Bram Stoker Festival 2014

Posted by Neil Hand on the 20th of October 2014 at 12:59:42

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Count Dracula is not someone you would generally associate with Ireland, is he? But you really should, considering his creator Bram Stoker is a Dubliner.

The story of Dracula has become one of the most enduring cultural phenomena of modern times, with Dracula now a by-word for Vampire.

It all began with a student of Mathematics at Dublin’s Trinity College, who aspired to be a writer. Stoker was born in Clontarf on the north-side of Dublin in 1847. Dracula was published in 1897, when Stoker was living in London, where he spent the latter half of his life. It would go on to be considered a literary classic and continues to send out cultural shockwaves to this day.

Celebrating Stoker, Dracula and all things spooky is Dublin’s Bram Stoker Festival 2014, which runs from the 24th to the 27th of October. The official site of the festival describes it better than I can: ‘Whether you’re a resident vampire or visiting from further afield, the Bram Stoker Festival 2014 has something for everyone in itsgothically inspiredprogramme of events!’

The festival kicks off on the 24th of October and will run right the way through the long-weekend, finishing on Monday the 27th. A celebration not only of Stoker’s cultural impact and influence, but also of all things gothic, you won’t regret a trip to Dublin to experience one or many of the fantastic events taking place.

Highlights of the festival I’ve picked out include:

The first event of the festival is ‘Alfie Byrne’s Festival Club’ hosting the Bram Stoker Festival Club at the Conrad Dublin Hotel. Guests will be treated to ‘Bloodcurdling Bram Stoker Cocktails’, craft beers and snacks, all with a spooky twist. Entry is free, no booking required. Attend at your peril! ;) When: Friday 24th October, 8pm – 12.30am.

For a more studious and thought-provoking event, why not try ‘BLOOD’ at The Science Gallery, Trinity College. This event looks at stories around blood, from medical, to scientific, to macabre (of course). Again, it’s free, no booking required. When: From Friday 24th Oct – Tue-Fri 12pm – 8pm, Sat-Sun 12pm – 6pm.

Music plays a big part in goth culture, and can often highlight the outstanding creativity in the field, as well as the lighter, fun side. Check out Goth Karaoke at Meeting House Square, Temple Bar during the festival and become your favourite goth artist for one song only (maybe more if you’re any good). Normal karaoke fodder is replaced by songs from The Cure, Siouxie & the Banshees & The Damned. Get your hairspray out, your black threads on and get down. When: Sunday 26th October, 4pm – 5.30pm

Movies, of course, have been huge in growing and maintaining a thriving horror scene worldwide. Vampires, Dracula and all things creepy would probably not be something everyone was familiar with if it weren’t for the visual representations of them down the years on the silver-screen. Celebrating this heritage is the IFI Horrorthon, running from 23rd – 27th October. Dozens of horror movies, both old and new, will be screened. For fans of the genre, this is a must-attend event. The Irish Film Institute (IFI) is located in Temple Bar. Admission €9.20 - €10.20 (festival passes available, over 18s only).

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