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If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Dublin during Bloomsday festival, you are in for a treat!

First, Bloomsday festival celebrates James Joyce and is all about main character from his Ulysses, Leopold Bloom, and his adventures on the 16th of June. Bloomsday therefore celebrates and recreates Leopold’s journey, which begins in the city and ends up out along the beautiful southside coast. So, even if you’ve just a passing interest in the book, there’s plenty to see and do here in Dublin as part of this year’s celebrations!

First things first – download your Drinking-Bingo game here – nothing like a bit of a tipple to get you in the literally mood!

Then, put on some Edwardian outfits and go out for a walk!

Few awesome things that are on during Bloomsday festival:

Saturday 14 June & Sunday 15 June, 2pm – 4.45pm – meet at North Great Georges Street
JOYCEAN LITERARY PUB CRAWL
James Joyce said it would be a good puzzle to try to cross Dublin without passing a pub. Instead of taking up that challenge why not embrace Irish pub culture and literary culture. Meet surprise speakers, poets, singers and storytellers that will interact and guide you through three well-known Dublin pubs with readings from Dubliners and Ulysses. Meet at: James Joyce Centre, 35 N. Great George’s Street, Dublin 1.
Sunday, 15 June, 1pm – North Great Georges Street
Dubliners STREET THEATRE
Bringing Dubliners to life on the doorsteps of North Great George’s Street. The best bits of the 15 stories will be
performed with audience participation in a magical musical procession. This event will feature actors and musicians
from The Here Comes Everybody Players of Boston, Massachusetts.

Sunday 15th June, 1pm – North Great Georges Street
HAPPENINGS & STREET FEAST PRESENT: BIZARRE BLOOMSDAY BRUNCH
Happenings run pop up, innovative and spontaneous cultural events around Dublin – we like to be a bit dierent.
We’re re-imagining Bloomsday. Our Street Feast “Tea Party” on North Great Georges Street will showcase the wackier
side to Edwardian Dublin. A Tea Party that’s more Mad Hatter than high society. It wasn’t all white linen and straw
hats; they really knew how to have a good time! So come meet the real Joyce’s alter-ego. Hop under the covers and
into bed with Molly Bloom, stu yourself with cupcakes, cream buns & juices from our apothecary, win some prizes at
the ridiculous & bizarre lucky potato sports day and dance the afternoon away at The Gramophone Disco.

Sunday, 15 June, 6pm
DUBLINERS 1914 PARLIAMENT
The 1914 Parliament will sit under the watchful eye of an Honorary Speaker to hear passionate proposals from
costumed speakers on how life in Dublin and Ireland can be improved over the next 100 years up to 2014, recalling
the era of James Joyce’s Dubliners. You can question the speakers on their motions and vote to approve such
proposals as votes for women, Home Rule for Ireland, the abolition of censorship, and themes addressed in Joyce’s
Dubliners stories.

Monday, 16 June, 7pm – The Sugar Club
ROMPING THROUGH ULYSSES and BLOOMSDAY FESTIVAL WRAP PARTY
James Joyce meets Rocky Horror. Dress up for a night of cinema and entertainment that will bring to life the magic of
Ulysses. Treat yourself to an interactive screening of the 1967 classic lm by Joseph Strick in The Sugar Club. After the
screening, join James Joyce in some crazy-legged dancing and absinthe drinking. Looking for inspiration for what to
wear? Find your inner Edwardian, take 60s style from the lm or cross-dress in true Rocky Horror style. Warning! The  lm
will be cut short and the nal half hour replaced with a live version of Dirty Penelope!

 

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