Bloomsday in Melbourne has been retrieving our archived photos from 24 years of theatre inspired by James Joyce’s fiction. A selection from the treasury of images is to be found on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/bloomsdayinmelbourne/

From 1994, Bloomsday walked the streets, performing in David Jones’ (department store) basement, a morgue, a cemetery, many churches, a maternity ward in a hospital,  the steps of Parliament House and the entry to Parliament Station, a museum, the Legion of Mary,  the Time-Ball Tower in Williamstown, a Masonic lodge, many a beach and pier. There was always a gala event in a theatre in the evening. Since 2000, with the tightening of safety standards and by-laws on the streets, and because the patron numbers grew hugely, we confined ourselves to theatres and indoor events. 16 June can be cool in Melbourne (though often we note it’s as warm as the same summer day in Dublin!)

Bloomsday memorably was invited to mount performances in Dublin and Kobe, too. So, a warm welcome to visit Bloomsday’s Instagram site, and track what we’ve been up to over all those years….

Celebrating James Joyce since 1994

The Bloomsday in Melbourne (Australia) festival occurs annually on and around 16 June.
It celebrates James Joyce’s fiction – its humour, its challenge to rethink the world, its experimentalism.
What’s coming up….


was the centenary of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and we celebrated with a sell-out season at fortyfivedownstairs. In addition, we ran three fringe events to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.


is looking very exciting: Bloomsday in Melbourne’s original play, Getting Up James Joyce’s Nose, is almost completed. Watch this space!  We’ll bring you news as the plans unfold and become firm.


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