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, Nial Ring, 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 2019 programme celebrates The Year of the Pig and marks the 12th year of this internationally recognised festival. With Chinese New Year’s Day falling on Tuesday 5th of February 2019, 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:
Dr. Heidi Ningkang Wang-Kaeding: Assistant Professor Department of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin.
Luzi Wen: President, Chinese Students & Scholars Association.
Howard Pau: Honorary President, Chinese Society of Ireland.
Liming Wang: Director, UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland.
Jack Wu: General Secretary, Irish Fujian Business Association, Irish Fujian Association.
Duane Byrne: Business in China & Director of Unique Communications.
Li Xiang: Ireland and China Culture and Art Association
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 Pig.
The commencement of a new year brings with it a sense of hope and new possibilities for a shared future of opportunity and potential. In Chinese culture the pig is a symbol of wealth, good fortune and prosperity. True prosperity is, of course, that which connects the expansion of the economy with the pursuit of human flourishing for all our people. It is my great hope that during this new year we will all work together to craft a shared future that will be founded on the sense of shared humanity that must lie at the heart of all just and equal societies.
The Chinese community have played a critical role in the creation of a multicultural Ireland, where we strive to ensure that voices and needs of all our citizens are heard and respected. That is a very positive contribution for which I thank you most profoundly.
I wish you all a happy and truly prosperous new year.
NIAL RING LORD MAYOR OF DUBLIN
As Lord Mayor of Dublin, I wish to extend my 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. I look forward to seeing what good fortune the Year of the Pig will bring.
Representing bravery, determination and optimism, The Pig possesses many characteristics that we can hope to emulate in the coming year. Those born under this sign are also known for their ability to get on with people from all walks of life, which strikes me as an especially valuable quality.
Since 2008, 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. I am delighted that The Mansion House will be among a number of buildings across Dublin to light up red as part of the festivities and encourage everyone to immerse themselves in the vibrant activities taking place across our city.
Bliain nua faoi mhaise dhaoibh go léir!
H.E. YUE XIAOYONG, AMBASSADOR OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA TO IRELAND
On the occasion of the Chinese New Year, I would like to, on behalf of the Chinese government and the people, extend my best wishes to the Emerald Irish nation and all members of the Chinese community in Ireland. 2019 is the Lunar Year of the Pig, symbolizing prosperity, happiness and good health.
While in the year of the singing Dog the land of China and the island of Ireland both enjoyed new achievements, in the year of the golden Pig the friendship and cooperation will be further elevated for sure.
In the spirit of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, China International Import Expo has earned strong support and active participation by our Irish friends and partners with great success and proud achievements. As our President Xi Jinping proclaimed, China’s door will keep open even wider, which will certainly bring better and more huge opportunities for all of us.
Looking ahead in 2019, China and Ireland will join hand in hand to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of our diplomatic ties, a milestone for our friendship and a new beginning for our bilateral ties with a future brighter than ever.
I wish everybody a joyful and fruitful New Year of the Pig!
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 12th Dublin Chinese New Year Festival. My best wishes to you all for the Year of the Pig. I myself was born in the Year of the Pig, so am even happier to be writing to you this year.
2019 is a particularly significant year as it will mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ireland and China. Those forty years have marked a transformation in the fortunes of both our countries. We will celebrate the anniversary with both a sense of achievement and a sense of expectation.
We hope to see our already deep partnership with China become ever deeper over the coming decades. Direct flights from Beijing, Hong Kong and Dublin have brought Ireland and China even closer than before, and we look forward to the new partnerships and friendships that will be forged in these connections.
The Chinese New Year celebrations enhances and boosts the city of Dublin with colour and a rich vibrancy and the festival is growing in popularity every year. My congratulations to everyone involved in this spectacular festival, to the City Council and especially to the Chinese community in Dublin, who add so much to our capital city.
Best wishes to all who come to enjoy the celebrations in the city of Dublin and happiness and health throughout 2019.