Bloomsday Festival is an annual celebration of Irish Author James Joyce, based on his novel Ulysses. Based on the events which took place on June 16, 1904, the very first Bloomsday Festival was celebrated in 1954. Since then, it has developed into a colourful and diverse celebration of the beloved author and his work. The world famous literary street carnival takes place each year from June 11-16 in the Irish capital of Dublin. A range of events from lectures, reading, workshops, walking tours and more, take place throughout Bloomsday Festival. Bloomsday Breakfasts, theatre and music performances and pub crawls are amongst the most popular activities.
“A weeklong celebration of all things Bloom takes place every year in June!”
Bloomsday Festival celebrates Thursday the 16th of June, 1904. The day is depicted in the James Joyce novel ‘Ulysses’ and is named after the central character: Leopold Bloom. The novel follows the life of this character as well as many other real and fictional characters – from 8am on the 16th of June 1904, to the early hours of the next morning.
Celebrations include dressing up like the characters from the novel, wearing clothes similar to the style seen during the era. Bloomsday Festival celebrates the novel in a number of ways, including readings, performances and visiting places referenced to in the book.
Bloomsday Festival takes place in the Irish capital of Dublin. There are numerous events held throughout the entire city, including popular local pubs, parks and theatres.
The nearest airport is Dublin Airport, which is located approximately 20 minutes from the city centre. Most major airlines operate throughout this airport as well as popular European budget airlines.
Getting around Dublin is quick and easy with their extensive public transport systems. Dublin’s popular DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) system offers fast and frequent trains that follow the eastern coastline. Regular trains run both on and off-peak and also offer free wifi.
Public buses are also available in the city of Dublin, making it easy and affordable to get around the city centre and surrounding suburbs. Dublin’s light rail service ‘Luas’ is also a swift and reliable method of public transport.
Dublin has also been ranked as one of the top ten bicycle friendly cities on earth. Dublin’s city bikes scheme, combined with 120km of cycle lanes, makes it easy to see the city on two wheels.
Countless accomodation options ranging from hostels to hotels and airbnbs are available throughout the city of Dublin. It is recommended to stay within the city centre, so you don’t miss any of the action. Popular events take place near Duke Street and Lincoln Place. You can explore and find the cheapest nearby options below.
Dublin’s week-long celebration offers a range of unique and exciting activities. The full list of official events and activities can be found here.
One of the most popular events is the Joycean Pub Crawl. Offering a guided tour of some of Dublin’s best loved pubs, visitors will explore numerous inspiring establishments. This event takes place Wednesday June 12, from 6pm-9pm.
The Bloomsday Eve Bus is another popular attraction, offering a sightseeing tour around ‘Dear Dirty Dublin’. Stopping at some of the town’s most famous attractions, visitors will explore the ‘Hibernian metropolis’ on the 2.5 hour tour. This event takes place Saturday June 15, from 10am to 12.30pm.
Bloomsday Walking Tours take place throughout the day of June 16. You are guided on a one hour tour of the city and get to explore some of the key locations from the book. Tours take place every hour on the hour from 10am – 3pm.
The next edition of Bloomsday Festival will take place on June 11-16, 2019.
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