It’s almost that ghoulin’ time of the year again and as has now become customary, Bram Stoker Festival is descending upon the streets of Dublin. As part of the Bram Stoker Festival, there will be lots of different festivities taking place across the city. Some of the events will be fun for all the family, even those who are only kids at heart. But, some of the events are only for those 18 and above. will you be brave enough to step beyond the threshold and into the darkness?
For the kids there are lots of spooky, but fiendishly fun options throughout the festival:
Stokerland is a 2 day victorian themed pop-up fun park that will take over the entirety of St Patrick’s Park with the ominous but beautiful silhouette of Patrick’s Cathedral looming over the festivities. There will be a vintage photo booth, face painting (no age restrictions), street performers, food stands and much, much more across the weekend. Entry is completely free, but some activities may require a fee. Oct 29-30th 11:00-16:30
Monsters @ Light House will introduce you and your kids to the monsters that kept the youth of the ’30s and 50’s jumping at shadows. The Light House as part of the Bram Stoker Festival will be showing a number of classic horror movies across the weekend. These classics include 1954’s “Creature from the Black Lagoon” in 3D and “The Wolfman” from 1941. Tickets start at 6.50. Schedule available at www.lighthousecinema.ie
For the grown ups among you, there are plenty to make you go bump in the night:
Bleedin’ Deadly will be infesting the Pillar Rooms at the Rotunda for the 4 nights of the festival. Bleedin’ Deadly is a victorian themed freak show that will entertain you and disgust you in equal measures. The show will present talents from home & abroad. ‘The Space Cowboy‘ hails from Australia, he holds 44 world records, including the most swords swallowed at once. Kitty Le Roux lives in Greystones and combines her snake charming with her burlesque talents to wow & amaze you. Tickets from €25. 2 shows Friday to Sunday, 1 Show Monday.
Dracula Live: Screening with Live Score will be taking place in the Nation Concert hall. The 1931 cinematic version of ‘Dracula’ will be screened in the NCH with the world premiere of the brand new score written and performed live by Seán Mac Erlaine, Sharon Phelan, Matthew Nolan and Eivind Aarset. See Bela Lugosi in one of his most iconic roles live on the silver screen.
Now for one of the biggest events to come to the Bram Stoker Festival, and back for another successful year.
Macnas Parade – Sleep no More
This year, Macnas are returning to the streets of Dublin, but this time they have created a wholly original piece just for Halloween and the Bram Stoker Festival 2016. “Sleep No More is a restless ballad, a deliriously dark and delicious waltz between love and loss. Hundreds of colourful Macnas volunteer performers will transform and transfix, bringing a birth, a wedding, a funeral and everything in between, to the streets of Dublin.” The parade will take to the streets as the sun begins to set on Monday 31st October, this year it starts on Moore street, heading down Henry & Moore street, turns onto Wolfe Tone street, then onto Little Britain street finishing in a small park off Halston street. If you want to get the best view in the house, take up position along the route, so you can experience the parade in all it’s glory. Check out the map below, to plot your viewing experience. Parade starts at 5:30pm and will last approximately 1hr 15mins.