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Dublin Chinese New Year Festival Call Out for Participation

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Article by ERMurray © 8 October 2018.
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Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) returns in February 2019 to celebrate the Year Of The Pig,  bringing the festival full circle as the Pig is the 12th animal appearing in the Chinese zodiac wheel.  In preparation of the 12th edition, DCNYF seeks applications from organisations and individuals interested in hosting their own event as part of the 2019 Festival’s associated events programme.

To be eligible to apply, associated events must celebrate the Chinese New Year, Sino-Irish relations and celebrate cultures that observe the Lunar New Year or the Year of the Pig.

Celebrations for the Year of the Pig will take place  from 1 – 17 February 2019. Interested parties are invited to visit here for further information and terms & conditions.

The festival will feature signature events featuring all art forms from film, talks and visual art to music, dance and sport over a two-week period. Traditional and contemporary Chinese cultural activities will be at the heart of the festival including festivities and ceremonies, Chinese opera and singing, karaoke competition, culinary delights, arts and crafts, chess competitions, lion dances, dragon parades, calligraphy and children’s events.

With an audience in excess 16,000 in 2018, the Dublin Chinese New Year associated events programme is an opportunity for you to be part of the largest celebration of the Lunar New Year in Europe.

Established in 2008, the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) year-on-year celebrates, promotes and deepens the understanding of the Sino/Irish relationship.  Earlier this year the festival  celebrated The Year of the Dog and marked the 11th 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.


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Elizabeth Rose Murray lives in West Cork where she writes, fishes, and grows her own vegetables. Her first book for young adults Caramel Hearts (Alma Books) was published June 2016. Her debut novel for children aged 10-12, The Book of Learning - Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (Mercier Press) was chosen as the 2016 Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children and the follow-up The Book of Shadows - Nine Lives Trilogy 2 was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards. The final installment The Book of Revenge will be published in February 2018.

Elizabeth has poetry and short fiction published in journals across the UK and Ireland - including Ogham Stone, Southword, South Circular, Esc and 3am - and has been shortlisted in various competitions including TV3AM Short Story, Francis MacManus, and Aesthetica Creative Works. She has also performed in Ciudades Paralelas: Station - a live writing installation.

Hoping to encourage new writers, Elizabeth provides manuscript reports and online writing courses through Inkwell Writers and Big Smoke Writing Factory. She is a regular at literary festivals, and offers adult workshops on writing for children and young adults, as well as multiple events and workshops for children and teens.

You can connect with Elizabeth on Twitter @ERMurray, Facebook www.facebook.com/ERMurray.Author or her blog www.ermurray.com