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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.


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. Fully booked. Please phone Fiona on 01 4070776 to be added to the waiting list. 
Saturday 11 April, 11am-4pm & Sunday 12 April, 1-4pm

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. Fully booked, please phone Justyna on 014070772 to be added to the waiting list.
Saturday 11 April, 2.00 - 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 essentialFully 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: 
Saturday 25 April, 12noon-2pm
Traditional Greek Dance Workshop

Would you like to learn some traditional Greek dance circles? 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. Fully booked. Please phone Justyna on 01 4070772 to be added to the waiting list.
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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