Bram Stoker Festival 26th – 29th October 2018

Whether you’re a resident vampire or visiting from further afield, Bram Stoker Festival 2018 has something for everyone in its gothically inspired programme of events. Bram Stoker Festival is brought to life by Dublin City Council and Fáilte Ireland and presented by Schweppe Curtis Nunn Ltd.

Abraham “Bram” Stoker

Abraham ‘Bram’ Stoker was born on the 8th November 1847 in Marino Crescent, Clontarf, on the northside of Dublin and was educated at Trinity College from 1864-1870. Stoker became interested in the theatre while a student and this led him to become the unpaid drama critic for the Dublin Evening Mail which was co-owned by the gothic writer Sheridan Le Fanu. In 1878 he married Florence Balcombe, former girlfriend of Oscar Wilde, in St. Ann’s Church in Dawson Street. He began writing novels while in London – the most famous of which is Dracula, published in 1897. The global importance of Stoker’s novel is just one of the many reasons Dublin is internationally recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature

Stokerland 2018

Stokerland, a pop-up Victorian fun park for families and the eternally young, will open its gothic gates on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th of October in one of Dublin’s most beautiful green spaces, St. Patrick’s Park. With one of the city’s stunning cathedrals as a gothic backdrop, this ghoulish gathering will present street theatre, a performance tent, free face-painting, Victorian funfair rides, macabre thrills and ghoulish games for everyone to enjoy. Complete with a food village, olde-worlde games, face-painting and more, this family-friendly fun-day is the perfect way to entertain children 12 and under this Hallowe’en Bank Holiday weekend.


Marsh’s and the Gothic

Discover the secrets within Ireland’s oldest public library and its fascinating ties to the genre of gothic fiction. Opened in 1701, Marsh’s Library at St Patrick’s Cathedral has seen a great many readers come and go over the centuries, including Bram Stoker, who spent a lot of time there studying and absorbing books of gothic fiction and the occult. There are many more secrets held within the walls and book cases of this stunning library – delve in and find out!


PaINTCLUB Family x Bram Stoker

Join Paintclub for these daytime painting workshops for young and old, in the light filled vaults of Dublin’s EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum. At these special family events, you and your young Picassos can come together and create a ‘Dracula’ inspired masterpiece. With all materials provided and step by step instruction, this is a fun family event where older children, teens and adults can get creative together and take home a masterpiece. No experience required for these creative workshops right in the heart of Dublin city.


Macnas Parade

Bram Stoker Festival once again welcome the internationally renowned spectacle company Macnas to the streets of Dublin for an unforgettable nighttime parade. Now a much-loved Bram Stoker Festival tradition, join Dubliners and visitors of all ages along the city's streets as dusk falls on Monday October 29th for Out of the Wild Sky, a haunting and hair-raising parade of otherworldly magic. The pioneers of imagination and creators of unforgettable spectacles will once again transform the streets of Dublin as day turns to night and darkness descends. 'Packed with love and magic, sculpting a new cosmos into being, where the language of birds and stars takes flight, new horizons light up the deep and the wondrous and lifts up the sky. Between the white fire of the stars and the whispering woods, you can hear the breath of small kingdoms rise and fall. Dreams float, light as moths through branches, where a tangible sweetness flickers within Time's dark hug.'


The Horrors in the Black Church

Enter the gothic Chapel Royal in Dublin Castle, take your final resting place on the pews within and witness three of Irish theatre’s darkest minds coming together to create a terrifying theatrical treat. The Horrors In the Black Church comprises three short horror plays within one show. Spirits of the ancient dead mingle with more modern horrors as demons, ghosts and unknown beasts surround the dark altar in a trio of terrifying stories made to stop your heart.


Dracula’s Disco

Get in the spooky spirit with Dracula’s own DJ, spinning the decks and scratching vinyl at our outdoor family dance party. Dracula’s Disco returns to Meeting House Square with DJ Will Softly on The Ark’s outdoor stage, complete with confetti cannons to inspire some seriously deadly dancing! This fun-packed and energetic DJ set will be perfect for young ghosties, ghouls and music-loving little monsters. So get on your feet and have a blast! Come along in costume and show off your demonic dance moves! Free entry on a first come basis.


