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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.

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September 2017


Friday 22 September, 5 – 10pm

Culture Night – Friday 22 September – Open until 10pm

Explore unique treasures at one of Dublin’s most popular museums and take a free guided tour of the Library’s’ permanent exhibitions at 6.30pm, 7.30pm or 8.30pm. Family Activity Packs / Drawing Packs from 6 to 8pm, and storytelling sessions for families (6.15pm) and adults only (8.15pm), please see below for details. The Library’s Gift & Bookshop and the Silk Road Café will also be open.


Friday 22 September, 6.15pm

Culture Night: Shahnama Family Storytelling

In this evening performance, storyteller Xanthe Gresham-Knight and musician Arash Moradi recount the tales of kings and heroes slaying fire-breathing dragons and monstrous beasts, foolish kings attempting to fly and wizards magically conjuring up snowstorms to defeat the opposing army. Free, no booking required, first-come, first-served.

Friday 22 September, 8.15pm

Culture Night: The Seven Princesses Storytelling Session suitable for Adults only

‘When night poured out its silken sack of musky black, Kind Bahrum, overcome by wine and love, asked the Black Princess with eyes like a gazelle, to open up her treasure box and tell him a tale…’

So begins the first of seven playful, poetic and often deeply sensual tales. Xanthe Gresham and Arash Moradi serve up a wild Persian fairy-tale. A labyrinthine epic of secret rooms, impatient passions, clever women, wigs, and prince who wrestled his crown from the teeth of two wild lions to become Kind. Free, no booking required, first-come, first-served.

Saturday 23 September, 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 23 September, 2pm


In Focus Tour: Chester Beatty’s Biblical Papyri

Dr Kurt Kullmann, Guide

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


Sunday 24 September, 2pm

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


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


Thursday 28 September, 1:10pm

Talk: The Trouble with Mani

Jessica Baldwin, Head of Collections and Dr Jill Unkel, Curator of the Western Collections, Chester Beatty Library. This talk has been organised to mark Dublin Festival of History.

The Chester Beatty’s remarkable Manichaean papyrus codices have a complicated history. Written in Coptic and dated to the fourth century, they include unique sacred texts of a lost religion. They survived the almost total destruction of Manichaeanism as well as a World War and the chaos of its aftermath. The poorly preserved papyrus was painstakingly conserved by Dr Hugo Ibscher and his son Rolf. However it remains a complex puzzle for both researchers and conservators due to the challenges of folios in sellotape-sealed Perspex frames and the significant sections that remain unconserved.

Saturday 30 September, 10:30 – 11:15am


Tiny Fingers, Little Toes:  Man on the Moon and the little Moon Princess


For the Mid – Autumn festival that celebrates the new moon, we will learn about the man on the moon and the moon princess then create them with edible traditional Chinese sweets. In association with Asia Market.
Free, booking essential, limited to the first 20 pre-school children. Please book HERE.

This event is fully booked. To be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 01 4070766.

Saturday 30 September 11am

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador:
Arabic Language Tour with Bayan Musallam


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


Saturday 30 September, 2-3.30pm


Silk Worm Club: Lunar Calendar Folding Book


To celebrate Mid-Autumn festival, come along and learn about phases of the moon and its many faces. You will also learn how to make a book with just one piece of paper and once it is unfolded all the mysteries of the moon can be seen in the form of a calendar. Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old. Please book HERE.

This event is fully booked. To be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 01 4070766.


October 2017


Sunday 1 October, 2pm 

Chinese Tea with Lei Xue

Fascinated with tea? Join Lei Xue and learn about Chinese tea culture, including methods of preparation and equipment. Lei will introduce the properties of varieties of tea and explain the brewing techniques. This event has been organised to mark Mid-Autumn festival, in association with Asia Market. Free, no booking required.


Tuesday 3 October, 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

Friday 6 October, 1:10pm

Talk: Bringing Goya to Belfast: The Disasters of War at the Ulster Museum

Anne Stewart, Curator of Fine Art, National Museums Northern Ireland.

