Bloomsday 2023

Every year on 16 June, we celebrate James Joyce’s epic tale of Ulysses, Leopold Bloom’s day and night of wandering through Dublin.

While the story captures the heart of Dublin on a summer’s day in 1904, it inspires people worldwide to participate in readings, musical and theatrical performances, and much more.

Experience the affirmative power of the closing words of Ulysses through our new short film, produced in collaboration with Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI).

Scored by composer Caterina Schembri and performed by Julia Spanu and Chamber Choir Ireland, the film features actors, artists and writers in over 40 locations across six continents.

Marking Bloomsday

Some of our main activities and partners for the 2023 Bloomsday programme.

colourful mural painted on the side of a building with dome lie rooves

In pictures | Szombathely mural

A two-day Bloomsday Festival in Szombathely, Hungary, will include the unveiling of a major art work by Irish artist, Garreth Joyce.

spread of books of Ulysses in different languages

Ulysses European Odyssey

Eighteen European cities have come together to create this ambitious multi-arts programme inspired by James Joyce’s masterpiece that runs until June 2024.

cartoon of james joyce and Ulysses

Listen | James Joyce's Odyssey

A French audio documentary series where authors delve into an extraordinary work by an author who upset 20th-century literature.