona on 01 4070766 to be added to the waiting list.
Tuesday 25 August, 11.30am-1pm

Silk Worm Club: Book Design

'Calling all Silk bookworms!' Come along and explore the stories, poems and illustrations in our Arts of the books gallery before designing and making your very own book. In association with Heritage Week. Limited to 20 children aged 6-11 years. Free, booking essential. Fully booked. Please phone Caitriona on 01 4070766 to be added to the waiting list.
Wednesday 26 August, 11.30am-1pm

Silk Worm Club: Chinese Paper-cutting Workshop

The old tradition of Chinese paper-cutting is used for celebrations, weddings and feasts. Learn how to make a Chinese symbol for good luck and other traditional designs using paper. In association with Heritage Week. Limited to 20 children aged 6-11 years. Free, booking essential. Fully booked. Please phone Caitriona on 01 4070766 to be added to the waiting list.
Thursday 27 August, 1.10pm

Lunchtime Lecture: Paper, Pigments and Pearls: Conserving a Collection of Indian Miniatures

Puneeta Sharma, Conservation Intern, Chester Beatty Library. Free, no booking required.
Saturday 29 August, 1pm

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.

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