Bloomsday at the Rosenbach
A daylong celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses
June 13-18, 2014
On June 16, the world celebrates Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey through the streets of Dublin, as imagined in James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses, during a special celebration termed “Bloomsday.”
For two decades, Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum and Library — home to Joyce’s original Ulysses manuscript — has hosted one of the world’s largest Bloomsday celebrations with a day of festivities along Delancy Place. Celebrate with notable Philadelphians and Joyce enthusiasts bring the novel to life with lectures, readings and reenactments.
Bloomsday is notable as it is the only international holiday that recognizes one specific work of art. From the brilliant short story “The Dead” to Leopold Bloom’s wanderings through the underworlds of the city streets, Joyce saw Dublin as a place populated by ghosts.
The Rosenbach Museum commemorates the occasion with a celebration culminating with a reading of Ulysses (yes, all 1,000+ pages!) from the steps of the Rosenbach, led by notable Philadelphians.
The celebration is free and open to everyone.
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- Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
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- The Westin Philadelphia
- Inn at the Union League
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Broad and Spruce Streets
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- Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
- The Philadelphia Orchestra
- Philly POPS! On Independence 2014
- Center City District Sips
- Merriam Theater
- Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Adolph and Rose Levis Sports Museum
- Duck Girl
- Art in the Open
- Art on City Hall
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