To mark Bloomsday 2022 (June 16) and the centenary year of James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and its global network of Embassies and Consulates have collaborated with dozens of partners worldwide to present their largest global Bloomsday celebration to date.

"Hold to the Now," a new short film for Bloomsday, is a collaboration between the DFA and the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) with 35 Irish Embassies and Consulates worldwide.

Filming took place across five continents, from Cairo to Kyiv, Austin to Abuja, Singapore to Santiago, and Berlin to Brasilia. Performers include actors Stephen Fry and Glenn Keogh ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), leading Irish artist Amanda Coogan, and one of the world’s most eminent Joyceans, 94-year-old Dr. Fritz Senn, President of the James Joyce Foundation in Zurich. 

"Hold to the Now," with an original score composed and performed by Cormac Begley, is now available to view here:

Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney, commented: "Our 2022 Bloomsday campaign is a global celebration of Joyce in this centenary year of the publication of ‘Ulysses’, embracing not only literature but film, visual art, performing arts and Irish studies.

"Global Ireland’s continuing innovation in cultural diplomacy connects new audiences worldwide with Irish ideas and creative excellence through the diverse partnerships forged by our diplomatic network."

Irish Embassies and Consulates are also marking Bloomsday 2022 with diverse events in collaboration with local partners. Joycean fans worldwide can enjoy an isiZulu performance of Molly Bloom’s soliloquy in Johannesburg, a Vietnamese version of "Dubliners" in Hanoi, newly commissioned Ulysses murals by acclaimed Irish artist Aideen Barry in Hungary, and by 18 universities across Brazil, a jazz-inflected Joycean song cycle in San Francisco, and much more.

Check out the full range of activities at

To reach new global audiences as part of DFA’s Bloomsday campaign, Irish Embassies and Consulates have also organized a second annual Global Joycean Book Giveaway. Over the Bloomsday period, over 3,500 copies of "Ulysses," "Dubliners," and "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" are being distributed across four continents in 12 languages ranging from Vietnamese, Indonesian and Japanese to Portuguese, Hungarian and Croatian. To deliver this, the DFA's diplomatic network has partnered with national and public libraries, secondary schools, universities, bookshops, literary cafés, and cultural centres, including remote libraries in the Australian outback and street cafés in Indonesia.

In Dublin, the Museum of Literature Ireland is hosting a programme of events throughout Bloomsday on June 16, while the Bloomsday Festival, presented by the James Joyce Centre, embraces an extensive range of programming from June 12-18, including film screenings, art exhibitions, and walking-and-sketching tours of the city. Find out more at,, and

Bloomsday's "Hold to the Now" Performers (in order of location)

  • Abuja: Osasogie Efe Guobadia, actress and Member of the Jos Repertory Theatre
  • Amman: Rayan Almasri, playing the lead role in a Stability Fund funded film project between Cinemagic (Northern Ireland) and Generations For Peace (Jordan)
  • Austin: Brian Taylor, BFA Acting student at University of Texas
  • Belfast: Amanda Coogan, performance artist
  • Berlin: Sarai Cole, opera singer
  • Brasilia: Amanda Pessoa Bandeira, student at University of Brasilia
  • Budapest: Claire Jacobs, actor and member of the Irish community in Hungary
  • Cairo: Farida Abdelaziz, poet and poetry reader
  • Dar es Salaam: Dariah Clemence, Irish Embassy staff
  • Dublin: Nadia Dobryanska, Ukrainian lawyer and human rights activist
  • Dublin: Adam Mohamed, writer, performer, musician, poet and educator
  • Dublin: Prof Regina Uí Chollatáin, Head of School of Irish, UCD
  • Freetown: Salamatu Laggah, Youth Champion of the National Secretariat for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy in Sierra Leone and advocate for persons with disabilities
  • Harare: Chimwemwe Chipidza, actor, musician, and writer
  • Helsinki: Greta Lignell, acting student at Theatre Academy Helsinki
  • Jakarta: Trinity, travel blogger and writer
  • Johannesburg: Hlengiwe Lushaba Madlala, actor
  • Kyiv: Tanya Maksymovich, project manager
  • Lilongwe: Tamanda Kanjaye, writer, poet, senior editor with Africa in Dialogue, lecturer at University of Malawi
  • Lisbon: Inês Lapa Lopes, actress
  • Ljubljana: Gašper Kvartič, actor and academic
  • London: Stephen Fry, actor, broadcaster, comedian, director and writer
  • Los Angeles: Glenn Keogh, actor
  • Luxembourg: Sophie Cotter, Irish/Luxemburgish student
  • Madrid: Sara Cantó, founder of the Bloomsday Society Madrid
  • Manchester: Hannah Donelon, actor, musician, award-winning sean-nós folk singer, and clown
  • Manila: Nicole Mempin, assistant to the Irish Ambassador
  • Mexico: David Alejandro Ramírez Carrera, dancer
  • New York, PMUN: Geraldine Byrne Nason, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations
  • Nicosia: Lily Michailides, poet
  • Ottawa: Rory Woodland, performer
  • San Francisco: Tongo Eisen-Martin, San Francisco’s 8th Poet Laureate and founder of Black Freighter Press
  • Santiago: Emilio Antilef, poet and writer of Mapuche origin
  • Singapore: Malcolm Leoi
  • Sofia: Hristo Tenchev, actor
  • Tartu: Professor Raili Marling, Head of the Department of English Studies at Tartu University
  • Valletta: Dr. Maria Frendo, academic in the Department of English at the University of Malta
  • Washington: Christina Sevilla, Picnic Theatre and Office of the United States Trade Representative
  • Zurich: Dr. Fritz Senn, President of the James Joyce Stiftung, Zurich, and Joycean scholar
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