Bloomsday in Cyprus

12 September 2022
Poster for Embassy Cyprus' Bloomsday events featuring James Joyce's silhouette.

Bloomsday is an annual celebration of the life of one of Ireland’s greatest novelists, James Joyce. The celebrations are named after Leopold Bloom, the main protagonist of Joyce’s novel “Ulysses”, and take place on 16 June, the same day in which the novel is set in 1904.

Ulysses, as described by Joyce, is "a book from eighteen different angles and in an equal number of styles, which apparently my colleagues of literature neither know nor have discovered". These eighteen angles are set together, each with a different style and technical narrative, and depict the story of a single day in Dublin, 16 June 1904, hereinafter known as Bloomsday.

“Ulysses” is not just an emblematic book of world literature; it is a mythical book not only for those who managed to read it, but for those who acquire the novel and abandoned it, frightened perhaps by its shifting style and density.

The first Bloomsday was celebrated in Ireland in 1954, on the 50th anniversary of the novel’s publication. This year, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first edition of “Ulysses”. The Embassy of Ireland in collaboration with Ideogramma will host the first ever Bloomsday in Cyprus on Thursday, 16 June 2022.

Theatre director Andreas Araouzos will coordinate the event which will include readings from "Ulysses" (in Greek, English and Turkish), video and audio excerpts of interviews as well as music interludes and a Celtic harp performance.

Production: Ideogramma

Organisation: Cyprus Bloomsday Festival 2022 & Embassy of Ireland in Cyprus

16 June 2022, 20.30

Leventis Municipal Museum, Nicosia

Free entrance with reservation via Eventbrite

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'Nobody' production poster featuring two actors in portrait against a dark background.


Homer - Joyce – Kazantzakis

1,2,3 July, Artos House, Nicosia

Is there life before death? On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s seminal book '' Ulysses '', narrator Marina Katsari and musician Vangelis Gettos dissect Odysseus’ transformations through the works of three famous authors who were influenced by his adventures: Homer and his Odysseus, Joyce and his Ulysses, Nikos Kazantzakis and his own "Dysseas".

“NOBODY” is a modular, musical-narrative journey based on the rhapsody "Nekia", the land of the dead, which is found in all three works. This transcendental documentary experience that combines both the cosmopolitan discourse of the great writers and the original live music on stage, seeks to remind the viewer the most basic - perhaps today more than ever – crime committed by man over time: the Hubris to the privilege of being with the living.

The three performances at Artos House are part of the Cyprus Bloomsday Festival 2022 which is organised by the Embassy of Ireland in Cyprus.

Event details

Narration: Marina Katsari

Live music: Vangelis Gettos

Concept, stage design: Marina Katsari and Vangelis Gettos

Production: ERGO Theatre

Organisation: Cyprus Bloomsday Festival 2022 & Embassy of Ireland in Cyprus

1/2/3 July 2022, 20.00

Artos House, Agioi Omologites 64, 1080, Nicosia

Free entrance with reservation (required): 96130158

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