Friday 6 October, 2:30pm

Dublin Arabic Film Festival 2017

Adieu
Mères (Goodbye Mothers)

Set in Casablanca, this tragic and poignant tale depicts the rise in tensions between the city’s Jewish and Muslim communities and divisions between families, relationships and friends. A thought-provoking and captivating drama, starring Rachid El Ouali. Arabic/French with English subtitles. 2007, CLUB (115min). Free, no booking required.

Saturday 7 October, 10:30am – 1pm (12 – 14 years)

Teens Lab Mid-Autumn Festival:


Making Mooncakes


The Mid-Autumn festival marks the end of the autumn harvest and the full moon in late September/early October in Chinese and Vietnamese culture. To celebrate, we will make moon cakes - a traditional Chinese delicacy - and learn about the harvest and lunar cycles. This event has been organised in association with Asia Market. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE


Saturday 7 October, 1:45pm – 4:15pm (15 - 17 years)


Teens Lab Mid-Autumn Festival:


Making Mooncakes


The Mid-Autumn festival marks the end of the autumn harvest and the full moon in late September/early October in Chinese and Vietnamese culture. To celebrate, we will make moon cakes - a traditional Chinese delicacy - and learn about the harvest and lunar cycles. This event has been organised in association with Asia Market. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE.

Sunday 8 October, 2pm

Dublin Arabic Film Festival 2017 

Ymma (Mother)

A charming romantic road movie by Rachid El Ouali, this stylish film follows the journey of a man who travels from Morocco to Corsica for love. Arabic with English subtitles. 2013, CLUB (103 min). Free, no booking required.  

Saturday 14 October, 10:30am – 1pm (12 – 17 years)


Creative Teens Lab and Open House: Old Meets New: Architectural Challenge


Celebrate this year's Open House Dublin and meet our Head of Collections, Jessica Baldwin. She will unravel the adaptation and extension story of the 18th-century Clocktower Building to host one of Dublin's most visited tourist attractions - the Chester Beatty Library. Afterwards take on a challenge and reimagine one of Dublin's landmarks, i.e. Custom House or City Hall for a new purpose, with artist Anna-Kadzik Bartoszewska. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE



Saturday 14 October, 2pm 


Diwali Concert: North Indian Classical Music


Witness the ancient and sophisticated magic of Indian classical music with Sougata Roy Chowdhury and Rupak Pandit. Sougata, is one of the finest sarod players today. He is a student of masters of the tradition including the late Dhyanesh Khan and Pandit Santosh Banerjee. Sougata displays a huge dynamic range from long, sustained slide notes to rapid rhythmic virtuosity, all within the classical framework. Rupak Pandit plays the percussion instrument, tabla. He studied with his father Shri Naresh Kumar Pandit and PT Chottelal Mishra in Benares. In association with the Indian Classical Music Society of Ireland. Free, no booking required.


Sunday 15 October, 12.30pm

Old Meets New: Behind the Scenes at the Chester Beatty Library

Join our Head of Collections, Jessica Baldwin, for a guided tour exploring how the Library has breathed life into an old building and created a new display space for some of the world's most important collections. This event has been organised in conjunction with the Irish Architecture Foundation for Open House 2017.
Limited to 15 Participants, booking essential. 
Please book HERE.

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

Sunday 15 October, 1.15 – 4.15pm

Light, Shadow and Shade Workshop

'In art there is no need for colour. Give me a crayon and I will 'paint' your portrait'

Francisco Goya

In his series of prints, Disasters of War, Goya abandons colour believing that light, shade and shadow provide for a more direct expression of the truth.  Join artist Lorraine Lawlor and create your own artistic responses to the exhibition, exploring techniques like chiaroscuro (light and dark), linear hatching and crosshatching to achieve dramatic black and white effects in your images. Limited to 15 places. €35.00 per person, materials provided. Booking essential. Please book HERE.


