Kildare Village becomes local 'Chinatown' for Chinese New Year

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Kildare Village becomes local 'Chinatown' for Chinese New Year
9:29 Wednesday 14th of February 2018

Kildare Village has a varied line-up of Chinese-themed festivities from the beginning of February to mark the Chinese New Year.

To celebrate the ‘Year of the Dog’, guests are invited to discover a host  traditional experiences including a traditional Chinese street food pop-up ‘Bite of China’, a special Chinese astrology reading as well as the mesmerising art of Chinese Sugar Painting.

What's On:Saturday, 24 February 2018 - 11 am  - 5 pm- Dragon and Lion dance parade performing throughout the Village
- Traditional sugar painting by artist Huang Hongmei from Shanghai, will offer guests a rare opportunity to witness and sample the traditional Chinese form of folk art of sugar painting.

Sunday, 25 February 2018 - 11 am  - 5 pm
- Chinese artist Angela Wang and face-painters from Dublin Body Paint transforming younger children into their favourite animal from the Chinese Zodiac
- Personalised horoscope readings from Hong Kong-born Chinese Astrology expert Ting-Foon Chik Foon
- Qi Gong, Tai Chi and Kungfu demonstrations.

Chinese street food 

A Pop-Up restaurant - Bite of China – is a collaboration with renowned restaurant, Green Dragon Well.

Chinese favourites on offer include dumplings, bao buns, noodles, Chinese bubble tea and green teas.

Chinese art of Sugar Painting On Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of February, Shanghai based Huang Hongmei will showcase the traditional Chinese art of sugar painting.

Huang uses hot, liquid sugar to create intricate two-dimensional figures. These unique sugar paintings are in fact edible, but you may consider them too photogenic to eat.

Chinese Astrology

On Sunday, 24th February, Kildare Village guests are invited to discover what the Year of the Dog has in store with Hong Kong-born Chinese Astrology expert, Ting-Foon Chik.

Ting-Foon will be providing complimentary personalised ’four pillars’ horoscope readings for visitors, offering insights into what to expect in the year ahead.

Children’s Craft Workshops 

Let the kids’ imaginations run wild and introduce them at an early age to Chinese arts and crafts. Chinese artist, Angela Wang will be on hand to showcase to Kildare Village’s younger visitors the basic foundations of Chinese arts and crafts.

Face-painters from Dublin Body Paint will also be available transforming the little ones into their favourite animal from the Chinese Zodiac including the Tiger, Rooster, Monkey, Dragon and of course, the Dog.

Dragon and Lion Dance Performances

Enjoy an explosion of colour and music as traditional dancers together with Dragon and Lion dance performers parade through Kildare Village.
In celebration of the Year of the Dog, dancers will descend upon Kildare Village dressed in customary attire and entertaining those in attendance with traditional dances and performances.

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