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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. 

 

March 2017


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, 11.00am

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, 11.30am

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

Meeting point is 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.

Sunday 2 April, 2pm

Film: The Letters (Tegami)


This melancholy film follows the story of Nao whose brother is found guilty of murder. Spanning 10 years in his life, Nao must face the struggles and stigmas of being associated by blood to someone capable of such a crime. Told through the letters sent between the two brothers and with stunning imagery and a breath-taking score the Chester Beatty is proud to offer this film in association with the Japanese Film Festival. Japanese with English subtitles. 2006, (121min). FREE, no booking required


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, 2pm and 3.30pm

Music Town 2017 Concert at the Chester Beatty Library
The Book of the Dead: Supernatural encounters at the margins of death

The Egyptian Book of the Dead is the inspiration for this recital of songs concerning supernatural encounters at the approach of death's hour –‘the moment of truth’. 

The ancient Egyptian funerary text, commonly called The Book of the Dead; a fragment of which is exhibited in the Chester Beatty Library; is a guide for the soul of the deceased through a series of trials, to the Egyptian afterlife in the field of Rushes. The climactic moment of this journey; which is illustrated in the Chester Beatty’s exhibit; shows the weighing of the soul’s heart by the Jackal headed Anubis against the feather of truth. If the scales are unbalanced, the heart is fed to the soul-devouring demon Ammit. 

Death is seen in folklore as the one unequivocal experience of all mankind. It is the great leveller; the one truth which all must face and where the soul and all its secrets are bared in the ultimate assessment. It is the point where the supernatural touches life; where spirits may walk amongst the living and where the living can get a glimpse of what lies beyond the veil.

Join us at the Chester Beatty Library and listen to songs of demonic chattering above the battlefield of men, supernatural visitations, gloriously dark ‘vision songs’, and songs of the wisdom of a life well lived. 

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

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 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.