Wednesday 29 March 2017

Lord Mayor made up to celebrate Chinese New Year

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Andrew Montague, has his make up done as part of a workshop in the Gallery of Photography
The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Andrew Montague, has his make up done as part of a workshop in the Gallery of Photography
Artists perform with a dragon to celebrate Chinese New Year in Meeting House Square in Dublin
Jenny Mei Wilson (6) from Dublin, with a puppet lion, joins in on the fun
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

THE Lord Mayor of Dublin got in touch with his feminine side at the weekend to mark the Chinese New Year in the capital.

As part of a week-long celebration, Andrew Montague attended a special performance of Puccini's Chinese-themed opera, 'Turandot', in the newly covered Temple Bar Meeting House Square on Saturday night.

When it was time for his close-up he put on a brave face and had his make-up done as part of Chinese customs that sees men act as women and women act as men.

"The make-up is a Chinese tradition of Peking opera. Dun Laoghaire art students did the make-up and were absolutely amazing. It's the first time I've had make-up on alright but it was a really enjoyable event," said Mr Montague.

"It was spectacular and we were very lucky to have this event in Dublin and a big congratulations to everyone involved. The opera itself and the Chinese New Year festival committee did a great job."

The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival Committee has teamed up with Dublin City Council to host a series of events across the city.

According to the Chinese calendar, this year is the Year of the Dragon and it officially begins today.

More details on the Dublin festival can be found online at www.cny.ie

Irish Independent

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