Ireland showcases its wares as ‘Country of Honour’ at Beijing event

Ireland is showcasing its food, drink and giftware as the ‘Country of Honour’ at the Beijing Chaoyang International Spring Carnival this week.

Over 500,000 people are expected to visit the events, which continue through to Friday in Chaoyang Park in the Chinese capital. The annual carnival is a highlight of Beijing’s Chinese New Year celebrations.

Beijing and Dublin were twinned in 2011, and the event is part of the Chinese New Year festivities in both cities. Ireland’s participation in the carnival is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, through the Irish Embassy in Beijing.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, said: “The invitation to be the Country of Honour demonstrates the rising interest about Ireland in China. These people-to-people contacts play a vital part in building our relations with China and strengthen the ties that recent political and trade visits have generated.”

Vibrant cultural performances will be provided by Galway-based theatre company Macnas, and by Jig: the Story of Irish Dance. Tourism Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and a number of Irish higher education institutions will be promoting tourism and education opportunities.

More in this section

The Business Hub
Newsletter

News and analysis on business, money and jobs from Munster and beyond by our expert team of business writers.

Sign up
Puzzles logo
IE-logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day.

Lunchtime
News Wrap

A lunchtime summary of content highlights on the Irish Examiner website. Delivered at 1pm each day.

Sign up
Revoiced
Newsletter

Our Covid-free newsletter brings together some of the best bits from irishexaminer.com, as chosen by our editor, direct to your inbox every Monday.

Sign up