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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.

June 2017


Saturday 24 June, 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 24 June, 11:30am


Storytelling for Families: The Golden Bat

One the best loved Japanese superheroes is brought to life at the Chester Beatty Library. Enjoy an exciting picture-story performance by Hideyuki Yamashiro as he recounts tales of the Golden Bat (Ōgon Bat) Free, no booking required.

Saturday 24 June, 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.

Saturday 24 June, 2pm

In Focus Tour: The Dragon Robe and the Twelve Symbols of Sovereignty,

Vicky Wang, Guide, Chester Beatty Library.

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


Saturday 24 June, 2pm

Silent Film Live Show with Narration and Music

Join us for an afternoon of pure entertainment with a showing of a 1925 black and white Japanese silent movie Orochi. This screening will be complemented by a live narration called Katsudo Benshi and an improvised piano accompaniment by Mie Yanashita. The event will start with a short introduction describing Katsudo Benshi. Free, no booking required.

Monday 26 June, 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.


Wednesday 28 June, 2pm– 4:45pm (12 – 17 year olds)


Creative Teens Film Lab: Sing Street


Join us for some pizza and a screening of Sing Street, the coming-of-age comedy about a boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s who escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes. English. 2015, 12A (106 min) Free, booking essential. Please book HERE.

Thursday 29 June, 1:10pm

Talk: The Late Work of Katsushika Hokusai


Alfred Haft, Curator, Japanese Section, British Museum. 
Free, no booking required.

July 2017


Saturday 1 July, 2pm

An Afternoon of Music: Gagaku performance and workshop featuring Shō with Naoyuki Manabe


Gagaku is a type of Japanese classical music, dance and song. It is the oldest music in Japan and was played at the Imperial Court and at ancient religious temples. Nowadays Gagaku is based on the music played at the Imperial Household Agency which is recognised as the world's oldest orchestra - playing for over 1,300 years. Gagaku includes the use of wind, string and percussion instruments.
Shō is a traditional Japanese reed instrument, made up of slender bamboo pipes gathered together in a bundle. The instrument’s tone is similar to an organ and it produces sound whether the player’s breath is inhaled or exhaled, allowing extended periods of uninterrupted play. This event has been officially endorsed as a commemorative event of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland, and is organised in association with the Embassy of Japan in Ireland. Free, no booking required.


Friday 7 July, 12:15 – 1pm


Tiny Fingers, Little Toes:  Make a Wish on a Star


To celebrate the beautiful Tanabata Star Festival you can make your own colourful wish and hang it from bamboo. What colour streamer will yours have?
These mini-workshops are for pre-school children and their parents or guardians. Free, no booking required, but limited to the first 20 participants per session

Sunday 9 July, 2 – 2:45pm

Drop in Origami for Families

Make your own origami in the shape of animals, flowers and fish with Akiko Kidokoro. Free, no booking required but limited to 20 participants: first-come, first-served.


Monday 10 July, 10:30am – 12noon


Silk Worm Club: Clay Creations

Get your hands dirty as you create a beautiful plate or bowl. Decorate your pottery with all kinds of shapes and colours. All pieces will be glazed and fired in a pottery oven to make them strong and food safe so you can eat from them. This process takes some time; your pottery will be available for collection from the Library from Friday 14th July. Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old. 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 11 July, 10:30am – 12noon


Silk Worm Club: Japanese Doll Bookmark

Be inspired by the beautiful ladies featured in The Art of Friendship and join us to create your own origami doll bookmark. Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old. 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

Wednesday 12 July, 10:30am – 12noon


Silk Worm Club: Furoshiki Workshop

Come to our workshop and learn more about the Japanese wrapping cloth – furoshiki. We will take a closer look at the patterns and designs found in the surimono prints and recreate some of them on our cloths. Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old. 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

Thursday 13 July, 10:30am – 12noon


Silk Worm Club: Dress up dolls

Are you interested in fashion? Come along to design a beautiful kimono for your paper doll using fabric or origami paper. Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old. 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

