Bram Stoker Festival schedule unveiled ahead of annual event

by Lina Jans
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The Bram Stoker Festival, one of Dublin’s biggest and most anticipated festivals, this year challenges Dubliners to invite Dracula to their home and enjoy the festival in a fangtastic new way.

Returning from October 30 until November 2, the festival has been curated to offer thrills and chills at home this year, with some in person events also on offer.

The programme of events will illuminate Dublin’s streets for a tour that you can enjoy without fear of crowds. From spooky radio plays in bed to the creation of Macnas dolls at home, the festival is expected to offer numerous adventures that keep little monsters and aged vampires busy over the midterm and on Halloween Weekend.

At this year’s festival, Dubliners will be able to reconnect with their city through the self-guided audio walking tour, DracuHa!, some of Ireland’s most famous writers, humorists and comedians rewarding you with their personal horror stories inspired by Dublin’s fairground streets. 

The Bram Stoker Festival will once again team up with Macnas, who will bring their magic straight into your home as part of the festivities this year, in a series of videos to be released throughout the October midterm.

Speaking about the festival, Lord Mayor Hazel Chu said: “In these challenging times we are in, Dublin City Council is delighted to celebrate Dublin author Bram Stoker and his famous novel ‘Dracula’ this Halloween weekend.

“The Bram Stoker Festival showcases Dublin’s cultural and creative side through a diverse programme of events suitable for all ages. Given the current guidelines, this year you can participate from the comfort of your own home and get involved through our online/virtual programme of events.

“Dubliners can also take part in the audio walking tour of the city, which includes key locations in the city centre”.

Co-Director of the festival Tom Lawlor commented: “We also want people to be able to enjoy the city safely, so we are delighted to give people the opportunity to wander the streets with DracuHa!, an audio tour that will take you through the city and surprise and delight you with specially commissioned projections and animations on some of our landmarks“.

Co-Director, Maria Schweppe, said: “In a year when many events have been postponed or cancelled, we are delighted to present a programme for the Bram Stoker Festival that brings adventure into people’s homes.”

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