Chinese New Year Lectures: In association with The Travel Department.
Venue: Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
Lunchtime Lecture Series
Old China, New China - and Us
Wednesdays at 1.10pm: 2, 9, 16, 23 February, 2 & 9 March
This lecture series with distinguished scholars Drs Jerusha McCormack and John G Blair is organised as part of the Library’s celebrations of the Chinese New Year.
The mandarin version of the volume “China and the Irish” edited by Dr. Jerusha McCormack will also be presented during the festival. This specially commissioned book, based on an RTE “Thomas Davis Lecture series” gathers a series of essays together documenting and evaluating Sino-Irish connections.
The lectures are free and open to all, no booking required.
Chinese Plants – Irish Roots, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.
Wednesday 9th February: 2pm-4pm
Education and Visitor centre
Lecture: “Chinese Blooms” Winner of the People’s Choice Awards at the Bloom festival in 2010 Garden designer Fraser McDonough will give a lecture on contemporary gardening with Asian style.
Lecture – ‘China: A Land of Diversity, Its People and Plants.’ Seamus O’Brien
‘Seamus O’ Brien, Head gardener at the National Botanic Gardens’, Kilmacurragh Arboretum and well known plants man has travelled widely, taking part in many plant expeditions to China. He is well-known for his interest in the plants and culture of this large and diverse country and will share his Chinese experiences with us today.
Voices from China:
Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare St, Dublin 2
Date: Wednesday 9th February 7pm
“The China Beat: Perspectives on reporting from the world's rising power”
Margaret Ward RTE
”Journalist, lawyer and friend of China, Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh, fifth president of Ireland” Professor Colum Kenny BCL, BL, Phd.
DCU School of Communications.
In association with School of Communications DCU.
Venue: Long Room Hub Trinity College Dublin
Date: Thursday 10th February 7pm
Marina Carr’s By the Bog of Cats: Using the practice of theatre to create intercultural dialogues: my experience with practice based projects in China.
By the Bog of Cats is a powerful play loosely based on the myth of Medea, but set in the boglands of Ireland. It deals with themes of motherhood, nationhood, family and the land.
A residency in March 2008 in the Beijing Foreign Studies University on the translation of scenes from By the Bog of Cats led to Li Yuan’s subsequent visit to Ireland, funded by the Irish Literary Exchange program, where she began the process of translation of the play. A lecture and reading from “By the Bog of Cats” will be performed.
Fight the Landlord, Pan Pan @ Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and Irish Pavilion.
Aedin Cosgrove, Pan Pan Theatre.
Fight the Landlord (Dou Di Zhu) was the brainchild of Pan Pan´s artistic directors Gavin Quinn and Aedín Cosgrove, along with Chinese writer and performer Sun Yue who previously wrote the Chinese version of The Playboy of the Western World for Pan Pan. Dou Di Zhu (Fight the Landlord) is the most popular card game in China. It is a form of Bridge or Poker A lecture on the experience of this play in China will be given by Aedin Cosgrove, Pan Pan Theatre.
In association with Culture Ireland and Trinity College Dublin.
"A beginners guide to collecting antique Chinese porcelain”
Venue: Buswells Hotel
Venue: Friday 11th February 4.30-6.30pm
Professor Alan Fletcher MRIA
China is the home of porcelain with the first ceramic objects made there over 10 000 years ago. By the 18th century, it was exporting huge quantities of porcelain to Europe where demand - especially for the famous blue and white ware - was insatiable. In recent years wealthy Chinese now want to buy back these treasures, which has sent prices rocketing in international auction houses. The lecture will introduce the fascinating world of antique Chinese porcelain, explain the background to recent market trends, and present examples of antique Chinese ware.
You can bring along your own pieces Chinese porcelain to be assessed for authenticity, historical interest, and, if desired, opinion on possible current market value.