The Bram Stoker Festival 2014 – Awakening Dublin’s gothic heart

This October Dublin City will ‘go gothic’ for the third annual Bram Stoker Festival, running Friday 24th through to Monday 27th October 2014.

A Dublin City Council initiative, the festival takes the legacy of Dublin horror novelist Bram Stoker and his gothic novel Dracula as inspiration. The festival incorporates a range of events from large-scale spectacles including a gothic ball, to intimate performances in unusual spaces and a whole range of film and literary events to whet the appetites of all. This year the festival intends to infiltrate the very crevices of the city, awakening the dormant gothic that sleeps in the heart of Dublin.

Bram Stoker FestivalRay Yeates, Dublin City Arts officer said of plans for the 2014 festival, “We’re looking forward to channeling Dublin’s darker side for the Bram Stoker Festival 2014. It’s going to be a fantastic and unexpected bank holiday weekend full of gothic horror. What’s particularly wonderful about Bram Stoker’s Dracula is the fact that he can be attractive, enigmatic, terrifying and abhorrent all at the same time, which is a really shocking blend of characteristics that we can’t wait to bring to life on the streets of Dublin.

John Concannon, Director of Market Development at Fáilte Ireland said of the festival, “Fáilte Ireland is delighted to support the Bram Stoker Festival, a uniquely Dublin event which showcases our Bram Stoker legacy and the global ‘Dracula’ brand within a highly interactive programme. This year’s programme is perfectly positioned to lure overseas visitors to the home of Bram Stoker to be thoroughly enchanted by the curiosities of his surprising city”.Bram Stoker

Big House Productions said of the programming plans, “The focus of this year’s festival is to bring the activities out into the public domain and to present events that will appeal to those wanting to get their inner Goth on, as well as aficionados of the work of Bram Stoker himself.  Our aim is to (re)animate the city for a final supernatural party before the winter darkness descends.”

Bram Stoker Festival 2014 is brought to you by Dublin City Council in partnership with Fáilte Ireland. Bram Stoker Festival 2014 is supported by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dublin City Business Improvement District, Temple Bar Cultural Trust, Dublin Castle, Office of Public Works, Dublin Festival Season, 98fm, Dublin Bus, LUAS and