Cantonese Lion Dancing and Korean Percussionist Celebration

Saturday, 5 February at 12pm and 1:20pm

Herbert Park, Dublin 4 and Henry Street, Dublin 1

Join us on Saturday, 5 February for a vibrant in-person celebration for Dublin Lunar New Year. With traditional Cantonese lion dancers and Korean samul nori percussionists, this colourful performance is a celebration of the growing Asian community here in Dublin to mark the festive lunar period. 

The first performance will be at Herbert Park at 12pm. The second performance will take place on Henry Street at 1:20pm. 

Cantonese Lion Dancing

The Cantonese Lion dance (舞獅) originated in Guangdong. The lion has a single horn and is associated with the legend of a mythical monster called Nian. Its head is traditionally constructed using papier-mâché over a bamboo frame covered with gauze, then painted and decorated with fur. The lion dance is performed by mimicking a lion’s movements to bring good luck and fortune. It is normally operated by two dancers, one of whom manipulates the head while the other forms the rear end of the lion. Cantonese lion dance fundamental movements can be found in Chinese martial arts, and it is commonly performed to a vigorous drum beat.

The performers at this event are from Flower City Dragon and Lion Dance Association. 

Samul Nori

Samul nori (사물놀이) is a genre of percussion music that originated in Korea. The word samul means “four objects”, while nori means “play”. Samul nori is performed with four traditional Korean musical instruments called pungmul. These are Kkwaenggwari (꽹과리), a small gong; Jing (징), a larger gong; Janggu (장구), an hourglass-shaped drum; and Buk (북), a barrel drum similar to the bass drum. Samul nori’s roots are in Pungmul nori (풍물놀이), meaning “playing Korean traditional percussion instruments”, which is a Korean folk genre comprising music, acrobatics, folk dance, and rituals. Samul nori was traditionally performed in rice-farming villages in order to ensure and to celebrate good harvests. Until modern times, nine-tenths of Korea’s people were employed in agricultural work, and this genre defined Korean music.

The performers at this event are staff and students from Korean School Dublin.

Family Friendly Event:

All ages



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