The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival starts this weekend, and we can’t wait

We’ll fill you in on all you need to know about this year’s Chinese New Year Festival in Dublin.

The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival is this weekend, and we can’t wait

The annual Dublin Chinese New Year Festival kicks off this Friday, 24 January 2020, and promises to be a spectacular show. The city of Dublin will be celebrating Chinese culture (with a uniquely Irish perspective) by hosting a two-week cycle of events including talks, visual arts, performance, film, music, and many other family-friendly activities.

If this sounds like your kind of thing, you’re in for a treat. We’ve got you covered on everything you’ll need to know about this magnificent festival.

The festival

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The festival, originally beginning in 2008, is now celebrating its 13th edition and this year brings in a brand new zodiac cycle: the Year of the Rat.

So, what does the festival involve? Here are a few tasters of what you can expect at the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival.

The Spring Festival Fair is two wonderful free days of music, colour, and fun at the iconic Dublin Fruit and Vegetable Market. You’ll also get to see many buildings and landmarks across the city lit up in festive red to welcome in the Chinese New Year.

The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival is this weekend, and we can’t wait
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There’ll also be special guests from China who will be hosting family-friendly activities, and a selection of galas/concerts where you will be able to enjoy Chinese talent and culture in live performances.

Food tours and food experiences promise to be a big part of the festival (more on that further down) as well as there being a myriad of Asian films and exhibitions to explore.

Also, you’ll have the opportunity to attend intriguing talks and lectures which explore various parts of modern and historic Chinese life. You’ll even get to learn some Chinese swear words! What’s not to like?

A Taste of Asia

Make sure to taste some food at the festival

Food brings people together. This is why food tasting will be a major part of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival. What better way to get to know a culture than by sampling a taste of its food?

Visitors of the festival can expect everything from decadent banquets to cocktail classes, from food tours to the history of the Chinese dumpling (and even a workshop on how to make your own).

The festival has joined forces with Carrolls Irish Gifts to present their Taste of Asia programme, which celebrates the Asian cuisine currently available in Dublin. Several eateries within the city will be hosting ‘lunar feasts’ during the festival, so you can be sure you won’t be going home with an empty stomach!

The Taste of Asia programme promises to be a wonderful and enlightening opportunity to learn more about Chinese food and drink. We’re super excited to see how it goes.

Dates, prices, and final thoughts

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The festival will run from 24 January to 10 February. Most of the events we’ve talked about are free, save for the food tastings and workshops. For more info, check out the festival’s official website.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Paul McAuliffe has said of the event: “Dublin Chinese New Year Festival has been a wonderful addition to Dublin’s cultural calendar since its founding in 2008. This year’s programme is one of the strongest to date, with a jam-packed schedule of exciting events set to take place across the city.”

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Calum Armitage is an Irish writer from County Down. He is currently a journalism undergraduate studying in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is passionate about writing (both fiction & non-fiction), travel, and Formula 1. His goal is to one day be a published novelist and to dedicate his time to writing full-time. Also, he owns a chubby black cat named Dracula who likes to sleep on his books while he is trying to read.