Virtual Bloomsday Festival and Artwork Contest

Date / Time

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


Bloomsday will be celebrated in a new digital format this year, in place of our annual festival on Delancey Place. Virtual Bloomsday will be streamed here on our website and on our Facebook page. Tune in any time between 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16. New video content will be released every hour and all content will be available to view after the premiere if you aren’t able to tune in live.

The digital day-long marathon of James Joyce’s epic Ulysses will feature readings by familiar personalities, musical performances, and messages from Joyceans around the world. Additionally, The Rosenbach’s experts will share the histories of Bloomsday festivities and Joyce’s manuscript in The Rosenbach’s collection throughout the day.

If you haven’t already, we hope you’ll join the 900+ 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 the spirit of The Rosenbach’s annual Bloomsday festival, and we’re delighted to have you be a part of it.

Bloomsday 2020 is made possible through a generous grant from The Consulate General of Ireland’s Emigrant Support Programme. This project is also supported through the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Federal-State Partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Special thanks to Lenore H. Steiner and Perry A. Lerner and to 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. Submissions are now closed! The winners will be announced on June 16. 

The Bloomsday artwork contest is supported by Lenore H. Steiner and Perry A. Lerner.


Support The Rosenbach

On June 16, thousands of first-time readers and seasoned Joyceans will join together to virtually celebrate Ulysses with The Rosenbach. Support from friends like you allow The Rosenbach to globally offer our virtual Bloomsday at no charge.

Now through the end of June 16, all donors who give above $19.04, in honor of the novel’s publication, will receive a special Bloomsday gift.

$19.04 or more: includes a Bloomsday sticker specially designed by Rob Berry for The Rosenbach

$40.91 or more: includes a Bloomsday sticker and copy of “Ulysses in Hand”

$104.90 or more: includes a Bloomsday sticker, a copy of “Ulysses in Hand,” and a Bloomsday poster

$190.40 or more: includes a Bloomsday sticker, a copy of “Ulysses in Hand”, a Bloomsday poster, and a shout-out thank you at the end of the Bloomsday Festival