125th Anniversary of Bram Stoker’s Dracula Celebrated in Dublin October 28-31

by Dave Parfitt

After a two year break due to the global pandemic, Dublin’s Bram Stoker Festival returns in time for the 125th anniversary of his most famous book “Dracula”. The Bram Stoker Festival takes place October 28-31, 2022, to celebrate the life and legacy of one of Ireland’s most famous and iconic writers. Past festivals have taken over Dublin’s cathedrals, parks, and squares to celebrate Count Dracula and his creator in a weekend of ghastly thrills, spine-chilling spectacles, and fun-filled frights.

Macnas Parade in Dublin
Macnas Parade in Dublin during Bram Stoker Festival,
Photo courtesy of Tourism Ireland

A highlight of this year’s Bram Stoker Festival is a Northern Lights Borealis light and sound spectacular at the Dublin Castle. Borealis is an immersive experience that brings an aurora borealis to cities that would never typically get this natural phenomenon. This free event takes place each night of the festival from 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Dracula fans are encouraged to dress up to watch film screenings, discuss the novel, and stroll through the city on a walking tour of Dublin buildings that inspired the author. Notable Dublin sites include the architecturally imposing Trinity College Dublin, which Stoker attended, Marsh’s Library, the oldest public library in Ireland, Dublin Castle, with its spectacular gothic Chapel Royal, and St. Michan’s Church, which houses mummified remains in its vaults.

Dublin Castle
Bram Stoker worked inside Dublin Castle from 1868-1878
Photo by Dave Parfitt

Theatre, art, music, drama, comedy, talks, walks, and even vampire feasting will all play a part in creating a fabulous festival packed with activities for young and old.

Among the events that the Bram Stoker Festival has presented over the years are major outdoor spectacles and installations; intimate experiences on hallowed grounds; award-winning theatre productions; an outdoor circus at night; and elaborate banquets in sacred crypts.

Bram Stoker Festival
Night Watch by the Lantern Company, a water based installation for Bram Stoker Festival 2019
Photo by Tourism Ireland

Prior the festival, fans can get into the undead spirit of Dracula via the Bram Stoker Festival at Home Treats, a curated collection of podcasts, videos, and audio content about Stoker, vampires, and their influence on modern culture.

Additional details of the full festival program will be announced on October 4, 2022.


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1 comment

ALin Todea October 4, 2022 - 9:27 am

Yeah Stoker’s Dracula is good business for Ireland and for Transylvania


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