Puppy power rules as Dublin celebrates the Year of the Dog
IMPORTANT buildings across Dublin will take on a red glow tomorrow to celebrate the start of Chinese New Year, which runs for 17 days until March 4.
As one of the capital’s most colourful and creative festivals, it’s going to be a lively couple of weeks of dragons, drummers and dumplings with a host of special events, many of which are family friendly and free.
This is your chance to indulge in Chinese films, feast on the country’s many national delicacies on tasting tours or take part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.
For aspiring artists there are workshops galore, including scroll-making and ink-painting sessions for adults, and lantern painting and Chinese comic-book workshops for children.
It’s the Year of the Dog so expect plenty of canine-themed events, from a dog life-drawing class to a talk by David Blake Knox, author of The Curious History of Irish Dogs. There’s even a dog costume art workshop for pure puppy power! My favourite has to be Let’s Dance — It’s Hip to Be Square. Get your groove on with some Chinese square dancing in Meeting House Square this Sunday afternoon, where dance leaders (guangchang wu) will turn up the Asian electro pop and give Dubliners a real workout. ÷ FOR more information, see dublinchinesenewyear.com