12 June 2018

Bloomsday 2018: A party for Joyce

From 14 to 17 June 2018 the Bloomsday is celebrated in Trieste. Here’s what the literary hotel in Trieste suggests you not to miss out on the joyciana three days!

From 14 to 17 June Trieste joins the world celebrations in honor of the great Irish writer James Joyce. A three days of shows, special visits, exhibitions and conferences all in the joyciano theme.

Not by chance, Trieste is the city that Joyce defined as “my second homeland” and that hosted it from 1904 to 1920. It is no coincidence that Victoria, the literary hotel of Trieste, was one of the many residences of Trieste the brilliant author Ulysses.

Blooomsday celebrates the fateful day of Leopold Bloom told by Joyce in his titanic masterpiece ULISSE. Every year, June 16th is celebrated that long 16 June 1904. And in Trieste the celebrations will last even the whole weekend.

The seventh chapter of the ULISSE, entitled Eolo, dedicated to the ephemeral wind of fame and set in the headquarters of the Freeman’s Journal in Dublin, at 12.15 on 16 June 1904, serves as the guiding thread for this year’s celebrations.

Even the literary hotel wanted this year to celebrate the great Joyce – which here has a suite dedicated to him – with an installation right in the hotel lobby. Everyone can admire it when entering the hotel.

The program of the celebrations for the Bloomsday Trieste is really wide, for this reason the literary hotel has selected for you some unmissable appointments not to be missed!

  Programma Bloomsday


Thursday June 14th

The celebrations start on Thursday at 7 pm at the “Grezar” Stadium (entrance on Via Flavia) with the inauguration of the new “mural” dedicated to James Joyce. A great portrait of James Joyce who reinterprets three moments of the ULISSE with a variety of styles that reflects the different writing techniques used by Joyce in the novel.


Friday June 15th

  • Those who prefer exhibitions will be able to choose Unfolding Ulysses – # 7 Aeolus by Annalisa Metus, which opens at 7 pm in Sala Veruda, Piazza Piccola 2, behind Piazza Unità. All rhetoric. Blisters full of air. Kilometers of unrolled paper. A eulogy of overabundance and inconclusiveness. In any case, the exhibition will remain open every day from 10 to 13 and from 17 to 20 until 15 July. Guided visits by the artist on Friday 22 June and Friday 6 July at 18.00; Tuesday 26 June and Tuesday 10 July at 11.00.

  • In the evening, instead, the theater returns with Love is Unhappy When Love is Away by Diana Höbel inspired by the James Joyce Chamber Music collection. The exceptional location is the Rotondo Bastion of the Castle of San Giusto (in case of bad weather Auditorium of the Revoltella Museum, via Diaz 27).

Saturday June 16th

  • In another very precious place that deserves a visit, that is to say at the Sartorio Museum in Largo Papa Giovanni XXIII, at 11.00 the literary biscuits by Maurizio Stagni will be presented, which you will have had the opportunity to taste at the literary hotel. With an addition, not only Joyce, but also Svevo and Saba will be protagonists of this tasting with coffee.
  • Three for Trio, a concert for clarinet, violin and piano will follow in this poetic setting. Music by Marco Battigelli, Davide Coppola and Giorgio Coslovich, with the Trio Joyce and songs inspired by Joyce’s work.
  • And after having been entertained by the music, you can watch the screening of the documentary Anjelica Huston on James Joyce: A Shout in the Street by David Blake Knox and Kieron J. Walsh (GB, 2018, 52 min., English version). The film, produced for the BBC, tells the story of James Joyce’s turbulent and surprising literary career, from his poor childhood in Dublin, through his first battles, to the achievement of international fame.
  • It will be time again to walk in the footsteps of Joyce at 17 with the JJ Walking Tour. Itinerary on foot through the city of Joyce, but this time in English starting from Joyce Passage or from the Curto Bridge, on the side of Via Rossini.
  • An opportunity to discover the Joyce Museum in the Old Town will be the inauguration of the Greig Stevens exhibition: Odyssey. In the Footsteps of Joyce, at 6 pm in via Madonna del Mare, 13.

date orari Bloomsday

Sunday June 17th

  • In Campo San Giacomo, the grand finale with concert by the Wooden Legs at 8.30 pm, followed by screening of John Houston’s The Dead – Gente di Dublino (USA, 1987, 83 min, English version with Italian subtitles) ).

Happy Bloomsday 2018 to everyone!

 All events are free admission.

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