Bloom’s Day 2020 in NYC

jamesjoyceBloom’s Day commemorates James Joyce’s epic novel, Ulysses and the exploits of the main character, Leopold Bloom. It is celebrated worldwide on June 16, the anniversary Bloom’s journey through Dublin on that day in 1904.

While it originated in Dublin, New York City is among many cities around the world that hold Bloomsday annual observances. Literary New Yorkers have several options in celebrating the 116th anniversary of Bloom’s Day.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, this year’s Bloomsday events will be held on-line.

Here are the best ways to commemorate Bloom’s Day 2020 in NYC:

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Origin Theatre in association with Bloom’s Tavern presents
Origin’s 7th Bloomsday Breakfast

A grand tradition since 2014, commemorating the Dublin summer morning chronicled in James Joyce’s landmark novel “Ulysses,” which takes place in a single day, June 16, 1904.
The hour-long show, featuring staged and remotely accessed online pre-recorded appearances and performances,
will air on, and

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Virtual Bloomsday on Broadway

Bloomsday at Symphony Space
Stephen Colbert, Brian Cox, Hugh Dancy, Claire Danes, Kate Mulgrew, Cynthia Nixon, Fiona Shaw, Dan Stevens, and more come together at our virtual Symphony Space for a celebration of James Joyce’s brilliant masterpiece Ulysses.
Since you can’t come to Symphony Space, they’re bringing their 39th annual Bloomsday on Broadway to you
Beginning at 8AM, a cavalcade of actors, authors, and musicians will drop in throughout the day with music and readings from one of the greatest literary works in history.
Streaming via YouTube

8AM: From Episode I
Telemachus performed by Stephen Colbert

8:45AM: From Episode II
Nestor performed by Rita Wolf

9:30AM: From Episode III
Proteus performed by Zach Grenier

10:15AM: From Episode IV
Calypso performed by Fiona Shaw

10:45AM: “Love’s Old Sweet Song” performed by Nuala Kennedy & Caoimhín Vallely

11AM: From Episode V
Lotus Eaters performed by Peter Francis James

11:45AM: From Episode VI
Hades performed by Malachy McCourt

12:30PM: From Episode VII
Aeolus performed by Mia Dillon

1PM: “The Heath Bald/Miller’s Maggot/Calliope House” performed by Chris Ranney & Caitlin Warbelow

1:15PM: From Episode VIII
Lestrygonians performed by Kate Mulgrew

2PM: From Episode IX
Scylla and Charybdis performed by Cynthia Nixon

2:45PM: From Episode X
Wandering Rocks performed by Hugh Dancy

3:30PM: From Episode XI
Sirens performed by Donna Lynne Champlin

4PM: “Porthole of the Kelp” performed by Chris Ranney & Caitlin Warbelow

4:15PM: From Episode XII
Cyclops performed by Colum McCann

5PM: From Episode XIII
Nausicaa performed by Claire Danes

5:45PM: From Episode XIV
Oxen of the Sun performed by Brian Cox

6:30PM: From Episode XV
Circe performed by Dan Stevens

7:15PM: From Episode XVI
Eumaeus performed by Juliana Canfield

7:45PM: “Raglan Road” performed by Brenda Castles

8PM: From Episode XVII
Ithaca performed by Denis O’Hare

8:45PM: From Episode XVIII
Penelope performed by Kirsten Vangsness

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 – 6pm
IABANY presents
“Zoomsday” Celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses

featuring keynote speaker: Joyce enthusiast, Irish Times journalist and author of An Irishman’s Diary, Frank McNally.

His Bloomsday address will be accompanied by musical/literary contributions, including:

Recitations by Senator David Norris, Irish film and theatre director John Crowley (Brooklyn), playwright and actor Patrick Fitzgerald and actress Cara Seymour

And musical accompaniment by Howie Lavine, Teresa McGowan, Mary Maloney and Elsa Bieger
RSVP via facebook
Streaming via Zoom 6-7pm EDT.

Bloomsday (Wikipedia)
The James Joyce Society

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