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What's On 2017


EVENTS AT A GLANCE... HERE

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. 
 

February 2017

 

Saturday 25 February, 11.15am-4.15pm 

& Sunday 26 February, 1.15-4.15pm

Two-Day Workshop for Adults: 
Western Illuminations

Have you ever wondered how pigments are made? This workshop gives you an opportunity to learn how to mix pigments and transform them into luscious colours using natural materials and traditional techniques. on day two, you will apply your own paints with very fine brushes to decorate patterns inspired by the Library's illuminated manuscripts. Limited to 15 adults, €60 per person, materials provided. Please book HERE

This event is now fully booked, to be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 01 4070766 or Justyna on 01 4070772.

Saturday 25 February, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour: Dürer
Orla Ryan,  Guide, Chester Beatty Library

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. FREE, no booking required.

March 2017

Friday 3 March, 10am

The Art of Friendship: Japanese Surimono Prints exhibition opens to the public.  Click HERE for more information

Saturday 4 March, 2-3.30pm

Silk Worm Club: Stylish Surimono Prints
Join us to view The Art of Friendship exhibition and create your own Japanese-inspired work, using creative foam printing boards to design and produce a surimono print. Limited to 20 children aged 6-11 years. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE.

This event is now fully booked, to be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 01 4070766 or Justyna on 01 4070772.

Wednesday 8 March, 1pm

Film Screening: Half-life in Fukushima

Five years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Naoto Matsumura, a Japanese farmer ekes out a solitary existence within the radiation red zone. Here, the blowing wind is the soundtrack to Naoto's lonely days, spent cultivating his land and feeding his cattle. Naoto fights to build a new life in this post-apocalyptic landscape, fearlessly facing the silent danger of radioactivity. He is a guardian of the past and the symbol of humanity's need for a change. Japanese subtitles with English subtitles. (60 mins). FREE, no booking required.

Irish Premiere, in association with Silk Road International Film Festival. 


Wednesday 8 March, 2.30pm

Film Screening: Nanny Culture

Ever wonder what goes on behind the discrete front doors of households dependent on their foreign nannies? 'Nanny culture' is an amusing peek at the learning curve of a nanny from the UK who finds herself at the heart of a lively Emirati family. Mary Poppins, perhaps, but with a very different kind of musical track! English (80 mins). FREE, no booking required.

Irish Premiere, in association with Silk Road International Film Festival.

Thursday 9 March, 2-4pm

Talk and Demonstration: Tanka, Haiku and Kimono


Explore the 1,500- year evolution of the Japanese kimono with Emily Waszak and Akiko Kidokoro. The kimono talk and demonstration will be followed by readings from tanka and haiku with poets Hisa Kagawa and Anatoly Kudryavitsky. This event has been officially endorsed as a commemorative event of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland, and is organised in association with the embassy of Japan in Ireland.  FREE, no booking required.

Saturday 11 March, 11am

Intercultural Tours with Community Ambassadors:
Mandarin Language Tour with Vicky Wang

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. FREE, no booking required.

Saturday 11 March, 11.15am-1.30pm


Creative Club for Teens: Haiku for Everybody (12-14 year olds)

Meet Eriko Tsugawa who will give you a history of haiku, a short three-lined poem. We will explore haiku masters and amateurs alike and you will then compose your own haiku. You will experience Japanese calligraphy using traditional inks and brushes. Limited to 15 teens per session. FREE, booking essential. Please book HERE.


Saturday 11 March, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour:Symbolism in Chinese Art
Joan Barnwell, Guide, Chester Beatty Library

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. FREE, no booking required.

Saturday 11 March, 2.15-4.30pm

Creative Club for Teens: Haiku for Everybody (15-17 year olds)

Meet Eriko 
Tsugawa who will give you a history of haiku, a short three-lined poem. We will explore haiku masters and amateurs alike and you will then compose your own haiku. You will experience Japanese calligraphy using traditional inks and brushes. Limited to 15 teens per session. FREE, booking essential. Please book HERE. 

Sunday 12 March, 2pm

Intercultural Tours with Community Ambassadors:
Japanese Language Tour with Hiromi Anzai

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. FREE, no booking required. FREE, no booking required.

Sunday 12 March, 2.15-2.45pm


Storytelling for Families: Japanese Storytelling


Enjoy our exhibition
The Art of Friendship: Japanese Surimono Prints, then take a journey back in time with storyteller Rósín Murphy, as she recounts tales from thousands of years of Japanese culture. Suitable for all ages. FREE, no booking required.

Sunday 12 March, 3- 3.30pm

Storytelling for Families: Irish Legends and Folklore

Celebrating St Patrick’s Festival, storyteller Rósín Murphy will delve into much loved Irish stories that have been passed down through the generations, ó lámh go lámh, ó glúin go ghlúin. This event will be in English and Irish. Suitable for all ages. FREE, no booking required.

Saturday 18 March, 1pm

Intercultural Tours with Community Ambassadors:
Irish Language Tour with Jack Fitzgerald

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. FREE, no booking required.

Saturday 18 March, 1pm

Film: Brooklyn

To celebrate St Patrick’s Festival, join us for the story of a young Irish woman, Eilis who moves to New York in an attempt to secure work to support her mother and sister in Ireland. Fighting the turmoil of being homesick and lonely, she finds love in this new cosmopolitan world. When she is forced to return home, she is torn between her loyalty to her family and tradition against the freedom and independence she found in New York. English. 2015, 12A (117 min). FREE, no booking required.