Sunday 15 October, 2pm

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


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


Thursday 19 October, 6pm

Dublin Greek Film Festival 2017

Xamou


Boasting breath-taking cinematography, haunting music and some mouth-watering food and wine, this mellow pick-me-up puts Greece's economic crisis in perspective through the experiences of Yannis, nicknamed Johnny, once the suavely elegant manager of Cretan 4-star hotels, now newly unemployed. Johnny still wakes early every morning, shaves and dresses impeccably, but retreats to his cave-like office where he researches job possibilities on the computer while trying to resist the lure of online gambling. When his beautiful wife finally pulls him out of his cave, Johnny begins an odyssey around the vibrant island and in the process, discovers a new way of life by promoting the traditional goods and services of his neighbours. Evening screening, in association with the Dublin Greek Film Festival, followed by a wine reception. Admission €10 per person. Booking essential, please book with Justyna Chmielewska tel. 01 4070772, email: 
film@cbl.ie

Saturday 21 October, 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. 

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


Sunday 22 October, 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.

Saturday 28 October, 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 28 October, 11am

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador:
Arabic Language Tour with Bayan Musallam

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


Saturday 28 October, 2 – 3:30pm

Silk Worm Club: Mask Madness

Are you cute as a fox, mad as a March hare or clever as a monkey? Through the craft of mask making we can become something completely different  Join us and delve into the theatre of the mask. 
Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old. Please book HERE.

This event is fully booked. To be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 01 4070766.


November 2017


Wednesday 1 November, 10:30am – 1pm (12 – 14 years)

Creative Teens Lab: Mindfulness: It’s All about Attitude


Join us for a unique workshop exploring meditation and mindfulness. We will lead the group in discussions of positive attitude, purposeful action and experiential exercises. A certificate of achievement will be awarded at the end of the workshop. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE


Wednesday 1 November, 1:45pm – 4:15pm (15 – 17 years)


Creative Teens Lab: Mindfulness: It’s All about Attitude

Join us for a unique workshop exploring meditation and mindfulness. We will lead the group in discussions of positive attitude, purposeful action and experiential exercises. A certificate of achievement will be awarded at the end of the workshop. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE

Friday 3 November, 2pm 


Film – Kubo and the Two Strings


Join us this mid-term for the story of  Kubo, who brings origami creations to life in his peaceful Japanese village. But events take a turn when Kubo inadvertently conjures up a spirit from the past set on revenge against his family. English. 2016, PG (102 min). Free, no booking required.


Tuesday 7 November, 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 9 November, 1:10pm

Talk: Goya and the Spanish Art Tradition

Dr Marta Bustillo, independent art historian

This lecture will examine the influence of Spanish Golden Age artists such as El Greco & Velazquez on Goya's work.

Sunday 12 November, 12.30 – 4.00pm


Portrait Workshop


Francisco Goya is regarded as an outstanding portrait painter with the exceptional ability to portray his models beyond their physical appearances. In this workshop we will look closely at Goya’s pencil and charcoal drawings. Using these materials, we will learn how to produce a head and shoulders portrait. Artist Roxana Manouchehri, will compare and contrast the traditions of Western, Middle Eastern and East-Asian portraits. Suitable for beginners. Limited to 15 places. €35.00 per person, materials provided. Booking essential. Please book HERE.


Sunday 12 November, 2pm

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

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


Wednesday 15 November, 2pm

Film – Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Vicky and Cristina, two American friends on a summer holiday in Barcelona, become involved with a Spanish painter. When  his ex-wife reappears, their fiery relationship reignites, engulfing all. English. 2008, 15A (96 min). Free, no booking required.


Thursday 16 November, 2pm

In Focus Tour: Disasters of War: The Etchings of Francisco Goya.
Mary O’Riordan, Guide

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

Saturday 18 November, 11am

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


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


Sunday 19 November, 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.

Saturday 25 November, 11am

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador:
Arabic Language Tour with Bayan Musallam

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

Saturday 25 November, 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.

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


Sunday 26 November, 2pm

Film – El Sur

A haunting and melancholy story of childhood. A girl from the north of Spain is fascinated by the magical and mysterious tales of the south and the secrets about her father that are held there. Spanish, with English subtitles. 1983, CLUB (105 mins). Free, no booking required.


Thursday 30 November, 1:10pm

Talk: ‘Hyakunin isshu karuta’: A Card Game Made from a Hundred Japanese Poems

Peter MacMillan, poet, printmaker and translator.


