Find Your Fire in The Year of The Dragon 

Launch of the 10th Hill Street Family Resource Centre Lunar New Year Community Celebration

by Alison O'Hanlon
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The highly anticipated Hill Street Family Resource Centre Lunar New Year Community celebration returns for its tenth year on Sunday, 11th February 2024 from 2pm.

The Lunar New Year will see Dublin’s North Inner City’s Hill Street transformed into an abundance of colour and festivity. 2024 celebrates the Year of the Dragon, a year of Growth, Abundance and Prosperity. 

This family free event is brought to you by Hill Street Family Resource Centre (HSFRC) in collaboration with the North East Inner City initiative (NEIC).

There will be traditional interactive workshops with live performances from South East Asian Communities including a variety of entertainment, from food and drama to Tai Chi, Origami and Calligraphy. Open to all, there is something for everyone.

Launching the Festival, Jim Gavin, NEIC Chairperson commented, “It is a wonderful celebration for all involved at Hill Street Family Resource Centre. I am really looking forward to seeing Dublin’s Inner City transformed by a celebration of culture and diversity to ring in the Lunar New Year – The Year of the Dragon! There will be spectacular, colourful entertainment that includes the children and families in the North East Inner City. It is definitely an event not to be missed for all in the community”.

Pictured at the launch of The Hill Street Family Resource Centre Lunar New Community Celebration were Children from the HSFRC community, Aimee Xu (7),Ayla. Zheng (8),Mia Tian (9) and Cathy Zheng (10) with Jim Gavin, NElC Chairperson.
Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography 2024

Eileen Smith, CEO of HSFRC, is delighted to be involved in the Lunar New Year Community Celebration on Hill Street again this year. “It is great to be able to continue this tradition ten years later, celebrating Asian culture and the Lunar New Year with all the families involved in our resource centre. It is always a fantastic weekend for everyone involved and we cannot wait to bring a burst of colour to Hill Street on Sunday 11th of February.”

Eileen continued “This community is incredibly close-knit, our staff, volunteers, and neighbours, have been preparing for this significant cultural event over the past few months. This event provides a space where diverse cultures are recognised. Celebrating diversity in our community is paramount to all of us here at the Centre. HSFRC believes that creating spaces that celebrate differences encourages meaningful integration for all.”

Everyone is invited to take part in this important festive and cultural celebration. Join us as we say goodbye to the Year of the Rabbit, and hello to the Year of the Dragon! Don’t miss the fantastic celebration of food, art, music and culture at the Lunar New Year Community Celebration from 2 pm to 7 pm, Sunday 11th February, on Hill Street in Dublin 1.

The 2024 Lunar New Year Community Celebration is organised by Hill Street Family Resource Centre, funded by the Government under the North East Inner City Initiative as part of its annual programme of community events, and is supported by Dublin City Council.

Photos Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography 2024

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