Sunday 19 March, 1-3pm

Drop in Drawing Session

Learn drawing techniques, including line drawing, shading perspective and decoration during these relaxed informal sessions. Suitable for ages 13+. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; dry materials only. FREE, no booking required.

Sunday 19 March, 2pm

Performance: Music by Farah Elle


To celebrate Nowruz and the beginning of spring the Library welcomes singer-songwriter, Farah Elle. With an alternative pop sound influenced by an eclectic taste of genres, her rhythmic lyrics, piano-driven arrangements and distinctive voice echoes from her Libyan background, fusing cultures together in a blend of language and music. Suitable for all ages. FREE, no booking required.


Thursday 23 March, 1:10pm


Lunchtime Lecture: The World behind Surimono Poetry Prints,

Daan Kok, Curator Japan and Korea, National Museum of World Cultures (Netherlands)

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library.
FREE, no booking required.

Saturday 25 March, 12noon

Qi Gong at the Rooftop Garden

Qi Gong is a traditional Chinese form of meditation, coordinating slow movement, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm state of mind. Join us for a gentle practice outdoors (weather permitting) or indoors with the view of the rooftop garden. Suitable for all ages. FREE, no booking required, but places are limited.

Saturday 25 March, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour: Art of Edo,
Diana Delia, Guide, Chester Beatty Library

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. FREE, no booking required.

April 2017

 
Saturday 1 April, 11am

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador:
Mandarin Language Tour with Vicky Wang

Meeting point in the atrium of the Library. FREE, no booking required.

Saturday 1 April, 12.15-1pm

Tiny Fingers, Little Toes: Calling all Warriors!

Marvel at the style of the samurai warriors and create your own origami helmet in this craft workshop. Limited to 20 pre-school children and their parents or guardians. Free, first-come, first-served basis.

Saturday 1 April, 2-3.30pm


Silk Worm Club: Creative Concertinas

Explore the art of book-making and create your own book concertina inspired by our East Asian collections. Finish off your book by decorating its covers with beads, sequins and gem stones. Limited to 20 children aged 6 - 11 years. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE.


This event is now fully booked, to be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 01 4070766 or Justyna on 01 4070772.

Thursday 6 April, 1:10pm

Lunchtime Lecture: Ink Play: Social Artmaking and Collaborative Works in Japanese Art,

Dr Rosina Buckland, Senior Curator, Japan, National Museums Scotland

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library.
FREE, no booking required.

Saturday 8 April, 11.30am-1.30pm


Demonstration: Japanese Printmaking


The Library is happy to welcome back Japanese artist, Hiroko Imada, who will demonstrate the woodblock printmaking process. This event has been organised as part of the Experience Japan Festival.
FREE, no booking required.

Sunday 9 April, 12noon-4pm

Workshop For Adults: Embossing Workshop

Be inspired by The Art of Friendship exhibition and join printmaker, Hiroko Imada, and learn all about one of the techniques used to create Surimono prints. Blind embossing. Karazuri, or empty printing, is one of the techniques that sets woodblock printmaking apart from many other types of printmaking. It is a relief method wherein a print is created without the use of any ink. During the workshop, you will create your own beautifully embossed print. Limited to 20 adults, €35.00 per person, materials provided. Please book HERE

This event is now fully booked, to be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 01 4070766 or Justyna on 01 4070772.

Sunday 9 April, 2pm

Intercultural Tours with Community Ambassadors:
Japanese Language Tour with Hiromi Anzai


Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. FREE, no booking required

Tuesday 11 April, 10.15am-12.15pm


Teens Workshop: Introduction to Middle Eastern Food (12-14 year olds)

Join Abraham Phelan (Silk Road Café) for an introduction into the fascinating world of Middle Eastern ingredients, herbs and spices. Learn all about sumac and where chickpeas come from. Or find out what is the most expensive spice in the world? You will then be shown how to make falafel and hummus. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE


This event is now fully booked, to be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 01 4070766 or Justyna on 01 4070772

Wednesday 12 April, 10.15am-12.15pm


Teens Workshop: All Things Kofta (15 – 17 year olds)

Join Abraham Phelan (Silk Road Café) for an introduction on all things kofta (savoury meat, cheese or vegetarian ball).  You will work with your own private chef and learn the different ways of creating dishes using the basic kofta recipe including kofta pil tahini. Not to be missed! Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE


Thursday 13 April, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour: Biblical Papyri,
Kurt Kullmann, Guide, Chester Beatty Library

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. FREE, no booking required.

Thursday 27 April, 1.10pm

In Focus Tour: Japanese Surimono Prints: Poem and Image,
Mary O’Riordan, Guide, Chester Beatty Library

Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library. FREE, no booking required.

Saturday 29 April, 12noon
 

Qi Gong at the Rooftop Garden

Qi Gong is a traditional Chinese form of meditation, coordinating slow movement, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm state of mind. Join us for a gentle practice outdoors (weather permitting) or indoors with the view of the rooftop garden. Suitable for all ages. FREE, no booking required, but places are limited.

Sunday 30 April, 1-3pm

Drop in Drawing Session

Learn drawing techniques, including line drawing, shading perspective and decoration during these relaxed informal sessions. Suitable for ages 13+. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; dry materials only. FREE, no booking required.


Sunday 30 April, 1-3pm


Film: Peter Pan


The Darling family receive a visit from the boy who never grew up, Peter Pan and he whisks them off to Never Never Land. But all is not as perfect as it seems, especially when an ongoing war reaches its peak between Peter Pan and Captain Hook. English. 1953, (77min). FREE, no booking required.