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Opening Ulysses

Join us for a dazzling dive into the first line of Joyce’s iconic novel, featuring forty performers across six continents.

Welcome to Bloomsday 2021

Every year on 16 June, we celebrate James Joyce’s epic tale of Ulysses, capturing Leopold Bloom’s day and night of wandering through Dublin. While this is a story set close to home, it’s celebrated worldwide with readings, music, food, costume, theatre and much more!

Learn more about the global reach of Bloomsday through events in Irish Embassies and Consulates, our Global Book Giveaway of more than 5,000 copies of Joyce’s work in over 100 cities, and take a dazzling dive into the first line of the novel with our new short film, Opening Ulysses, featuring performers in over forty locations across six continents.

Highlights from Bloomsday 2021 around the world

Embassy Berlin shows exhibition, Ulysses Expanded

Embassy Berlin shows exhibition, Ulysses Expanded

The Irish Embassy in Berlin is thrilled to present a new online exhibition of artworks accompanying readings from Ulysses. The artworks are a collection from artists based in Germany that will have been chosen from an open call. 

 

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Bloomsday Booth brings Ulysses to life - Indonesia

Bloomsday Booth brings Ulysses to life - Indonesia

Embassy Jakarta will create an interactive Bloomsday experience and bring Joyce’s Dublin of 1904 to life by recreating some of the novel’s most famous settings.

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Embassy London celebrate the life & works of Joyce

Embassy London celebrate the life & works of Joyce

The Irish Embassy, London is delighted to host a virtual Bloomsday celebration of the life and works of James Joyce with the help of a few very special guests including Adrian Dunbar and Emma Dabiri.

 

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Bloomsday Poetry Competition Mozambique

Bloomsday Poetry Competition Mozambique

Embassy Maputo to uncover talented local writers with 2021 Bloomsday Poetry Competition!

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Joyce mural unveiled in Buffalo, NY

Joyce mural unveiled in Buffalo, NY

 Ireland’s Consulate General in New York have partnered with the University of Buffalo in unveiling a new 36-foot vibrant James Joyce mural in the city, creating a landmark for the Irish community and raising awareness of the home of the largest collection of Joycean manuscripts and materials.

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Joycean Jam takes over University of Sydney

Joycean Jam takes over University of Sydney

This Bloomsday the Consulate General of Ireland Sydney partners with the University of Sydney to host a Joycean Jam with artistic collective the Prankqueans. With a healthy dollop of audience participation, the Jam will celebrate Joyce’s Ulysses through a cabaret of readings, spoken word and song.

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Chilean artists recite Joyce & Yeats in series

Chilean artists recite Joyce & Yeats in series

Embassy Chile have this year produced  a "From Yeats Day to Bloomsday” campaign, celebrating two of Ireland’s greatest literary figures by partnering with well-known Chilean artists. 

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‘In Praise of Women’ event produced in Atlanta

‘In Praise of Women’ event produced in Atlanta

This Bloomsday our Consulate General in Atlanta partnered with local group Arís Theatre to produce ‘In Praise of Women’, featuring a cast of contributors and performers focusing on the theme of women across Joyce's life and work. Watch back the event now, with readings, musical performances, and expert analysis and insights.

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International Joyce Symposium runs until June 18

International Joyce Symposium runs until June 18

Supported by the Irish Embassy in Rome, this year’s online Symposium, ‘Omniscientific Joyce’, is one of the most significant Joycean events in the calendar. 

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Tourism Ireland pay tribute to Joyce from Madrid

Tourism Ireland pay tribute to Joyce from Madrid

The Office of Tourism Ireland, in Madrid, in conjunction with Spanish personalities Alex O’Dogherty, Paco Nadal and Espido Freire pay a special tribute, to legendary Irish writer James Joyce, to commemorate “Bloomsday” 2021.

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