The Bram Stoker festival continues to grow and grow, and this year there’s even more events aimed at all age groups, and gives you a chance to unleash your inner Goth! I’m not sure quite what Bram has to do with Goths, but maybe he was a Cure head in his day. You can find full details on the Bram Stoker Festival website here.
Our top tips are the Shapeshifter’s Ball and a variety of Scary Movies in Meeting house Square, but Macnas should be fun also. Many of the events are free, so book early.
Bram Stoker Festival 2014 – Vampires Launch Gothic Festival – Macnas, a VampWire and an Underground Train Journey Revealed – Awakening Dublin’s Gothic Heart
The Bram Stoker Festival, running Friday 24th through to Monday 27th October, has added three highlight events to their programme including; a Macnas procession, a VampWire over the city and An underground train journey through a tunnel that many thought mythical.
This year the festival will infiltrate the very crevices of the city, awakening the dormant gothic that sleeps in the heart of Dublin and painting the city red with the legacy of Bram Stoker.
Macnas will present The Summoning, an unforgettable street spectacle through Dublin’s city streets. The mercurial tailors with a glee for stitching laughter to darkness; will summon monsters and marvels from drains, lanes and street corners. World famous, Macnas energise audiences with interactive performances at festivals and celebrations around the globe, bringing stunning large-scale images and brilliant chaos to the streets of the world. Macnas are ambitious, contemporary and utterly unpredictable.
Underground Gothic will take guests on an unforgettable journey through the almost mythical Irish Rail train tunnel deep under the Phoenix Park to discover the dark side of Dublin’s underground. With music by acclaimed composer Tom Lane and directed by Maeve Stone this unique performance will rattle under the city for one night only combining, sound, movement and chilling performances.
The VampWire will see vampires young and old take to the skies in Dublin’s first ever free city centre zip-wire. The VampWire is a real and slightly scary opportunity to make like a bat and zip over the city. Golden tickets for this event will be allocated by ballot.
These three events are in addition to an already packed programme, revealed last week including; the ethereal Shapeshifter’s Ball from party masters Body&Soul at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, presented in association with the Bram Stoker Festival and the Irish première of The Curse of Styria featuring Stephen Rea – a secretive, sexy and sinister film based on Le Fanu’s Carmilla.
There is a festival treat for Stoker aficionados of all ages, in five key strands; Children of the Night, Street Treats, Deadly Words, Dark Energy and Sinister Screenings.
A number of Sinister Screenings chosen by film curator Maeve McGrath are sure to entice latent Goths out of hiding with a range of exciting, rare and frightening silver screen classics. Screening at Meeting House Square are; eighties cult classic The Lost Boys, spreading their unforgettable mantra, “Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire” and for Gothic music fans, The Cure in Orange, a little seen recording of an outdoor concert filmed in 1986. The festival will also host the Irish première of Beautiful Noise, the first-ever documentary about one of the most influential, underground music movements of the 20th century with special guest appearances from musical icons and, at Christchurch cathedral, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari with live music by 3epkano. In addition John Cocteau masterpieces La Belle et La Béte, a much-loved gothic fairytale and Orpheé, a magical retelling of the Orpheus myth will have special screenings at the Brookes Hotel cinema, and the annual IFI Horrorthon will be screening a gory array of shocking films from Ireland and abroad.
The full programme of events can be seen at www.bramstokerfestival.com