5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

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Seeking INSPIRATION for how to make the most of your time off? Here’s our GLOSSY round-up of things to do this weekend, featuring a CHINESE NEW YEAR celebration and DOUGHNUTS at Arnotts

NO REPRO FEE 18/01/2016. Monkeys, Dragons and Lions Launch Dublin Chinese New Year Festival. Today, Monday 18th January, Lord Mayor of Dublin Criona Ni Dhalaigh and the His Excellency Mr. Jianguo Xu, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland launched one of the most colourful and creative festivals in Dublin’s calendar, the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival. With the help of a colourful Chinese Lion & Unicorn, mesmerising Chinese ribbon dancers (Pictured) Christina Chang (15) and Linjia Zheng (5), Dublin 1 the festival was officially launched against the backdrop of the bustling Dublin City Council Fruit & Veg market, St. Michan’s Street . For two weeks, from the 6th February, Dublin will transform into a city of carnivals, culture, celebration and Chinese dragons as the Chinese welcome the Year of the Monkey. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/Phtocall Ireland

RING in the Year of the Monkey at the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival, at various locations from February 6-21. One of the opening weekend highlights is the Spring Festival Fair at the chq Building, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1, which will be a celebration of all things Chinese, from food to art and culture. www.dublinchinesenewyear.com

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BUZZ in to The Ark in Temple Bar on Saturday February 6 for Bee Day, a celebration of our pollinating friends. This family-friendly programme includes To Bee Or Not To Bee, a drama workshop, and Keeping Bees in the City, a practical talk by Eamon Magee, president of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Association, amongst other bee-centric events. See www.ark.ie for information and tickets.

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HAVE a flutter at the Irish Gold Cup, Leopardstown Racecourse on Saturday, February 6. One of the most prestigious and lively race days in the National Hunt season, Noel Meade’s Rags to Riches is hotly tipped to win. Tickets from €20. www.leopardstown.com

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WANDER through the new James Stephens exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland, which opens on Saturday, February 6. Stephens was in Dublin city centre during the Easter Rising and witnessed goings-on around St Stephen’s Green. The display is based around his account of events, and includes a portrait of the author by Patrick Tuohy as well of as images of people mentioned in the book, including Douglas Hyde and Thomas Bodkin. www.nationalgallery.ie

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GET your sugar fix at the new Aungier Danger pop-up, happening at Arnotts for the duration of February. The cult doughnuts, with flavours such as Cherry Gunshot and Banoffee Autopsy, are known for selling out fast so arrive early to avoid disappointment. From 9.30am. Arnotts, Henry Street, Dublin 1

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