A BIT ABOUT US
What is Bloomsday?
Bloomsday was first celebrated in Dublin in 1954, and since the 1970s it has become the biggest literary feast day. Why? The events of Joyce’s Ulysses take place on one day (Thursday 16 June 1904 and the early hours of the next day) in a city that was eminently walkable at the time of its setting. Leopold Bloom is one of the three leading characters and tradition names the day after him, rather than his wife Molly Bloom or young Stephen Daedalus. Early Bloomsdays were peripatetic, with the novel’s landmarks the focus of Bloomsday revels.
THE TEAM BEHIND
BLOOMSDAY IN MELBOURNE
PATRON: BARRY JONES AC
The Irish Government through the Irish Embassy in Canberra has sponsored Bloomsday in Melbourne since 2006.
THE CELTIC CLUB
The Celtic Club has been a longstanding sponsor and sometimes host of Bloomsday events. It is generous in providing a rehearsal space to Bloomsday in Melbourne.
Our most long-standing sponsor, since 1997, has been the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University.