About

DCNYF is a programme of the City Arts Office, part of the Culture, Community & Recreation Department of Dublin City Council (Chief Executive Owen P. Keegan, Assistant Chief Executive Richard Shakespeare). The work of the Arts Office is made possible by the support of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Paul McAuliffe, and the members of Dublin City Council.

Established in 2008, the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) year-on-year celebrates, promotes and deepens the understanding of the Sino/Irish relationship.  The 2020 programme celebrates The Year of the Rat and marks the 13th year of this internationally recognised festival. With Chinese New Year’s Day falling on Saturday 25th of January 2020, the festival plans to deliver a high profile cultural and celebratory programme to mark this significant date in the Chinese Calendar. Dublin will also continue to build on its twinning agreement with Beijing signed in 2011 and Dublin Airport Authority twinning with Beijing Airport established in 2013.

The DCNYF works closely with an Advisory Panel, made up of the following:

Howard Pau, Honorary President, Chinese Society of Ireland.
Dr. Isabella Jackson, Assistant Professor in Chinese History, Trinity College Dublin.
Mary Redfern, Curator of East Asian Collections, Chester Beatty Library.
Liming Wang, Director, UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland.
Zhang Yan, Executive Secretary, Irish Fujian Business.
Duane Byrne, Business in China & Director of Unique Association
Li Xiang, Ireland and China Culture and Art Association
Luzi Wen, Chinese Students and Scholars Association
MICHAEL D. HIGGINS UACHTARAN NA HÉIREANN, PRESIDENT OF IRELAND
MICHAEL D. HIGGINS UACHTARAN NA HÉIREANN, PRESIDENT OF IRELAND

I am delighted to send my best wishes to all members of the Chinese community in Ireland as you celebrate the commencement of the Year of the Rat.

The commencement of the Chinese New Year provides me with a valuable opportunity to thank our Chinese community for the important role they play in Irish society. As one of our largest ethnic minority groups, it is inspiring to witness the pride you retain in your culture and traditions, keeping them alive and relevant in your new home and communities while contributing generously to Irish economy and society.

The Rat represents, not only the beginning of a new year, but also the start of a new cycle in the Chinese lunar calendar. It is a cycle that I hope will bring with it new possibilities as we work together to craft a shared and better future, meeting the ethical needs of our planet in order that future generations may thrive and prosper.

I wish you all a happy and truly prosperous new year.

PAUL MC AULIFFE LORD MAYOR OF DUBLIN
PAUL MC AULIFFE LORD MAYOR OF DUBLIN

As Lord Mayor of Dublin, I wish to extend my best wishes to members of the Chinese community in Ireland, as they bid farewell to the Year of the Pig and prepare to welcome the Year of the Rat. 

As the first year in a brand new cycle of the Chinese Zodiac, there is a fantastic opportunity for us to explore new ways to deepen Sino-Irish relations in 2020. 

Energetic, optimistic and hard-working, The Rat possesses many qualities that we can draw from in the year ahead. The Rat is also noted for its diplomacy, so it bodes well in terms of forging new connections between the twinned cities of Dublin and Beijing.

Dublin Chinese New Year Festival has been a wonderful addition to Dublin’s cultural calendar since its founding in 2008. This year’s programme is one of the strongest to date, with a jam-packed schedule of exciting events set to take place across the city.

I am heartened to see the festival grow year on year. The fact that it is among the biggest celebrations of Chinese New Year message sends out a clear message that Dublin is a welcoming city that values diversity, inclusion and cultural exchange. 

I encourage everyone to embrace the colourful celebrations, as Dublin puts its unique spin on the lunar festivities.

Bliain nua faoi mhaise dhaoibh go léir!

H.E. HE XIANGDONG, AMBASSADOR OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA TO IRELAND
H.E. HE XIANGDONG, AMBASSADOR OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA TO IRELAND

Ring out of the old year of the pig and ring into the year of the rat. At this special moment, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Ireland, I would like to extend my New Year greetings and best wishes to the overseas Chinese, Chinese students and Irish friends from all walks of life.

The past year witnessed the grand celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic ties between China and Ireland. Over the past year, China-Ireland relations maintain a sound momentum with frequent contacts at all levels, deepening cooperation in economic and trade, and increasingly active exchanges in culture and education. Looking ahead into the year of 2020, we would like to work together with various Irish friends to jointly push forward our mutually beneficial strategic partnership to a even higher level.

The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival has been successfully held for 13 years. It has become a significant platform of cultural exchanges, a merry festival for people of all age groups, and also an important part of Happy Chinese New Year events celebrated in 396 cities of 133 countries across the world.

I wish every success to the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival.

Xin Nian Kuai Le! ( Happy New Year! )

EOIN O’LEARY, AMBASSADOR OF IRELAND TO THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
EOIN O’LEARY, AMBASSADOR OF IRELAND TO THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

I am delighted to join Dublin City Council in welcoming you to the 13th Dublin Chinese New Year Festival. My best wishes to you all for the Year of the Rat, which symbolizes wealth. 

2019 was a significant year as we celebrated the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ireland and China. Throughout the year we were continually reminded of Ireland’s already deep partnership and substantial record of cooperation with China.

In 2019 we also celebrated the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China.  Indeed, I was fortunate to have had the honour of attending a celebratory party to mark the occasion and also attended the grand parade in Beijing which was truly spectacular. 

Looking forward, I see 2020 as marking the beginning of a decade which will bring great growth and development to both our countries.

I hope to see the already deep partnership with China become ever deeper over the coming decades.

The Chinese New Year celebrations in the city of Dublin is the largest annual festival celebrating Chinese culture in Ireland and growing in popularity every year.

I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to everyone involved in this spectacular festival, to the City Council and especially to the Chinese community in Dublin.

Best wishes to all who come to enjoy the celebrations in the city of Dublin and happiness and health throughout 2020.