The Baton Rouge Irish Club’s Bloomsday Celebration is set for 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, at Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive.
Bloomsday is celebrated annually to commemorate the life of Irish novelist James Joyce and the fictitious events in his novel “Ulysses.” The name “Bloomsday” is derived from the name of the central character in the book, Leopold Bloom.
The story takes place in Dublin during a single day, June 16, 1904 — the day on which he first went out with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle.
The first Bloomsday celebration took place in Dublin in 1954 and a major five-month-long festival was held in Dublin in 2004 where thousands of people gathered to enjoy the festivities.
The Baton Rouge event will be commemorated with academic symposia, Irish music, bagpipes, food, wine, a silent auction and general Irish merriment. Theatrical readings from the works of James Joyce will be performed by several local actors.
Admission is free.
For more information call (732) 768-8891 or (225) 328-0101 or visit bririshclub.com.