Fun for all as Chinese New Year is celebrated with exciting festival

by Rachel Darcy

Details of the 2020 Dublin Chinese New Year Festival have been announced, celebrating The Year of the Rat from January 24 to February 10.

Each year, the festival invites everyone to immerse themselves in Chinese culture, with a programme that includes talks, visual arts, performance, film, music and many family-friendly events.

Highlights of this year’s festival include the Spring Festival Fair, two days of music and fun at the Dublin City Fruit and Vegetable Market, as well as a selection of galas, concerts, talks, films and food experiences across the city.

It will be a family-friendly affair, with workshops for families and children to learn more about Chinese traditions also on offer.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Paul Mc Auliffe, said: “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.”

Speaking at the festival launch, the Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency He Xiangdong, said: “As we prepare to welcome the Chinese New Year of the Rat, I am delighted to extend my festive greetings and best wishes to the Chinese community in Ireland, and to our Irish friends and partners.

“I wish everybody a very happy and prosperous new year!”

For further information, see dublinchinesenewyear.com.

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