Friday, June 4, 2010
Bloomsdays around the world
I think of Bloomsday as a literary Christmas. I love the idea that people are celebrating the birth of modern literature the world over. In addition to Radio Bloomsday, our 7 hour national radio broadcast on the Pacifica Radio Network, there are many other wonderful Bloomsday events happening on June 16th across America and throughout the world.
In New York City alone, several bars are hosting readings:
The Ulysses bar on Pearl Street begins their festivities at 11.30am as local authors read from the book. They are celebrating their 7th Bloomsday.
At Solas bar in the East Village, Tablet Magazine hosts a Bloomsday devoted to the Jewish themes in Ulysses and includes an excerpt of the book that I translated into Yiddish for the Bloomsday centennial performed by the New Yiddish Rep.
Symphony Space on the Upper West Side celebrates their 29th anniversary focusing on the books parallels to Homer's Odyssey.
The International Center for Photography hosts an exhibit of art work inspired by Ulysses made by students from their class Visualizing Ulysses.
The Irish American Bar Association celebrates with readings at the Irish Consulate on Fifth Avenue beginning at 6pm.
Bloomsday in Brooklyn observes the day on Saturday, June 12th beginning at the Black Sheep Pub.
The most famous worldwide celebration of the book takes place every year for a week in Dublin at the James Joyce center and at venues throughout the city.
Another much admired event, Toronto's Bloomsday run for 25 years by actress Mary Durkan has a day long celebration that includes a full costumed performance on the beach.
In Philadelphia, the Rosenbach Museum and Library which is home to many Joyce manuscripts holds event from 12 to 7pm.
On the west coast, The Wild Geese Theater in Seattle is holding a reading of the Circe episode of Ulysses beginning at 7pm.
In Los Angeles, The Celtic Arts Center has a performance on June 13th and on June 16th The Hammer Museum has a performance.
For a list of 31 other Bloomsday Celebrations in Oslo, Brussels, Buenos Aires and more visit the website of The James Joyce Centre.
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