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Bloomsday 2017

07. 06. 2017

Bloomsday Festival 2017

Bloomsday, named after James Joyce’s Ulysses protagonist, celebrates 16 June 1904, the day documented in the famous book. The first Bloomsday was celebrated in 1954 by Irish authors Patrick Kavanagh, Flann O’Brien, and Anthony Cronin. Common celebrations include dressing up in Edwardian clothing, re-enacting episodes of the book, and eating food from Ulysses.

Celebrate Bloomsday across the city with a variety of events!

Dubliners Women

After a successful run in December 2016, Sarah Baxter’s Dubliners Women returns to the stage for this year’s Bloomsday Festival.

Dates: Tue, Jun 6, 2017 13:00 – Sat, Jun 17, 2017 14:00

Location: Bewleys Cafe Theatre, Powerscourt Centre 59 South William Street South Dublin, County Dublin, D02 H762 Ireland.

Click here to learn more! 


The Joyce of Food in Association with Irish Food Trail 

Food is everywhere in Joyce’s Ulysses. Food has also become central to Bloomsday celebrations over the years, so Bloomsday is delighted to be collaborating with Irish Food Trail this year to bring you the Joyce of Food, a three hour food and drink tour inspired by Joyce’s Ulysses.

Dates:  –  

Location: Dublin Castle (Palace St. Entrance) Palace Street Dublin, County Dublin.

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Ulysses: A Visual Schema by James MacDonnell – Talk & Exhibition Launch.

Inspired by the Linati and Gibert Schemata, designer James MacDonnell has created a new ‘visual schema’ for the book. Developing a unique graphical system to represent each episode, MacDonnell’s prints combine to represent a visual representation of the text and present a minimalist interpretation for Joyce’s Ulysses that dispenses with the need for explanatory text or illustrations.

Date: Sunday, June 11, 2017 – 15:00 16:30

Location: James Joyce Centre 35 North Great George’s Street Dublin, County Dublin.

To find out more, click here! 


The Poppie Joyce Tapes

Margaret Alice ‘Poppie’ Joyce spoke about her life, her brother and his works shortly before her death in 1964 in interviews with the Australian Franciscan priest, Godfrey Ainsworth. Now these recently re-discovered tapes are being preserved and made available to the public by the James Joyce Centre in 2017 in partnership with the School of English, Trinity College Dublin.

Join us for this very special talk by the Centre’s Director, Mark Traynor, which will feature excerpts from these unique recordings. Discover the evocative memories of this extraordinary woman who left her family to find a new life at the other end of the world. This event will mark the first public broadcasting of the tapes and advance booking is strongly recommended.

With special thanks to Diane Sadler (School of English, Trinity College Dublin) and Lucy Byrne.


Location: James Joyce Centre 35 North Great George’s Street Dublin.

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Joycean Pub Crawl 

Dublin is renowned for its pub culture and, fittingly, Joyce captured a little bit of that culture in the pages of Ulysses. What better way to discuss Joyce than over a few pints of plain?

Dates: Monday, June 12, 2017 – 18:00 – 22:00

Location: James Joyce Centre 35 North Great George’s Street Dublin.

Find out more about the Joycean Pub Crawl here!  


For a full list of events and scheduled programmes for Bloomsday, click here and access the Bloomsday website.