H.E. Mr. Paul McGarry, Ambassador of Ireland to Romania, is pleased to announce arrangements for Bloomsday cultural festival, called this year: “Romania is celebrating James Joyce”
Bloomsday is celebrated around the world every year on June 16, the day James Joyce’s novel “Ulysses“ is set. This year Bucharest joins more than 200 cities around the world in that celebration which takes the name of the book’s main character, Leopold Bloom. The novel tracks a day in his life in Dublin.
A typical Bloomsday atmosphere will be created on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at 17:30 at the Bookshop, Cărtureşti Carusel, Old Town, and the actress Ada Galeş and Michal Hunt, Irish resident in Romania will read excerpts from the novel accompanied by Adrian Petrescu who will perform on the oboe musical pieces associated with Joyce’s work.
Inspired by several quotes from the novel “Ulysses” the young and talented graphic designer, Elizabeth Brolla, created postcard illustrations.We also thank the graphic designer Mihai Pope for his design of the poster and the invitations.
The event will be opened by Ambassador Paul McGarry, who said that:
“Bloomsday, a day in the life of an ordinary man, is one of the most important days in Ireland’s cultural calendar and the themes in Ulysses are universal and resonate with people around the world.”
A programme produced on this special occasion by film director Dan Michael Schlanger, will be broadcasted on the websites of the Irish Embassy in Bucharest, the Romanian Cultural Institute as well as on other social networks. One of Romania’s most acclaimed actors Marcel Iureş, Adrian Petrescu – first oboist of the George Enescu Philharmonic, the baritone Ionuț Pascu as well as a group of talented Romanian musicians contributed to the program.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) have partnered to create ‘A New Day Will Be: A Short Film for Bloomsday 2020’, collaborating over the last month with Irish Embassies and Consulates worldwide.
Bucharest was represented by Ada Galeş.
The film can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDR4vawLFLLlpkEyb8clepw)
Also, on this occasion, Euromedia facilitated the promotion of Bloomsday in 6 metro stations from 11 to 18 June.
This is part of the program of events celebrating 30 years of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Romania.
The Irish Embassy thanks the following partners for their support: Romanian Cultural Institute, Cărturesti, Bucharest National Theatre, as well as the sponsors: Guinness Romania and Jameson Irish Whiskey.
More information at Bucharestembassy@dfa.ie
Note: Access to the event is subject to all COVID-19 restrictions.