The Bram Stoker festival will take place this weekend from Friday the 28th to the 30th October, hosting plenty of day and night events throughout the Halloween bank holiday weekend. The festival is paying tribute to writer Bram Stoker who wrote the internationally recognised novel Dracula, which was published in 1897. Stoker born down in Clontarf in 1847.

Friday, October 28th:

The Lighthouse Cinema will screen horror movies from the thirties throughout the weekend. Listings including The Mummy, Bride of Frankenstein, and of course – Dracula. Tickets are from €6-€8.

The Bleedin Deadly show will play twice a night over the weekend in the Pillar Room of the Rotunda Hospital, and is strictly over 18s. A packed program full of varied talents and freaky displays, you will see the likes of the world’s most pierced woman and a snake charmer. Full price tickets €25.

The Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin are putting on a special show, ‘Nightmare Plants’ from the 28th-29th October. Set after dark in the garden’s victorian glass domes the evening will explore the dark side of plant life; hearing talks on venom and seduction. The event will also feature a dramatic performance depicting an old plant hunter, played by from Michelle McMahon. Tickets €10.

‘Behind the Dark’ will be an evening of aerial, acrobatics and dance all performed in the woods of St Annes Park Clontarf. Tickets just €15 for a surreal experience.

Saturday, October 29th

St Patricks Park out in Sandyford will become the base for ‘Stokerland’, a Victorian style theme park that will run throughout the day for the weekend.

‘Tales from the Shadows’ a gothic puppet show will run for the day in one of Bram Stoker’s favourite spots, Marsh’s library by St.Patrick’s Cathedral. Expect ghoulish plots and lots of fun.

The National concert hall will present a live screening of the film Dracula. But the movie score will be played live by the Orchestra. For one night only beginning at 8pm, tickets €27.

Sunday, October 30th

The Horror Expo will take place on the grounds of the Freemasons Hall from 14:00-2:00. It will feature all things horror in talks, readings literature and art and will end with a candlelit screening of silent film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, with live music. Tickets on sale for €42.43

The Liquor room will present The Poetry Brothel, a night of poetry with an embellishment of jazz musicians, body painters, Burlesque dancers and magicians thrown into the mix as well. Tickets are just €20, a steal for a night full of entertainment and something a little bit different .

Monday, October 31st

Macnas will present a Samhain parade through Henry Street at 7;30 on the Monday. Macnas are known for their vibrant parades, and this promises to be just as spectacular with its eerie edge is you happen to be passing through town.


Holly Lloyd  |  Arts &  Events