James Joyce's masterpiece Ulysses depicts a day in the life of Dubliner Leopold Bloom on 16 June 1904, the anniversary of which is celebrated worldwide as Bloomsday. The courtyard of the Centre Culturel Irlandais will be stage to artist Aideen Barry whose performance will involve the examination of the passage of time, appropriate to the Joyce epic where 24 hours changed the course of literature. Patrick Healy, distinguished scholar and philosopher, will read from Ulysses exploring the importance of acoustics in Joyce's work. The episode will be that which takes place at the Ormonde Hotel 'in the late afternoon'.... will this be a moment of real time?
Celebrate James Joyce's immortal work with a picnic from 16h30 to 19h30 to bring the children. All are encouraged to dress in smocks and long skirts, short trousers and hats or anything that would evoke turn-of-the-century Dublin. As well as enjoying refreshments provided by the Centre Culturel Irlandais, bring your own picnic - cordials and sandwiches, potted meats in aspic will bring the times in Dublin alive.
At the end of the picnic a glass of Hennessy cognac will be served.