The 2021 Bloomsday Festival

The Premiere of I Said Yes: A Celebration of Bloomsday at The Rosenbach

Wednesday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Every year, the world celebrates Bloomsday on June 16, the day that James Joyce’s epic Ulysses is set in 1904. This season, in place of our annual festival on Delancey Place, we’re commemorating the date with the premiere of I Said Yes: A Celebration of Bloomsday at The Rosenbach, a new film production. The film captures the celebration of Bloomsday and the significance of Joyce’s groundbreaking work. Through interviews, commentary, music, readings, and much more, I Said Yes: A Celebration of Bloomsday at The Rosenbach reflects on the literary legacy of Ulysses and The Rosenbach’s place in its history.

I Said Yes: A Celebration of Bloomsday at The Rosenbach premieres on Wednesday, June 16, 7:00 p.m. EST (90 minutes).
Watch on this page or facebook.com/rosenbachmuseum.


A Month of Virtual Programs and Exclusive Events at The Rosenbach

In addition to the premiere of the new film, The Rosenbach is holding a series of free virtual programs and exclusive in-person events throughout the month of June. All in-person events will adhere to the City of Philadelphia’s regulations.

Rosenbacchanal 2021: Siren’s Garden Party
Tuesday, June 1 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. In-person event.

Guests are invited to spend an evening in The Rosenbach’s Garden for specialty cocktails and tasty hors d’oeuvres while enjoying a performance from Xavier Foley, a critically-acclaimed double bassist and a Laureate of Astral Artists. Tickets are included with all Rosenbacchanal sponsorship levels or may be purchased separately. Availability is limited to maintain safe capacity. Learn more.

Written In My Heart: James Joyce & Irish Authors | Virtual Behind the Bookcase Tour
Thursday, June 3 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. FREE virtual program.

The spirit of Ireland has inspired storytellers like James Joyce, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, and many others for centuries. The influence of these authors continues to be felt far beyond Ireland’s rugged shores and The Rosenbach is home to a vast collection of their works. Learn more.

Rosenbacchanal 2021: Young Friends Party
Tuesday, June 8 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. In-person event.

Calling all young bibliophiles! Literary enthusiasts under 40 are invited to a special event in the garden. The Young Friends of The Rosenbach, a new committee, will make their debut at this cocktail party with a special up-close viewing of the Ulysses manuscript from our collection. Learn moreInterested in joining the Young Friends of The Rosenbach to develop future events like this one? Contact Bethany Chisholm at [email protected]

The Will to Forget: Memory, the Nation, and Ulysses | In Conversation with Vincent Cheng
Wednesday, June 9 from 7:00–8:00 p.m. FREE virtual program.

The subject of memory is notable in contemporary studies of culture but the desirability or usefulness of forgetting is often overlooked. Vincent Cheng, author of Amnesia and the Nation: History, Forgetting, and James Joyce, considers the subject in terms of a nation’s collective memory and Joyce’s treatment of these issues in UlyssesLearn more.

The Spirit of Bloom Cocktail Mixing Workshop with Art in the Age
Saturday, June 12 in three sessions at 4:00, 5:30, and 7:00 p.m. In-person event.

Join us in The Rosenbach’s Garden to mix your own cocktail inspired by James Joyce’s Ulysses. A mixologist from Art in the Age will walk us through the fundamentals of creating a special Bloomsday cocktail using a bottle of Tamworth Garden Gin that you’ll take home with you. Registration includes access to view Joyce’s manuscript of Ulysses in The Rosenbach’s collection. To maintain safe social distancing, space is limited in each one-hour workshop time slot. Register.

Rosenbacchanal 2021: A Celebration to Support Bloomsday
Wednesday, June 16 from 6:00–9:00 p.m. In-person event.

The Rosenbacchanal is The Rosenbach’s annual, signature fundraiser. This year, we’re celebrating on Bloomsday with a special outdoor dinner on Delancey Place and an exclusive viewing of I Said Yes: A Celebration of Bloomsday at The Rosenbach. Tickets are included with all sponsorship levels or may be purchased separately. Availability is limited to maintain safe capacity and all events will adhere to the City of Philadelphia’s regulations. Learn more.

Love’s Old Sweet Song: The Music of James Joyce | Virtual Behind the Bookcase Tour
Thursday, June 24 from 6:00–7:00 p.m. FREE virtual program.

Readers of Ulysses know that music plays an important role in the novel’s narratives. This special virtual tour will pair Celtic harp performances broadcasted live from The Rosenbach’s historic parlor along with a showcase and discussion of iconic artifacts from our collection. Register.

I Said Yes: A Celebration of Bloomsday at The Rosenbach, all free Bloomsday events, and our Bloomsday cocktail workshop are made possible through a generous grant from The Consulate General of Ireland’s Emigrant Support Programme. Special thanks to Lenore H. Steiner and Perry A. Lerner.

 


 

The Bloomsday Artwork Contest

Calling all emerging Joyceans! As part of our 2021 celebrations, we’re pleased to open the Bloomsday artwork contest for works inspired by James Joyce’s Ulysses. Winners will receive a cash prize and their artwork will be featured as part of this year’s festivities. Learn more.

 


 

The 2020 Bloomsday Festival was celebrated virtually last year due to ongoing health and safety precautions in place of our annual festival on Delancey Place. You can watch the entire virtual festival here.