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.

Full Schedule of Events taking place Saturday 9th February (11am – 6pm) & Sunday 10th February (11am – 5pm)

Enjoy the following performances (some are interactive) in the Liffey Room each day!

11:00 – 12:00     Tai Chi Demo & Taster Class with Sam Lee

12:00 – 13:00    Chinese Square Dancing (participative)

13:00 – 14:00    Chinese Fashion Show & Music Performance with Chinese Women’s Association

14:00 – 16:00    Traditional Chinese Dance performed by members of the Chinese Cultural Education Academy

16:00 – 17:00     Chinese Square Dancing (participative)

Chinese Dragon and Lion Performances

Traditional Chinese Lion and Dragon dancers will appear at the Spring Festival Fair each day, bringing blasts of colour and music with pop-up performances throughout the day.

Enjoy the following interactive demos and workshops on both days

Chinese Calligraphy

Chinese Calligraphy which literally means “beautiful writing,” has been appreciated as an art form in many different cultures throughout the world, but the stature of calligraphy in Chinese culture is unmatched.

Chinese Knot Making

Discover how to make Chinese Knots. Each type of knot is made of a single unbroken string, each with a different meaning such as Ruyi (如意) Knot stands for good luck, and Double-fish Knot stands for prosperity, and True-lover Knot symbolizes true love. Red knots are the commonest while auspiciousness is the essential theme.

Chinese Paper Cutting (jiǎnzhǐ 剪纸)

Paper-cutting is one of the most important types of Chinese folk art symbolising luck and happiness.

Referred to as chuāng huā (窗花), window flowers or window paper-cuts people glued the papercuts to the exterior of windows, so the light from the inside would shine through the negative space of the cutout. Usually, the artworks are made of red paper, as red is associated with festivities and happiness in Chinese culture.

Chinese Tea Ceremony

The philosophies of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism have blended together giving birth to the magical Chinese tea ceremony. The traditional tea ceremonies were described as “he” which translates as “peace”, “jing” which translates as “quiet, “yi” which means “enjoyment” and “zhen” meaning “truth”.  This is a joy to watch!

Traditional Chinese Costume

Time to take a selfie in traditional Chinese costume, taking you back centuries!

Irish Pig Society Pig Pen

In 2019, we welcome the Year of the Pig and the Irish Pig Society will bring some real live piggies to the Spring Festival Fair, offering visitors an insight into a day in the life of our four-trottered friends.

Fairground Rides

The chq Building will play host to a dragon rollercoaster and carousel, offering a fun activity for young thrillseekers and parents.

Take Part in a Chinese Language Lab

Why not take the opportunity to learn some Mandarin – impress your friends & family! Your chance to sit down with a UCD Confucius Chinese language teacher to guide you through some simple greetings and Chinese New Year wishes.

Chinese Sugar painting(糖画)

A unique opportunity to see the 700-year-old sugar painting practice from China. This rare artform normally found at  temple fair, market fair or in park in China is a old folk tradition. Watch folk artists Binbin Liu create beautiful sugar figurines of your own zodiac sign. Please note €5 per sugar figurine

Pig figurine making workshop [Drop in sessions every 30mins]

Jumping Clay return to Spring Festival Fair with a pig-themed clay figurine-making workshop. Jumping Clay is a children’s activity & educational franchise delivering air-dry clay workshops to anyone aged 3+.  You will be amazed at what the kids will create and take home that day. This is a drop in workshop, no booking required.

Chinese Blue & White Tie-Dye 扎染 Zha Ran Workshop
Sat 9 & Sun 10 Feb, 11:30-13:00 / 13:30 – 15:00 / 15:30 – 17:00)

Did you think tie-dye was only for festival goers of the Woodstock era? Think again – in China, people have been tie-dying since before the Qin Dynasty (221 – 206 B.C.E.)! In this workshop we will learn about tie-dye practices in China and we will create our own beautiful tie-dye bag.

Tickets: €10 (Booking required, limited capacity) Book here.

Chinese Face Painting

Join the festivities with wonderful face painting designs by Dublin Body Paint who will be give your little ones a little Chinese New Year makeover – take your pick of all the zodiac animals and more.

Chinese Nail Art

Match your outfit… pin down your manicure design for Chinese New Year!  Price: €10 for file and polish with nail art on two nails.

Food & Chinese Goods

Sample dumplings and noodles from China House, pulled pork from Bad Boys BBQ, Chinese street food spiral potato chips and the famous homemade noodles dishes from Xi’An Street Food.


Explore craft and Chinese goods stalls, from Ethnic Minority goods from Yunan and balloons to Chinese traditional dresses and more

EPIC Screening Room

A programme of family friendly films will be screened here along with a storytelling and performance combining English, Irish and Chinese with Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin and Sadhbh Devlin on Saturday 9 February from 1pm – 4pm (performances & readings every 30mins). Presented in association with Literature Ireland

  • Venue The chq Building
    Date Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 February 2019
    Time 11am - 6pm (Sat) & 11am - 5pm (Sun)
    Fee Free, no booking required
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