Bloomsday Latvia 2020

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June 16, 1904, is the day in Dublin for all the action described in James Joyce’s novel “Ulysses”. June 16th is celebrated as ‘Bloomsday’ in the Irish capital – Dublin, and not only there. Major admirers of Joyce’s talent take to the streets on this date, many dressed in Edwardian clothes, playing scenes from the novel in the appropriate parts of the city.

On June 16, 2020, we are organizing a conference in Latvia – in memory of James Joyce and his “Ulysses”, and a variation on the Bloomsday festive procession in the streets of our capital, Riga. The venue of the conference will be The House of Science – the academic centre of the University of Latvia.


After the conference we meet for a Bloomsday’s walk from The National Library to “Paddy Wheelan’s” Irish pub [map] guided by Mike Collier, with brief readings from “Ulysses” (in English!).

In the courtyard of the pub we will be entertained by Latvian Irish dances and music.

(dominant working language: Latvian)

16:15 Gathering and registration of participants
16:30 Introduction from the author of the initiative
– Hon. Doctor of Science (Latvian Academy of Sciences), Member of Latvian Parliament (Saeima) Atis Lejiņš
16:40 Bloomsday’s traditions in all the world
– Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ireland to Latvia H. E. Jim Hennessy
17:00 What is “Ulysses”? The author’s inspiration and work
– UL Director of the Baltic Philology program, prof. Ojārs Lāms
17:20 Personal impressions of reading “Ulysses” during the Soviet occupation and the influence of the work on Latvian language and literature
– writer, winner of the A. Upītis’ prize and Hon. Member of Latvian Academy of Sciences Alberts Bels
17:40 Latvian translation history of “Ulysses”
– literary editor, proofreader Arturs Hansons
18:00 Memories of Dzintars Sodums
– writer, author of the novel about Dz. Sodums, “The Man in a Blue Raincoat”, Nora Ikstena
18:15 Panel discussion on possibility of a new “Ulysses” translation
– linguist, translator, Full member of Latvian Academy of Sciences, Professor at the UL Faculty of Humanities Andrejs Veisbergs
– lecturer at the Department of English Studies at UL Faculty of Humanities Lauma Terēze Lapa
– poet, literature researcher Krista Anna Belševica
19:00 Musical performance – Irish and Latvian songs
– ethno-musicologist, composer, Doctor of Arts at UL, professor Valdis Muktupāvels and musician, Rector of the Latvian Academy of Culture, professor Rūta Muktupāvela
19:10 Final words from the organizer, Atis Lejiņš and invitation to join to the next part of the event
19:20 Bloomsday walk in Riga (in English) – with brief readings from “Ulysses” in suitable locations
– journalist, writer and Latvian Public Media English service editor Mike Collier
(information about the walking route)
20:30 The unofficial part of the event at PADDY WHELAN’S Irish pub (Old Riga, Grēcinieku Street 4) where debate can continue – with the participation of the Irish dance studio CEILI RUE.

Please send your registration e-mail to

June 16 2020


Date: 16 June, 2020
Time: 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost: free of charge
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