21st Annual Celebration of Irish Arts
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Program: 4-9 p.m.
Drexel Hall, 15 W. Linwood, K.C. MO 64111
On Thursday, June 16, the Kansas City Irish Center presents the 21st annual “Bloomsday” celebration in honor of James Joyce’s novel, Ulysses.
Joyce’s Ulysses is the story of 24 hours in the life of Leopold Bloom who, like his Greek counterpart of old, confronts cyclops and sirens while navigating the streets, pubs and bordellos of 1904 Dublin in search of home. It’s a vivid portrait of a city and time never to be seen again.
In Ireland and around the world, June 16 is commemorated as “Bloomsday” and manifested by tributes to Joyce, marathon readings of Ulysses, and celebrations of Irish literature and music.
Here’s a schedule of the festivities on June 16 at Drexel Hall, 15 W. Linwood:
- 4-5:15 p.m.: A showing of the documentary Joyce to the World.
- 5:30-6:45 p.m.: Local Irish troubadour Eddie Delahunt sings traditional Irish music.
- 7-9 p.m.: The play BLOOMSDAY: DUBLIN, 16 JUNE, a script-in-hand dramatization directed by Katie Gilchrist and performed by the Bloomsday Players. The show culminates with the beautifully erotic soliloquy of Molly Bloom.
Admission is free. Free parking is available next to Drexel Hall. Parental discretion advised due to adult language and situations.