Top 5 Events for the Weekend

By Juliane Girl / février 8, 2019

Spring Festival Fair

The hugely-popular Spring Festival Fair returns to The chq Building for two days of free, family-friendly fun. Inspired by Chinese temple fairs, or ‘Miaohui’, the event combines performances, workshops, storytelling, screenings, demonstrations, and games, plus tasty food stalls and special appearances by hugely popular sugar painting artist Mr Binbin Liu. Come along and have your face painted, marvel at the Chinese dragon and lion performances, take part in an authentic Chinese tea ceremony, try your hand at Chinese calligraphy, and share your hopes for the Year of the Pig with the Wishing Tree.

And don’t miss a photo opportunity with the Chinese God of Fortune, who will be on hand to send his blessings of luck for 2019.

Where: The chq Building, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1

When: Sat, 9 Feb. – 11am to 6pm & Sun, 10 Feb. – 11am to 5pm

How much: Admission free, no booking required

Free Screening: Andy Warhol: Made in China (1989)

A rare opportunity to see this fascinating 1989 documentary, which finds filmmaker Lee Caplin trailing Andy Warhol during his travels through China in 1982, from Hong Kong’s glitter to the mystique of Peking’s Forbidden City. The visit is orchestrated as a cultural experiment by young Chinese millionaire Alfred Siu to see if Warhol’s cult of celebrity will extend beyond Western society. Will China afford him fifteen minutes of fame?

Where: National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West & Clare Street, Dublin 2

When: Sun, 11 Feb. – 12:30pm & 1:15pm

How much: Admission free, no booking required

Tim Burton Movie Quiz

Come to Fibber Magees and test your knowledge and win fantastic prizes. They’ve lots of fun planned for the evening including food and drink specials and cocktail pitchers. There will be a Tim Burton themed raffle with great prizes for the winning team. Dressing up is encouraged. So grab your friends and book your table now!

Where: Fibber Magees, 80-81 Parnell Street, Dublin, Ireland Dublin 1

When: Sun, 10 Feb. –  4:30pm – 7:30pm

How much: Tables of up to 5 people are €50, pre-booking required

Mystery Matinee February 2019

A brand new year means a brave new world of cinema’s best-kept secret. Sometimes it will be a preview, but not always; sometimes, it will be a title one might expect to see at the IFI, but not always. Join the IFI for this month’s screening, and expect the unexpected! Previous surprise screenings have included Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye and a preview of Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird.

Where: Irish Film Institute (IFI), 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

When: Sun, 10 Feb – 1pm

How much: €5.20

Gillian Tuite & Jane Willow

Folk musicians Gillian Tuite and Jane Willow will join on a double headline show. Gillian Tuite is an Irish fingerstyle guitarist, singer, and songwriter from Oldcastle, Co. Meath. Gillian draws influences from Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, and James Taylor. Jane Willow is a Dutch folk musician who moved to Ireland at age twenty-one to pursue music. Her music is laced with Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake influences.

Where: The Cobblestone, 77 King Street North, Dublin

When: Sat, 9 Feb – 8.30pm

How much: Tickets online for €10/at the door for €12

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