Chinese New Year in Dublin is a massive two-week festival featuring dance, film, talks, music, and sports activities. Celebrations include Chinese opera and singing, karaoke contests, culinary tastings, arts, and crafts. The most popular performances of the festival are of course dragon parades and lion dances that traditionally mark the arrival of Lunar New Year.
Many cultural events take place at the Dublin's Convention Center. With its vibrant carnival atmosphere, it features dragon and lion dancers and plenty of traditional decor. The Spring Festival Fair takes place at the CHQ Building, where visitors can try out Chinese chess, calligraphy, martial arts, and musical instruments. Besides, tons of delicious Chinese food and drinks are available at the food stalls.
The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival attracts about 16,000 people every year and helps deepen the Sino-Irish ties. It has been held since the early 2000s.