Bloomsday 2014 Festival
Bloomsday was first celebrated in Dublin by a ragtag group of artists, writers and intellectuals led by John Ryan, Brian O’Nolan and Patrick Kavanagh. Taking a horse and cart from the Martello Tower in Sandycove, they followed in the footsteps of the characters of Joyce’s epic, drinking and reading as they went. True to character they abandoned the cart at the Bailey Pub, deciding instead to complete the journey in their tipsy imaginations. It’s in that very spirit that we celebrate Bloomsday today. It’s not necessarily the destination but the getting there that counts!
Below are listings for events held in both the James Joyce Centre and beyond:
10–16 June starting at the James Joyce Centre
Join for one (or all!) of four tours of Joyce’s Dublin. Be sure to book ahead: the Bloomsday Walk is €8 per person; all others are €10 per person (€8 concessions).
In the Footsteps of Leopold Bloom – Tuesday 10 June @ 2pm; Thursday 12 June @ 11am; Friday 13 June @ 2pm;
This tour explores the background to Joyce’s Ulysses and Bloom’s thoughts as he crosses the city in search of something to eat in the ‘Lestrygonians’ episode. A humorous contrast of well-fed and under-fed citizens is mixed with commentary on city buildings, and the presence of police constables reminds us of the realities of Dublin as a colonial city. In these footsteps, food becomes the central issue of social, cultural and political life in Dublin in 1904. The tour starts from the James Joyce Centre and finishes at the National Museum.
Joyce Circular – Tuesday 10 June @ 11am; Wednesday 11 June @ 11am; Saturday 14 June @ 11am
On their andante dander around the Hibernian metropolis, they take in North Earl Street and the ‘Prick with the Stick’; the house where Oliver ‘Buck Mulligan’ Gogarty was born; the setting of the Dubliners story ‘The Boarding House’; the house in which Sean O’Casey was born; the site of no. 7 Eccles Street, home of Leopold & Molly Bloom; and Belvedere College, which Joyce attended in the 1890s. This tour starts from and returns to the James Joyce Centre.
Dubliners – Thursday 12 @ 2pm; Saturday 14 June @ 2pm; Sunday 15 June @ 2pm
Join the guide on a ramble through the city of Joyce’s first and most accessible work, Dubliners. Published 100 years ago this year, Dubliners skilfully treats both turn-of-the-century Dublin and Joyce’s surroundings in continental Europe where the stories were written. The tour examines Joyce’s life in Dublin and the Dublin he created in his stories, as well as looking at how the city has commemorated its famous son. Joyce’s Dublin was a city of politics and intrigue, of religious devotion and disaffection, as well as a city in which the pressures and ties of family and society were never far off. The tour starts from the James Joyce Centre and finishes at Trinity College.
Bloomsday Walk – Monday 16 June @ 10am – 5pm, departing every hour
This special Bloomsday walk features some of the most important Northside locations from Joyce’s Ulysses. Our hour-long wander will take in Belvedere College, Eccles Street, Leopold and Molly Bloom’s residence, and a variety of key locations along Parnell Square and O’Connell Street.
Bloomsday Festival Events
Wednesday, 11 June – Monday 16 June, 7pm
Described as “mesmerising”, “compelling” and “ingenious”, Declan Gorman’s acclaimed solo performance brings the history and the stories of James Joyce’s remarkable first book Dubliners to vivid life.
It is 1914. London publisher Grant Richards has decided to re-read Joyce’s manuscript, eight years after rejecting it over fears it might breach British and Irish obscenity laws. As the streets of Dublin and the racy, comic stories of Joyce’s childhood and young adult world spring to life around him, Richards relives his frustrating correspondence with the petulant Irish writer. Should he risk everything second time around and be the one to launch this volatile but brilliant genius to a world about to descend into the madness of war?
James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1. Show runs nightly at 7pm Wed-Mon. Matinee show Sat 14 at 3pm (€8). Tickets €12/10. Booking required. Buy tickets here.
Thursday, 12 June, 7pm
“I Don’t Understand. I Fail To See, I Dearsee You Too” was first given in 1992 as part of a symposium in Dublin’s Irish Jewish Museum. Now slightly revised, Lentin, a casual paddler in the Joycean stream, presents a personal and hopefully not too opaque insight into the heart of this once paralytic Hibernian Metropolis. Interweaving a number of strands that entwine Joyce’s great creation Leopold Bloom, Lentin will shed light on the Yiddish Goy whose fateful fabled perambulation through Dublin on the 16th June 1904 we now celebrate annually.
Irish Jewish Museum, 3 Walworth Road, Portobello, Dublin 8.
Tickets €5. Booking required: Contact the Irish Jewish Museum: +353857067357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday 14 June & Sunday 15 June, 2pm – 4.45pm
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 the combination of Irish literary and pub culture with a gentle, civilised pub crawl? You’ll take in Dublin’s best traditional pubs while meeting surprise speakers, poets, singers and storytellers that will interact and guide our fellow-travelers through three well-known Dublin pubs with readings from Dubliners and Ulysses.
Meet at: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1.
Tickets: €7/5. Booking required: www.entertainment.ie
Saturday, 14 June, 1pm
Artist Clinton Cahill’s Illuminating the Wake features a selection of images in the form of mappings, drawings, prints, paintings and bookwork made in response to Finnegans Wake since the mid-nineties. Drop in to Darc Space at 1pm where the artist will deliver a short presentation on how he delves into the mysteries of the Wake followed by Boston’s Here Comes Everybody Players performing scenes from Joyce’s obscure masterpiece.
