The Irish Cultural Center of the Mohawk Valley and the HARP Museum will be transformed into Dublin for one day on Friday, June 16th, as they host their sixth annual “Bloomsday” event.
In James Joyce’s monumental classic “Ulysses,” June 16 is the date that the book’s protagonist, Leopold Bloom, undertakes his one-day sojourn through the streets of Dublin. Since the first two-man Bloomsday celebration in 1954, that date (or as near as practicable) continues to be celebrated throughout the world, with a range of cultural activities including readings and dramatizations of scenes from the novel, (as well as the responsible partaking of adult beverages.) And this year Utica, NY, will once again play host to its own Bloomsday event.
The event, which will commence from the beautiful Five Points patio 3:30 PM, will consist of a presentation of the Dublin sites visited by Bloom, each accompanied by dramatic readings by accomplished local actors and scholars, interspersed with traditional Irish music performed by the Craobh Dugan-O’Looney chapter of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. Theme-appropriate refreshments will also be available.
The event will be held at the Irish Cultural Center of the Mohawk Valley, 623 Columbia St, Utica, NY. Please register for free on Eventbrite by visiting our events calendar at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/utica-bloomsday-2023-tickets-644625039847.