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What's On 2017


EVENTS AT A GLANCE... HERE

Free guided tours are available at 1pm on Wednesdays, 2pm on Saturdays and 3pm on Sundays.


All lectures, guided tours & films are on a first-come, first- served basis with no booking required, unless otherwise stated.

September - December events will go live on
Monday, 28 August at 10am. 


August 2017


Saturday 19 August, 2pm – 3:30pm

Paper Lanterns


Learn how to use LEDs and paper to create decorative lanterns inspired by the collection to hang in your bedroom at night time. In association with Heritage Week. Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE.


This event is now fully booked. Please contact Heidi on 014070766 or Justyna on 014070772 to be added to the waiting list.

Sunday 20 August, 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.

Tuesday 22 August, 10:15am – 12:45pm (12 – 14 years)

Paper Lampshade workshop

This creative and practical workshop is about transforming 2D into 3D and the playful use of light. Learn how to combine basic electrical DIY skills with the creative medium of paper folding. Make a unique paper lampshade inspired by the geometric art of the Islamic Collections. In association with Heritage Week. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE

This event is now fully booked. Please contact Heidi on 014070766 or Justyna on 014070772 to be added to the waiting list.

Tuesday 22 August, 1:45 – 4:15pm (15 – 17 years)


Paper Lampshade workshop


This creative and practical workshop is about transforming 2D into 3D and the playful use of light. Learn how to combine basic electrical DIY skills with the creative medium of paper folding. Make a unique paper lampshade inspired by the geometric art of the Islamic Collections. In association with Heritage Week. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE



Thursday 24 August, 1:10pm


Talk: Mirror of the World- Conserving captivating collections at the Chester Beatty Library


Dorothea Müller, Heritage Council Intern in Conservation, Chester Beatty Library.
Free, no booking required.

Saturday 26 August, 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.


Meeting point in the atrium of the Library.

Sunday 27 August, 1pm

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador:
Japanese Language Tour with Hiromi Anzai


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


Sunday 27 August, 2pm

Musical Performance on Koto and Shakuhachi

Join us for an afternoon of live music featuring koto, the Japanese zither, and shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute. Listen to the music of the Edo period, including arrangements inspired by Turlough O'Carolin and 20th century melodies. This performance celebrates the Heritage Week and marks the end of The Art of Friendship: Japanese Surimono Prints. Free, no booking required.

Monday 28 August, 12noon


Conversations on Art: Dementia-friendly tours


The Chester Beatty Library is delighted to offer a selection of interactive tours specially designed for people living with dementia and their loved ones (Azure Tours). Take a break from the everyday and enjoy an afternoon of conversations on art and life in general. Join us for a relaxing tea or coffee in the Silk Road Café before we take you on a tour of our beautiful collections. Limited to 10 Participants per tour, attendance is Free, however booking is required. Please call Heidi Campbell on 01 4070766 for more information.