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In Focus Tour

In-Focus Audio Tour: Edo in Drag?

Edo in Drag? Introducing Niwaka Festival

The lively Niwaka festival was used to promote Edo’s Yoshiwara brothel district. This festival was particularly known for dances and skits in which the district’s female geisha (trained entertainers) dressed and performed as men.

In this talk, Dr Mary Redfern, Curator of Edo in Colour, compares print depictions of the Niwaka festival with the world of kabuki theatre, in which male actors played female roles, and considers what place the festival might or might not have in the history of drag.

This audio tour has been organised to mark Heritage Week.

The video will be available here from 11am on 22 Aug.

Open today 9:45am - 5:30pm

Monday to Friday 9:45am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 9:45am - 8:00pm
Saturday 9:45am - 5:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 5:30pm

Closed Mondays: Nov - Feb
Closed 1 Jan; Good Friday; 24-26 Dec

Admission is Free
No booking required
Suggested donation €5


Chester Beatty
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
D02 AD92