Dublin goes gloriously gothic for Bram Stoker Festival

Bram Stoker Festival Dublin City October Bank Holiday
Bram Stoker Festival 2017 presents the world premiere of Whitby, the much anticipated new show from internationally renowned dance artist Colin Dunne and theatre-maker Joan Sheehy, taking place in the hauntingly evocative Smock Alley’s Boys School from October 27th to 30th. Photo: Allen Kiely

Bram Stoker Festival 2017 Reveals First Events

Bram Stoker Festival has announced its return to the Capital City this October Bank Holiday weekend.

A Dublin City Council and Fáilte Ireland initiative, the festival promises to summon the supernatural as it playfully celebrates the gothic, the mysterious, the after-dark and the thrill of late October as Ireland approaches Halloween and Samhain.

Inspired by the legacy of Dublin-born Gothic writer Bram Stoker and his illustrious novel Dracula, Dublin city will get gloriously gothic this October 27th–30th.

Those looking for a chilling theatrical experience will get their thrills at Whitby in the hauntingly evocative Smock Alley’s Boys School, the world premiere and much anticipated new show from internationally renowned dance artist Colin Dunne and theatre-maker Joan Sheehy.

This multi-layered performance piece reimagines the power of Stoker’s gothic masterpiece by focusing on a relatively unknown section of the novel where the ship, the Demeter, brings Dracula from Romania to the port of Whitby.

Fans of classic horror and the culturally curious have the chance to catch a rare screening of 1932 French-German horror movie, Vampyr, in the spectacularly gothic surrounds of St Patrick’s Cathedral on October 27th. Directed by Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer, it is based on elements of fellow Dublin gothic author J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s collection of supernatural stories In a Glass Darkly.

Bram Stoker Festival Dublin City October Bank Holiday

Internationally renowned composer Matthew Nolan has created a deathly new score for this cult favourite which he will perform live on the night alongside leading musicians David Kitt, Margie Lewis, Sean Mac Elaine, and Erik Friedlander.

Thrill-seekers looking for some devilish fun should come along to Turning Vampire in Vicar Street on October 29th for a serious night of music, giggles and ghouls.

This hi-octane night of songs and collaborations, celebrating all your favourite music from the best known horror movies, brings together some of Ireland’s most talented musicians.

Playing alongside The Flux Capacitators, the Turning Pirate house band, will be Lisa Hannigan, Adam Matthews and Niamh Farrell of Hamsandwich fame, with many more to be added to the line-up.

Very proud

Speaking about the return of Bram Stoker Festival for 2017, Declan Wallace, Dublin City Council Assistant Chief Executive, said: “We at Dublin City Council are very proud of the ever growing popularity of this festival which celebrates one of our City’s most famous literary greats.

“I hope that more Dubliners than ever come out this year to enjoy the many events which make up this wonderful celebration”.

Keelin Fagan, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Dublin, said: “This year’s Bram Stoker Festival is an important addition to the Dublin events calendar – it not only gives visitors access to the creative and unexpected experiences available in unique Dublin venues, it also gives them another reason to choose Ireland outside of the busy summer months.

“This October Bank Holiday weekend, Dublin’s dark side is set to come alive through a gloriously gothic programme of events, and we are looking forward to showcasing this side of the city to our visitors.”

Tom Lawlor Festival Director, said: “Bram Stoker Festival is the perfect opportunity for Dubliners and visitors to the city to enjoy a little of Dublin’s darker side. We’re thrilled to present these three spooktacular events which include a world premiere from one of Ireland’s most renowned dance artists, Colin Dunne of Riverdance fame, and can’t wait to unveil the rest of our packed programme in September.”

Bram Stoker Festival Dublin City October Bank Holiday
Bram Stoker Festival 2017 presents the world premiere of Whitby, the much anticipated new show from internationally renowned dance artist Colin Dunne and theatre-maker Joan Sheehy, taking place in the hauntingly evocative Smock Alley’s Boys School from October 27th to 30th. Photo: Allen Kiely

By day, the Bram Stoker Festival programme presents gothic intrigue at family-friendly events, talks and interactive experiences.

At night, the city will embrace the darkness as a host of venues deliver deadly adventures for festival goers in search of macabre thrills and late-night parties.

The festival programme will include theatre, spectacle, visual arts and music in haunting locations across the city celebrating Dublin’s gothic and supernatural traditions, the city itself and gothic architecture, and links to Samhain festival.

Whitby
http://www.bramstokerfestival.com/event/whitby/
The Boys School, Smock Alley Theatre, 6-7 Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin 8
October 27th – 30th
Previews October 25th & 26th
Tickets: €12 – €15

Vampyr
http://www.bramstokerfestival.com/event/vampyr/
St Patrick’s Cathedral, St Patrick’s Close, Wood Quay, Dublin 8
October 27th
Tickets: €20

Turning Vampire
http://www.bramstokerfestival.com/event/turning-vampire-mixtape/
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, The Liberties, Dublin 8
October 29th
Tickets: €28

For tickets to Bram Stoker Festival events, sink your teeth into www.bramstokerfestival.com


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