Puppy power rules as Dublin cel­e­brates the Year of the Dog

Irish Daily Mail - - Femail Magazine -

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

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