Various Events

Creature Features: Arachnophobia

Afraid of spiders? How about body snatchers? Or are flesh eating plants your worst nightmare? Bram Stoker Festival are thrilled to welcome Dublin’s bravest movie fans to the National Botanic Gardens for Creature Features, 3 nights of adults-only horror-comedy screenings within the garden walls. Gather your friends for after-hours shenanigans and natural-horror thrills, with the stunning Victorian glasshouses of the Botanic Gardens as a suitably spooky backdrop.


NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century

The Irish premiere of the stunning NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century, directed by Andrea Mastrovito, an animated interpretation of the classic 1922 horror film Nosferatu, with a live score specially commissioned for Bram Stoker Festival by Matthew Nolan. Set in present day New York City, NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century turns the original film on its head, positioning the vampire character as that most contemporary of “outsiders” – an emigrant escaping war at home only to face economic exploitation and xenophobia in their new country. Rich with symbolism and political commentary, the film retells the story of the vampire through the lens of modern-day fears about Islam, immigration, and refugees. The rotoscoped film, comprised of 35,000 hand-drawn images, replicates the eerie, flickering shutter effect of early cinema and will be accompanied by a specially commissioned live score by internationally renowned composer Matthew Nolan (Ireland), with similarly celebrated international musicians Erik Friedlander (U.S.A), Sean MacErlaine (Ireland) and Jan Bang (Norway) at St. Anne’s Church, Dawson St, where Bram Stoker married Florence Balcombe in 1878.


SLICE: The Gothic Graphic Novel Live

Stray Lines Comics Collective finely slice the dark side with the precision of lab scientists, and serve it to you on a plate – a feast of deadly thrills. This immersive storytelling event combines music, sound design, projected illustration and live performance in what feels like a combination of theatre, cinema and animation. Featuring the comic artists Debbie Jenkinson, Paddy Lynch, Katherine Foyle, Philip Barrett and Elida Maiques. Age suitability: 12+ (Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult). Event may contain images and language not appropriate for young children. Venue is wheelchair accessible, with some restrictions. Please advise box office staff at time of booking. Email or phone +353 1 518 0599.


The Night of the Shifting Bog

Night of the Shifting Bog is inspired by the landscapes of Stoker’s imagination in his first and only work set in Ireland, The Snake’s Pass. This outdoor, night-time performance, deep in the woods at St. Anne’s Park, Clontarf, is based on a passage set in the boglands of Ireland, depicting a surreal world where bodies soar against the sky and crash, swallowed.


Animation Workshop with Director on Disney’s Vampirina

Visit Brown Bag Films Studio in Smithfield for a fang-tastic vampire-themed workshop in a specially created event for Bram Stoker Festival. Emmy Award winning artist Mårten Jönmark, Director on Disney’s Vampirina TV series, will share the secrets of creating vampire characters inspired by Vampirina. Kids will work together on a giant vampire doodle as well as creating their own individual characters to take home. €6 per child (including €1 ticket booking fee). All children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the workshop. No charge for accompanying adult. Venue is wheelchair accessible.


Life After Stoker: Dracula’s Continued Relevance

Would Bram Stoker recognise what Dracula has become? Since his wife Florence Balcombe waged war on cult film Nosferatu, Dracula’s place in popular culture has been a contested one, with the character playing no small role in spawning the vampire subculture in twentieth-century pop culture. This panel discussion will include audio visual representations of Dracula through the ages, from the big screen to television. Novelist Frankie Gaffney (Trinity College Dublin), Stoker biographer Paul Murray and academic Dara Downey sit down with Donal Fallon (of 'Come Here To Me') to trash out the never-ending saga that is Dracula post-Stoker. Age suitability: 14+ (Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult) Venue is wheelchair accessible, with some restrictions. Please advise box office staff at time of booking. Email or phone +353 1 518 0599.



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    We're filming in @marshslibrary today and looking at a page from Purchas's Pilgrimes about Transylvania which their records show Stoker read on Friday 13th 1866. At the time, the library was combatting theft, hence the incredibly detailed records of who was reading what and when!

Bram Stoker Festival 2018

26 - 29 October, Dublin, Ireland