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Hill Street hooley!

Thursday, 7th February, 2019 6:00pm
Hill Street hooley!

Pictured annoucing the Hill Street celebration is Lord Mayor Nial Ring with Amina Zheng (10), Anna Zheng (9), Fiona Weng (9) and Lisa An (11) in traditional Chinese dress. Photo: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Hill Street hooley!

Pictured annoucing the Hill Street celebration is Lord Mayor Nial Ring with Amina Zheng (10), Anna Zheng (9), Fiona Weng (9) and Lisa An (11) in traditional Chinese dress. Photo: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

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THE Dublin Chinese New Year festivities have begun and this Saturday (February 9) there’ll be a special celebration taking place on Hill Street in Dublin 1 from 2-7pm.

The Hill Street Family Resource Centre (HSFRC) is hosting a free family-friendly event that will showcase live performances from local Chinese talent, as well as traditional interactive Chinese workshops.

This year celebrates the final Chinese zodiac animal, the pig, and Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) organisers are marking it with a two week programme of events that began on February 1 and runs until February 17.

The programme includes talks, visual arts, performance, film, music and many family-friendly events – including the one at Hill Street this weekend – for the cultural celebration.

Festival highlights include a performance by world-renowned guitarist Xuefei Yang on Sunday February 17 at 3pm at the Freemason’s Hall.

The Spring Festival Gala event taking place on Saturday February 16 from 7.30pm-9pm at the Convention Centre promises a spectacular evening of performance.

Adding to the artistic diversity of traditional Chinese dance, arts and instrument performances, the gala will also feature acrobatics, Peking opera and the world heritage act of sword dance.

Dublin Lord Mayor, Nial Ring, has sent his best wishes to members of the Chinese community in Ireland and everyone celebrating Chinese New Year.

“2018 was a wonderful year for Chinese Irish relations, with the introduction of direct flights from Dublin to Beijing and Hong Kong bringing our two countries even closer together,” he said.

“I look forward to seeing what good fortune the Year of the Pig will bring.

“Since 2008, the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival has been a platform for celebrating cultural differences between China and Ireland and forging new connections that bond us together.

“It should be a major source of pride to the people of Dublin that our Chinese New Year celebrations are among the biggest in Europe.

“It is heartening to see the festival grow each year, with the programme for 2019 arguably the best to date.”

The Mansion House will be among a number of buildings across Dublin that will light up red as part of the festivities.

Pictured annoucing the Hill Street celebration is Lord Mayor Nial Ring with Amina Zheng (10), Anna Zheng (9), Fiona Weng (9) and Lisa An (11) in traditional Chinese dress. Photo: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

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