Darc Space,26 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1.
Free Event. Booking required: Contact Darc Space by phone or email on +35318788535 or email email@example.com
Saturday, 14 June, 1pm
Come to the Irish Writer’s Centre for a series of ‘in conversation’ events to celebrate the launch of Dubliners 100, Tramp Press’ modern retelling of Dubliners by 15 of Ireland’s most exciting writers. Some of the writers, including John Boyne and Evelyn Conlon, will talk through their new takes on some of Joyce’s most accessible stories.
Irish Writer’s Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1.
Tickets €7/5 available on the door. Contact the Irish Writer’s Centre on +35318721302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DUBLINERS AT 100 – CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF JOYCE’S MINIMALIST MASTERPIECE
Sunday, 15 June represents 100 years since the original publication of James Joyce’s Dubliners. To celebrate the occasion and get in gear for Bloomsday there will be a series of special events:
Sunday, 15 June, 1pm
Bringing Dubliners to life with Dubliners Street Theatre. Each of the fifteen Dubliners stories will be brought to life through short dramatised excerpts from the text, performed with audience participation on fifteen separate doorsteps on North Great George’s Street. The troupe and audience will work their way up the street in a musical procession stopping at different doorsteps to celebrate each of the Dubliners stories. This event will feature actors and musicians from The Here Comes Everybody Players of Boston, Massachusetts.
Additional detail and background for each story will be provided by a digital link to the Digital Dubliners iBook, produced by Professor Joe Nugent and students of Boston College.
North Great George’s Street. Free. No booking required.
Sunday 15 June, 1pm – 3pm
Happenings run pop up, innovative and spontaneous cultural events around Dublin – we like to be a bit different. We’re re-imagining Bloomsday. Our Street Feast “Tea Party” 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, stuff 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.
North Great George’s Street. Free. No booking required.
Sunday, 15 June, 4pm
Screening one hundred years to the day after day James Joyce’s “Dubliners” was published on June 15th 1914 (and again on Bloomsday), the IFI Irish Film Archive presents John Huston’s pitch-perfect adaptation of The Dead.
In Dublin 1904, friends congregate, as they have done for years, at a New Year’s party in the household of the Misses Morkan, anxious that one of the guests, Freddy Malins (Donal Donnelly), might be drunk and hard to control. The faint sense of disharmony that steals over the proceedings comes from another source entirely: a remembrance of things past. Everything will gather to the moment when Gretta (Anjelica Huston), watched uncomprehendingly by her husband Gabriel (Donal McCann), stops on the stairs to listen to a song which has stirred anguished longings she had thought forgotten.
The Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Tickets €9/7.60 (IFI Members: €7.90/6.90). Contact the Irish Film Institute on +35316793477 or email@example.com.
Sunday, 15 June, 5pm
Set in the Pillar Room in the Rotunda Hospital, the 1914 Parliament will sit under the watchful eye of a very special Honorary Speaker to hear passionate proposals from costumed speakers for how life in Dublin and Ireland can be improved over the next 100 years, recalling the era of James Joyce’s Dubliners. You, the audience, are part of the Parliament and 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.
The Pillar Room, Rotunda Hospital, Dublin 1. Free. No booking required.
Sunday, 15 June
Pop into the Little Museum of Dublin to view a selection of Robert Berry’s hand drawn ink illustrations of ‘The Dead’. These drawings are taken from the new, limited edition publication of ‘The Dead’ published by Stoney Road Press to mark the centenary of Dubliners; a deft, subtle portrait of everyday life in turn-of-the-century Dublin. Berry’s incredibly detailed and evocative illustrations will be on show in the Little Museum of Dublin from Thursday, 12 June onwards.
The Little Museum of Dublin, 15 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.
Admission to the Museum: €7/€5.50
Monday, 16 June, 3-6pm
Readings and Songs in Meeting House Square
Join us at Meeting House Square in Temple Bar as Master of Ceremonies Peter Sheridan hosts a gala afternoon of readings and songs from Ulysses. Joyceans of all ages and backgrounds are most welcome! Come and read your favourite few words from the book of the day or simply sit and listen to Joyce’s sweet music being read by the great and the good of our fair city! Tenor Morgan Crowley, soprano Deirdre Masterson and pianist David Wray will also treat you to songs from the Big Blue Book of Eccles.
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Free and open to the public; limited seating available. No booking required.
Treat yourself to a night of cinema and entertainment that will bring to life the magic of Ulysses. At it Again! in collaboration with Film Fatale present an interactive screening of the 1967 classic film by Joseph Strick. Become totally immersed as you romp through Ulysses. The evening will be peppered with party pieces, prizes for the best-dressed and props supplied from the Bloomsday Survival Kit.
After the screening, join James Joyce in some crazy-legged dancing and absinthe drinking. Make sure to dress up! Find your inner Edwardian, 1960s style or cross-dress in true Rocky Horror fashion. Warning! The film will be cut short with the final half hour replaced with a live version of Dirty Penelope! Please note that the Wrap Party is included in the price.
The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.
Monday 16 June, 10.30pm
In Ulysses, the two heroes, Bloom and Dedalus, head into Nighttown for a spot of surreal entertainment. Join them for a wild night in the delicious underbelly of Ulysses. Watch Joyce doing his famous spider-legged dance. Take a turn with an Edwardian whore. Meet the suave Buck Mulligan. Get chatted up by Blazes Boylan or flirt with the hot-blooded Molly Bloom. A wrap party to remember!
The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
Tickets €5, available on the door.