Bloomsday at The Rosenbach

Thanks to all of our friends, supporters, and neighbors who joined us for Bloomsday 2019! You can relive the action with the live-streamed recordings and photos below. Free programs like Bloomsday are made possible with the generosity of our supporters, friends, and neighbors. Click here to make a donation in support of our programming. Stay tuned for details coming soon about Bloomsday 2020!

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Photos by Ryan Brandenberg Photography


Bloomsday 2019 live-stream


About Bloomsday 2019

Bloomsday is the day the world celebrates Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey through the streets of Dublin, as imagined in James Joyce’s epic Ulysses. Lauded as the greatest novel of all time, Ulysses has been called everything from masterfully moving to hilariously obscene. The Rosenbach’s rollicking day-long reading of Ulysses will feature literati, artists, public figures, and familiar personalities along with musical performances that will bring the book to life. See the 2019 Bloomsday readers list here and a Ulysses Plot Summary here.

Bloomsday is free and open to everyone. Joyce enthusiasts and novices alike can drop by any time during the day to listen to the reading, relax in our Bloomsday Beer Garden with local food trucks, and enjoy free admission to The Rosenbach.

Special thanks to the Free Library of Philadelphia, The Rosenbach’s formal partner, and our Bloomsday sponsors: Consulate General of Ireland; Lenni Steiner and Perry Lerner; Brandywine Realty Trust; Irish American Business Chamber & Network; Villanova Center for Irish Studies; Alix Gerz and George Matysik; South Jersey Celtic Society.

Additional thanks to our on-site Bloomsday vendors: Grey Lodge Public House, Authentik Byrek, Wok Works, and The Icery. 

Additional thanks to our Bloomsday community partners: Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center; Eastern State Penitentiary; Inis Nua Theatre Company; Irish American Business Chamber & Network; Irish Immigration Center of Philadelphia; The Library Company of Philadelphia; Museum of the American Revolution and Bloomsday silent auction partners: Honeygrow; Inis Nua Theatre; The Library Company of Philadelphia; Literature Lodge; Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia Eagles; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Revivalist Spirits; Rob Berry; The Rosenbach Board of Directors; Tria Rittenhouse; Uncommon Green; Urban Axes; Museum of the American Revolution.