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Bram Stoker Fest 2018

By Visit Dublin

14th September 2018

With Dublin's Bram Stoker Festival just around the corner, we’ve assembled our pick of the amazing free and ticketed events taking place for families and adults. Sort your weekend activities to pack the maximum amount of spooky entertainment into your Halloween in Dublin.

Macnas Parade

Highlights for families include the incredible Macnas Parade, now an annual festival staple; attracting thousands of people to Dublin 1, it's a night-time parade that transforms the city. Macnas, world-renowned pioneers of imagination and invention, will electrify the streets of Dublin 1 with their haunting and thrilling procession.

31 October 

NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century

In NYsferatu, the stunning NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century by Andrea Mastrovito will be screened, accompanied by a live score by internationally celebrated composer Matthew Nolan, in St. Anne’s Church, Dawson St (the very church where Bram Stoker got married). The hand-animated, silent film combines image and music to create a powerful and poignant statement about the horrors of the unknown and the inspiring search for liberty — a treat for fans of cinema and live music.

26 October 7pm & 9pm

Children enjoying a scary moment at the Bram Stoker Festival


A firm family favourite, Stokerland will once again take over St. Patrick’s Park for two days of Victorian fun. With one of Dublin’s most stunning cathedrals as a ghoulish backdrop, this Gothic gathering of fun and games will present the macabre talents of world class street-performers alongside rides and attractions to ensure a fangtastic time for all.

27 & 28 October 11am – 4.30pm


SLICE: The Gothic Graphic Novel Live

If you are a fan of horror and comic books, the Bram Stoker Festival has a treat without a trick in sight. With thanks to Stray Line Comics Collective, the SLICE: The Gothic Graphic Novel Live event is your chance to dive in to the darker side of comics. With music, live performances and of course comics, this is will be a spooktacular way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Over 12’s only and under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.

27 October 1 pm

Bram: Audio Ghost Tour

Are you brave enough to download the Bram: Audio Ghost Tour to your phone for €5.80, put on your headphones and wander the eerie streets of Dublin as you listen to the terrifying tale brought to you by the Bram Stoker Festival? Immerse yourself in the horror if you dare!

1 October to 31 December

Children being spooked by shadows at the Bram Stoker Festival

The Horrors in the Black Church

In Dublin Castle’s hauntingly beautiful Chapel Royal, catch a terrifying theatrical treat: The Horrors in the Black Church, a seventy-minute combination of three short horror plays within one show. Performed by a cast of three, it's directed by Anna Shiels McNamee, and written by Peter Dunne, Lauren Shannon Jones and Stuart Roche.

Browse the Bram Stoker Festival website for further event updates and venue information.
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