Virtual Bloomsday Festival and Artwork Contest

Date / Time

  • June 16, 2020
    11:00 am - 8:00 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States

As we all strive to limit the impacts of COVID-19, we will be celebrating Bloomsday 2020 in a new way this year in place of our annual festival on Delancey Place. With the unique set of circumstances and challenges presented to us all over the last few months, we took the opportunity to begin observing our favorite literary holiday a bit early this year.

In mid-April we kicked off Ulysses Every Day, a community-led reading challenge to inspire new readers and literature enthusiasts alike to finish James Joyce’s masterpiece ahead of Bloomsday on June 16, the date that Ulysses is set in 1904. If you haven’t already, we hope you’ll join the 800+ group members who have been following daily videos submitted by readers from around the world. Find Ulysses Every Day on our website and Facebook group. This virtual crowd of literature lovers has captured so much of same spirit of The Rosenbach’s annual Bloomsday festival, and we’re delighted to have you be a part of it.

We have some surprises and special content in store for Bloomsday, so be sure to tune in throughout the day on Tuesday, June 16. Find us on our website and on social media as we celebrate Bloomsday 2020 in a new digital format. Stay tuned as more details will be announced in the coming weeks!

Special thanks to the Consulate General of Ireland, Lenni Steiner and Perry Lerner, and the South Jersey Celtic Society.


Bloomsday Artwork Contest

As part of Bloomsday 2020, The Rosenbach is sponsoring a contest for artwork inspired by James Joyce’s Ulysses. Contest winners will receive a cash prize and their artwork will be featured as part of The Rosenbach’s virtual Bloomsday.

  • We welcome submissions from anyone 18 years and older.
  • Art can be any form of 2-D media.
  • Your entry should be submitted via email to [email protected].
  • Art should be submitted as a high resolution image (e.g. minimum of 2400 pixels by 2400 pixels), under 5 megabytes and in .jpg format.
  • All submissions must be received by June 5, 2020.
  • Contest winners will be selected by June 8.
  • A $300 cash prize will be awarded to the first place winner and $200 to the second place winner.

The Bloomsday artwork contest is supported by Lenni Steiner and Perry Lerner.