Something for everyone this February!

Dublin Chinese New Year Festival: 8th – 22nd February
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2013 celebrates the Year of the Snake and the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) showcases the best of Sino Irish Culture in Ireland including the Third Chinese Film Festival at the Lighthouse Cinema, a Carnival in Temple Bar on Chinese New Year’s Day and much more. Check out the full programme on their website: http://www.cny.ie/

Date with Dublin in Temple Bar: 14th February
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Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT) brings you ‘A Date With Dublin’ offering a special programme of short films, gallery tours and two outdoor movies designed to tug at those heart strings while firing the imagination! There is lots going on in Temple Bar. The outdoor movies will be shown in Meeting House Square, firstly Brief Encounter and later the Viewer’s Choice that is Amelie. Mini meals, soft drinks, blankets and a warm welcome will be provided with our love and all for only €5! For info and ticketing information check out http://entertainment.ie/tickets/

At 6.30pm the National Gallery of Ireland on Merrion Square will be offering a free special tour of the collections most romantic images.

At 7.00pm enjoy a more intimate movie experience as our partners at Filmbase present Brief Encounters, a delectable selection of three lovely Irish short films, at the Roasted Brown Café on the 1st floor. The three award-winning short films will be screened upstairs in Roasted Brown Café on Curved Street. The programme of films includes current two IFTA nominated shorts, Rhinos (dir. Shimmy Marcus) and animation Fear of Flying (dir. Conor Finnegan), together with the Oscar nominated short film The Crush (dir. Michael Creagh). Roasted Brown café on the first floor at Filmbase will be serving wine and tapas alongside their signature gourmet coffee. The screening is free but places are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. More info at www.filmbase.ie/events.

Jameson Film Festival: 14th – 24th February
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Established in 2003, The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) has fast become Ireland’s premier feature film festival and takes place in Ireland’s capital city over the course of eleven days and nights each February. JDIFF continues its commitment to celebrating film as an art form by presenting over 120 films from the four corners of the globe to the Irish Audience. The festival is a citywide event that takes place in all of the Dublin City Centre Cinemas including Cineworld, The Savoy, Screen, Irish Film Institute and Light House Cinema in Smithfield. The majority of films shown at the film festival are Irish premieres, and for some of the films shown, the festival represents the only public screening that will take place in Ireland. For further information and to buy tickets check out http://jdiff.com/.

The Big Easter Egg Hunt: 12th February – 23rd March
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The Big Egg Hunt 2013 will be Ireland’s biggest and most interactive public art display where 100 exquisite and uniquely crafted eggs designed by leading artists and celebrities will take over the streets of Dublin. The Eggs will be placed in key locations in Dublin from the 12th February (Pancake Tuesday) to the 15th March after which they will be brought to one central location and displayed for one week. An eye spy book will be available containing pictures of the Eggs as well as clues and maps to find the eggs. The Public will be asked to find at least 20 of the Eggs and enter a draw for a number of prizes which include a Diamond Bracelet, a Giant Chocolate Bunny, a Year Supply of Chocolate and VIP Tours of the Lily O’Brien’s Chocolate Factory. The Big Egg Hunt is a campaign sponsored by Lily O’Brien’s with all the proceeds benefiting Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation! For more information check out http://thebigegghunt.ie/.

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