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Come along to CHQ on Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 January and discover more about the City of Chengdu in China and its intangible cultural heritage.

From classical Chinese dances to puppet shows and acrobatic performances, enjoy a fun and cultural family day out here in Dublin’s Docklands. Below is a list of some of the exciting activities taking place.

Dance“Long Satin

A unique style among Chinese classical dances. It embodies the unique aesthetic taste of the Chinese nation and reflects the wisdom of the ancient Chinese people, making the dance quite artistically expressive.

Sichuan Opera Face Changing

Face-changing is a special effects stunt in performances of Sichuan opera. It is used to reveal the changes of characters’ moods and feelings, i.e. to transform invisible and imperceptible emotions and psychological states into visible and perceptible, concrete images — facial masks. This is a romantic way to reveal a character’s inner thoughts and feelings.

Acrobatic Contortion

Also known as the “soft bone technique” or the “bone shrinking technique”, it is one of many Chinese acrobatic performances. Unlike other acrobatic performances, contortion involves a series of difficult postures resulting from the flexibility of the performer’s body, making for a breathtaking show.

Music Instrument Guqin

Guqin is one of the oldest plucked instruments in the world. Proclaimed by UNESCO as a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity, Guqin music is sacred, elegant and inspirational.

Tea Performance with a Long-mouth Teapot

The long-mouth teapot tea performance is a bold Chinese tea ceremony performance during which a tea artist combines actions for serving tea with the traditional tea ceremony, martial arts, dance, Zen Buddhism and the Tao of Change. This mysterious and meticulous process of serving tea is exquisite, integrating traditional art and philosophy while creating a memorable experience for tea drinkers.

Puppet Show Cave View

A puppet show is a play in which puppets are used to tell stories. As a traditional Chinese art form, it was also known as shadow play in ancient China. During such performances, an actor manipulates puppets from behind the scene and simultaneously sings along with music. According to different puppet shapes and manipulation techniques, cloth puppets, string puppets, stick head puppets and iron wire puppets, among others, are used.