Whether you’re a resident vampire or visiting from further afield, Bram Stoker Festival 2015 has something for everyone in its gothically inspired programme of events. Bram Stoker Festival is an initiative of Dublin City Council and Fáilte Ireland and is presented by Project Arts Centre.
This ghoulishly clever collaboration of events has something for everyone. The creator of Dracula, Abraham ‘Bram’ Stoker was born on 8 November 1847 in Clontarf, Dublin and was educated at Trinity College from 1864-1870. He joined the Irish civil service and worked in Dublin Castle for 15 years. His love of theatre led him to become the unpaid drama critic for the Dublin Evening Mail which was co-owned by the gothic writer Sheridan Le Fanu. Following his marriage he moved to London to act as manager of the Lyceum Theatre and secretary for the actor Sir Henry Irving. He began writing novels while in London – the most famous of which is Dracula, published in 1897.
Some of the events being hosted at this year’s festival include:
From Dusk Till Dawn – 10:30pm – 11:55pm, October 23rd at the Lighthouse Cinema – The postmodern vibe permeating cinema in the 1990s is owed in at least some part to the cinema of Quentin Tarantino. As part of the festival, they are presenting a new digital restoration of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s bloody collaboration.
Maser – 6:00pm, October 23rd in Smithfield Square – Bram Stoker Festival is welcoming home Dublin’s own Maser, who will construct his first ever, large-scale outdoor installation in his home city. Known across the world for his colourful, vibrant and pulsating murals and installations, his murals are visible thought the city and have brought joy and intrigue to hundreds of thousands of Dubliners and visitors.
I Got The Seanchaí, I Got The Secret – 9:00pm – 10:30pm, October 23rd – 24th – Step out of the light and into the dark, open your ears, open your heart. As Samhain approaches, I Got The Seanchaí, I Got The Secret takes its cues from the darkness of the new season, and asks what darkness lurks inside us? Hosted by Vickey Curtis and Una Mullally
The Scary Trail – 11:00am – 5:00pm, October 23rd – 24th in Marsh’s Library – You might end up meeting a vampire, a headless mummy, or a HUGE spider!
Soundings – 8:00pm – 9:30pm, October 24th in St. Patricks Cathedral – An hour and a half of story and song to inspire, alarm and humour, hosted by Dylan Haskins & Lisa Hannigan joined by Amy Huberman, Theo Dorgan, David Rawle (Moon Boy’s 14 year old star) and music guests Heathers.
Macnas Twilight Procession – 5:30pm – 6:30pm, October 26th all over the City with a finale in Wolfe Tone Square – Arise! Awake! A mist descends upon the city streets. Sounds pulsate beneath our feet. The sky shudders as Macnas spirits are unleashed by Twilight. Head out and celebrate with Danu, Goddess of the Divine and Dark: brutal and beautiful, warrior and mother, hallowed and holy, she protects and provokes, takes flight and goes underground.
These are but a few of the amazing and enthralling events happing all over the City for the weekend. You can see the full schedule here http://www.bramstokerfestival.com/full-listings/. This is certainly a weekend not to be missed in Dublin. #BiteMeDublin