BloomsdayBloomsday is an annual worldwide celebration of James Joyce’s epic novel Ulysses. Named for Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of Ulysses, Bloomsday is observed on the day the book takes place—June 16. It’s a celebration of Irish culture, it’s a literary event, and it’s a grand party.

Portland is among cities in over 40 countries that mount special events to honor this important work of literature. Bloomsday Portland features an array of fun, fascinating – and free – festivities during the week leading up to June 16, including theater, film, music, and readings from the book at various locations around the city.

 Bloomsday Portland is produced by AIRE (American Irish Repertory Ensemble) in partnership with the Maine Irish Heritage Center, the Portland Public Library, and Bull Feeney’s Pub, with participation from local bookstores, pubs, and other organizations.


 June 16 is known around the globe as Bloomsday, the day on which James Joyce’s epic novel Ulysses takes place.  Portland joins the celebration with our 5th Annual Bloomsday Portland event, June 11-16.  It’s fun and it’s free!

Wednesday, June 11
Ulysses for Beginners, a rollicking performance piece performed by AIRE (American Irish Repertory Ensemble), uses scenes, songs, and humor to explain the story line of Ulysses in one hour. 7:30 p.m., Bull Feeney’s Pub, 375 Fore Street

Thursday June 12
The Dead, a screening of John Huston’s masterful 1987 film of James Joyce’s short story from Dubliners. 6:30 p.m., Portland Public Library 5 Monument Square, Room 5

Saturday, June 14
Tea and Trivia kicks off the Bloomsday Walk with a Joycean trivia contest, music, and refreshments. 11:00 a.m., Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray Street

Poldy’s Perambulation is a Bloomsday Walk from the Maine Irish Heritage Center to various spots in downtown Portland, including pubs, bookstores, and the Portland Public Library, with excerpts from Ulysses read by AIRE actors at each location. Costumes encouraged! Noon-4:00 pm., Downtown Portland

Monday, June 16
Readings from Dubliners. To mark the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s short story collection Dubliners, AIRE actors and Joyce lovers will read from the stories. 7:30 p.m., Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray Street




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