Countdown to Bram Stoker Festival

Macnas Parade

This October Bank Holiday weekend sees the Bram Stoker Festival return to Dublin with four days of living stories and four nights of deadly adventures from October 27th to 30th.

Highlights include Al Porter’s Camp Dracula comedy show; the Macnas parade through the Northside of the city; and Gravediggers & Resurrectionists at one of Ireland’s most historic and storied cemeteries.

Macnas return to the streets of Dublin (Monday 30th, starting from Moore Street, 6pm, Free) with “Memory Song”, a hauntingly beautiful, wild and tempestuous parade. From Moore Street to the old fruit market near Smithfield, the capital’s streets are sure to be transfixed as the transcendental, the macabre, the profane and the magical is unleashed.

Other ghoulish adventures taking place over the weekend include Dear Air (Friday 27th/Saturday 28th, Belvedere House, 8pm, Tickets €12), a live, theatrical, horrifying homage to the golden age of classic radio horror. In the grand Irish tradition of Bram Stoker, Sheridan le Fanu and Podge and Rodge, enjoy six ten-minute tales of terror, plucked from the minds of six of Dublin’s most fiendishly twisted writers, and shocked into life by six of our delightfully demented directors, in a night of ghoulish live entertainment.

BRAM Audio Ghost Experience (from Friday 27th, Citywide, €5 to download) is a haunted, haunting, audio horror experience inspired by the classically creepy works of the legendary author. Beginning in Dublin’s dark city centre streets and ending god knows where, this weird walking tour is not for the faint hearted; while “We Are The Monsters” (Friday 27th – Monday 30th, D-Light Studios, 9pm nightly with extra performance at 6pm on Sat 28th, Tickets €12) is an immersive experience about the monster within us all.

Tickets to the festival can be bought here.

By: Paul O’Rourke