Friday 14 July, 10:30am – 12noon


Silk Worm Club: Tote Bags

Have you ever wanted to personalise your bag? Then why not express yourself during this workshop inspired by our Japanese exhibition. Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old. 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 16 July, 12noon – 4pm


Workshop for Adults: Shibori textiles


Shibori is a Japanese dyeing technique, used to produce pattern on fabric. Join fashion designer and textile artist Rebecca Marsden to make a unique, fabric bound notebook perfect for poems, musings or a gift for a friend. Take inspiration from the patterns displayed on the surimono prints and create your own hand-dyed shibori textile. Limited to 15 places, booking essential.  €35.00 per person, materials provided. 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 16 July, 2pm

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


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


Monday 17 July, 10:30 – 1pm (12 – 14 years)


Teens Lab Summer Special: Japanese Arts and Crafts


Unravelling the Knot: Illuminated Knots


Learn to draw and tie a range of Celtic and Japanese knots with Maker-in-Residence Corinne Okada Takara. In this introductory workshop, participants will discover the importance and symbolism of knot traditions in Japanese and Irish culture. You will then create intricate knot drawings on grid paper and make your own light-up Japanese knot necklace or keychain. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential.  Please book HERE


Monday 17 July, 1:45 – 4:15pm (15 – 17 years)


Teens Lab Summer Special: Japanese Arts and Crafts


Unravelling the Knot: Illuminated Knots


Learn to draw and tie a range of Celtic and Japanese knots with Maker-in-Residence Corinne Okada Takara. In this introductory workshop, participants will discover the importance and symbolism of knot traditions in Japanese and Irish culture. You will then create intricate knot drawings on grid paper and make your own light-up Japanese knot necklace or keychain. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential.  Please book HERE


Tuesday 18 July, 10:30am – 12:30pm


Drop in Activity: Japanese and Celtic knots

Join us and learn how to tie a range of traditional Japanese and Irish knots with our Maker-in-Residence, creative technologist, Corinne Okada Takara. Materials provided. Free, no booking required.

Tuesday 18 July, 10:30 – 1pm (12 – 14 years)

Teens Lab Summer Special: Japanese Arts and Crafts


Manga Workshop: Faces


Learn how to draw manga style faces using a variety of materials with artist Lorraine Lawlor. Bring your own selfie to turn into an anime self-portrait
. 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 18 July, 1:45 – 4:15pm (15 - 17 years)


Teens Lab Summer Special: Japanese Arts and Crafts


Manga Workshop: Faces


Learn how to draw manga style faces using a variety of materials with artist Lorraine Lawlor. Bring your own selfie to turn into an anime self-portrait
. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential.  Please book HERE

Wednesday 19 July, 10:30 – 1pm (12 – 14 years)


Teens Lab Summer Special: Japanese Arts and Crafts


Unravelling the Knot: Mizuhiki Cording Bookmarks & Sculpture Fabric Knots


Join Maker-in-Residence Corinne Okada Takara and explore Celtic and Japanese knots using traditional Japanese mizuhiki cording and design your own three dimensional sculptural fabric knots. We will draw inspiration from the Library’s Japanese Collection and Celtic knot patterns found in Dublin.
Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential.  Please book HERE

Wednesday 19 July, 1:45 – 4:15pm (15 - 17 years)


Teens Lab Summer Special: Japanese Arts and Crafts


Unravelling the Knot: Mizuhiki Cording Bookmarks & Sculpture Fabric Knots


Join Maker-in-Residence Corinne Okada Takara and explore Celtic and Japanese knots using traditional Japanese mizuhiki cording and design your own three dimensional sculptural fabric knots. We will draw inspiration from the Library’s Japanese Collection and Celtic knot patterns found in Dublin.
Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential.  Please book HERE

Thursday 20 July, 10:30 am– 12:30pm


Drop in Activity: Japanese and Celtic knots


Join us and learn how to tie a range of traditional Japanese and Irish knots with our Maker-in-Residence, creative technologist, Corinne Okada Takara. Materials provided. Free, no booking required.


