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Bram Stoker Fest 2019

By Visit Dublin

1st September 2019

The Bram Stoker Festival offers four days and nights of deadly adventures for people of all ages to sink their fangs into, from classic horror movies to a modern radio Dracula. So, which ones will you attend? Here’s our pick of the bunch…


Wolfe Tone Square, 23 Jervis Street, Dublin 1
Fri 25 Oct – Mon 28 Oct 

If you like being scared senseless then this may just be the event for you. Séance is an immersive experience in a shipping container that explores the psychology of a group of people being bombarded with suggestible material. Twenty visitors at a time will sit in complete darkness whilst being surrounded by various visual effects, 360-degree sound and intense evolving narratives. Spooky to say the least!

Night watch

Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2
Fri 25 – Mon 28 Oct

This all-day free event is an outdoor spectacle like no other. It’s an “atmospheric and darkly theatrical” installation that’s best seen after dark for maximum effect. “Swathed in fog and foreboding lights, a sinewy forest of reflections shifts and sways on the water, while watching eyes blink and turn in the wind. Lurking further out in darker waters, a ghostly fragmented ship hovers, moored with unknown intent…” Are you brave enough?


The Lost Boys

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Sun 27 Oct, 8.00 – 10.00pm

Spooky film favourite The Lost Boys will be screened outdoors at Meeting House Square on Sunday. This bratty 1980s teen movie is a mix of attitude, punk, gore and great haircuts. Expect comic relief at just the right times from the Coreys – Corey Haim and Corey Feldman. The tagline for the thriller is worth remembering: “Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire”.

Sounds of Wood on Muscle: A Modern Radio Dracula

St. Ann’s Church, Dawson St, Dublin 2
Fri 25 Oct, 9.00pm; Sat 26 Oct, 6.00pm & 8.30pm

This very unique modern radio play is set in the atmospheric surroundings of St. Ann’s Church where Bram Stoker married Florence Balcombe in 1878. Expect disconcerting, funny, contemporary theatre that uses the latest technologies to make things seem all too real.

Children being spooked by shadows at the Bram Stoker Festival

Dracula’s Disco

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Mon 28 Oct, 2.00 – 4.00pm

Dracula’s Disco is back again this year with a host of family fun. Dracula’s own DJ Will Softly will be playing the latest hits for families to enjoy along with confetti cannons to add to the atmosphere. If you have music loving little monsters this is one event they’ll love. Dressing up in something ghoulish is highly encouraged.


Spooky Stories at Marsh’s

Marsh’s Library, St.Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8
Fri 25 & Sat 26 Oct, 10.00am – 5.00pm

Ireland’s oldest public library has stood for over 300 years at the edge of the Cathedral graveyard. It was here that Bram Stoker came at the age of 18 in July 1866. Now you can wander the darkened galleries where it’s said you can find books on witchcraft and heresy. Afterwards you’ll be regaled with thrilling scary stories and bizarre tales from the past. What could be spookier?

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