December 2017


Saturday 2 December, 10:30 – 11:15am


Tiny Fingers, Little Toes:  Icicle, Popsicle Christmas Creatures


For this festive season listen to a short story about a busy little mouse and a freezing cold reindeer. Then we will make the characters using lollipop sticks, markers, cotton wool and felt. 
Free, booking essential, limited to the first 20 pre-school children. Please book HERE.

This event is fully booked. To be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 01 4070766.

Saturday 2 December, 2pm

In Focus Tour: Goya’s Disasters of War
Dr. Jill Unkel, Curator of the Western Collections

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


Saturday 2 December, 2 – 3:30pm

Silk Worm Club: 'When I grow up' Self-Portraits

Francisco Goya and other artists who painted famous people often added props to represent the occupation and status of their models to capture their life stories. What objects would you put in your self-portrait to tell the story of what you'd like to be when you are older? 
Limited to 20 children, 6 – 11 years old. Please book HERE.

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

Sunday 3 December, 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 3 December, 1.30 – 4pm

Pottery Workshop

Why not surprise someone this Christmas with a hand-made gift? Join artist Christien van Bussel and create your own decorative box and cover. We will learn how to form, colour and glaze clay before it is fired to make it strong and durable. Your pottery will be ready for collection at the Library from Thursday 14 December. Suitable for all levels. Limited to 15 participants, €35.00 per person, materials provided. Booking Essential. Please Book HERE.

Sunday 3 December, 2pm

Mixed Melodies Music Performance

This Christmas season, the Georgian Youth Ensemble Mixed Melodies, conducted by Ms Zizi Nanobashvili-Loftus, will sing an array of traditional Georgian polyphonic and international songs, including some of your favourite Christmas carols. This event is organised by the Embassy of Georgia to Ireland. Free, no booking required.


Tuesday 5 December, 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 7 December, 1:10pm

Talk: Francisco Goya: From Palace Paintings to Private Pictures

Caoilte O Mahony, Education Officer, National Gallery of Ireland.

By the time he started on The Disasters of War in 1810, Goya had worked his way up from a humble working-class background to be the leading artist of Spain – Painter to the King.  But his story is also the story of Spain during one of the most volatile periods of its history. This talk will consider Goya as an astute observer of the world around him, and present his art as a direct response to the tumultuous events of his day - from the liberations of the Enlightenment, to the suppressions of the Inquisition, to the horrors of war following the Napoleonic invasion.

Saturday 9 December, 11:15am – 1:15pm (12 – 14 years)


Creative Teens Lab: Origami Christmas workshop


Using
basic origami folds and techniques before transforming your choice of paper  into beautiful and elegant decorations for home or as a handmade present. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please book HERE


This event is fully booked. To be added to the waiting list please contact Heidi on 01 4070766.

Saturday 9 December, 2pm – 4pm (15 – 17 years)


Creative Teens Lab: Origami Christmas workshop


Using basic origami folds and techniques before transforming your choice of paper  into beautiful and elegant decorations for home or as a handmade present. Limited to 15 teens per session. Free, booking essential. Please bookHERE.

Saturday 9 December, 2pm

In Focus Tour: Chester Beatty’s Icons
Dr. Kurt Kullmann, Guide

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


Sunday 10 December, 2pm

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


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


Saturday 16 December, 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 16 December, 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.

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


Sunday 17 December, 2pm

Film - The Lost Letter

Narrated by Kate Winslet, this short film tells the tale of a young boy as he prepares his neighbourhood for Christmas. That is until he confronts the one lady who doesn’t want the holiday to come at all. The determined boy does all he can to bring colour to her dreary world, only to discover the truth behind her lack of Christmas spirit. English. 2016, G (8min)


Sunday 17 December, 2.15pm


Film - Lady and the Tramp


Join us for a screening of Disney's 1955 animated classic featuring a pampered cocker- spaniel, Lady and the care-free and easy – going Tramp. English. 1995, G (76 min). Free, no booking required.


Saturday 23 December, 11am

Intercultural Tour with Community Ambassador:
Arabic Language Tour with Bayan Musallam

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