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Listen to Joyce——Bloomsday Celebration in Hangzhou Public Library


Bloomsday celebrates the day on which the action of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses takes place, the 16th June, 1904, and also the day Joyce first went out with his future wife, Nora Barnacle. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. The novel follows the life and thoughts of Bloom and a host of other characters - real and fictional - from 8.00 am on 16 June through to the early hours of the following morning.



Inspired by the enthusiasm for James Joyce in China, Hangzhou Public Library and the Irish Consulate invited Chinese friends to join the Bloomsday celebration, by treating audiences to a musical performance based on Joyce’s works.


Irish performers Sinead and Darina have been creating award-winning performances inspired by the works of Irish literary genius James Joyce for the last 9 years. Their productions are an accessible and hugely entertaining key to the Dublin of James Joyce through a theatrical soundscape of music, from parlour song and music hall, street ballads and folksong.


Guests were invited to dress up in the best Joycean vintage clothes and winners won the hardcover Ulysses provided by the Irish Consulate.