Thursday 20 July, 10:30 – 1pm (12 – 14 years)


Teens Lab Summer Special: Japanese Arts and Crafts


Manga Workshop: Action Figures


Are you interested in manga comics? Join us and learn how to draw manga action figures with artist Lorraine Lawlor.
Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential.  Please book HERE

Thursday 20 July, 1:15 – 4:45pm (15 – 17 years)


Teens Lab Summer Special: Japanese Arts and Crafts


Manga Workshop: Action Figures


Are you interested in manga comics? Join us and learn how to draw manga action figures with artist Lorraine Lawlor.
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

Friday 21 July, 10:30 – 1pm (12 – 14 years)


Teens Lab Summer Special: Japanese Arts and Crafts


Unravelling the Knot: Knots in 3D space


Join Maker-in-Residence Corinne Okada Takara to construct small boxes and invent floating knots using nylon cording woven into the grid. You will also explore illuminating your knot by building a simple paper circuit.
Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential.  Please book HERE

Friday 21 July, 1:15 – 4:45pm (15 - 17 years)


Teens Lab Summer Special: Japanese Arts and Crafts


Unravelling the Knot: Knots in 3D space


Join Maker-in-Residence Corinne Okada Takara to construct small boxes and invent floating knots using nylon cording woven into the grid. You will also explore illuminating your knot by building a simple paper circuit.
Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential.  Please book HERE

Saturday 22 July, 10:30 – 2pm

Dublin Maker and Festival of Curiosity

Our Creative Lab will visit the annual Dublin Maker and Festival of Curiosity to discover DIY electronics, inventions, crafts and much more. Off-site event. 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.

Sunday 23 July, 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.

Monday 24 July, 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.


Thursday 27 July, 1:10pm


Talk: Speaking in Tongues- The many languages of the Chester Beatty Bibles


Dr Jill Unkel, Curator of Western Collections, Chester Beatty Library.
Free, no booking required.

Saturday 29 July, 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 29 July, 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 30 July, 2pm


Film – Sweet Bean


When an elderly woman arrives at a pancake shop looking for a job the manager feels a sympathetic pressure to help her. Then when he tastes her unique sweet bean jelly, a charming and beautiful relationship blossoms centred on their shared love of food. Japanese, with English subtitles. 2015, PG (113 min). Free, no booking required.

August 2017


Thursday 3 August, 1:10pm

Talk: Privately Commissioned- An Examination of Surimono, Books and Paintings by Hokusai

Dr Ryoko Matsuba, Research Assistant, Late Hokusai Project, SOAS, University of London and the British Museum.
Free, no booking required.

Saturday 5 August 10.30am - 4pm & Sunday 6 August, 12noon- 4pm

Sumi-e Workshop

Sumi-e is a Japanese word for a black ink painting. The artist strives to capture the essence of the subject matter, using the fewest strokes possible. Join us for this two-day workshop with an internationally renowned traditional Zen arts Master, who will introduce the use of the sumi-e brush, its techniques and the basic principles of the composition. Suitable for all levels. Two-day workshop, limited to 20 participants, €65.00 per person, materials provided. 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.

Saturday 5 August, 2pm


In Focus Tour: Dürer,

Orla Ryan, Guide, Chester Beatty Library.

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

Thursday 10 August, 1:10pm


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

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


Saturday 12 August, 2pm


In Focus Tour: The Art of Friendship,
Dr Mary Redfern, Curator of the East Asian Collections Chester Beatty Library
.

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


Sunday 13 August, 2pm


Drop in Origami for Families


Make your own origami in the shape of animals, flowers and fish with Akiko Kidokoro. Free, no booking required but limited to 20 participants: first-come, first-served.


Wednesday 16 August, 2pm


Film – When Marnie was There


This charming animation from Studio Ghibli tells the tale of an emotionally distant young girl who becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and the girl who lives there – a girl who may not be real. Japanese with English subtitles. 2014, PG (103 min). Free, no booking required.

Saturday 19 August, 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 19 August, 12:15 – 1pm


Tiny Fingers, Little Toes:  Dragon Workshop


Attention dragons and dragon hunters! Join us to hear the stories about these legendary creatures and create your own friendly beast. In association with Heritage Week.
Free, no booking required, but limited to the first 20 participants per session.

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


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.