Bram Stoker Festival: Events will take place through online/virtual programme

By Aideen O'Flaherty

A series of events for this year’s Bram Stoker Festival will offer thrills and chills to Dubliners at home to mark Halloween 2020.

As the developing situation with the pandemic has led to increased restrictions on public events, Dublin City Council and Fáilte Ireland has had to reorganise their plans for the Bram Stoker Festival.

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Sarah Joyce, Karen Hurley, Sally McGowan & Robyn McGowan Photograph by Allen Kiely

A number of events will take place individually or online, including a 20-minute audio experience called Eternal, which is strictly for grown-ups, that explores the quandary of eternal life and promises to turn your home into a house of horror.

For children, master storytellers Macnas will be releasing a series of videos during the October midterm, and an interactive adventure game called Curse Hunters, which is played on phones, contains a mind-bending series of interactive tasks, puzzles, and creative challenges, all for your little ones to save the universe from an ancient curse.

Festival favourite Dracula’s Disco will stream online this year so children can enjoy it from home, while dancing along to the energetic and fun-packed DJ set.

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu said: “In these challenging times we find ourselves in, Dublin City Council is delighted to be in a position to celebrate Dublin author Bram Stoker and his famous novel ‘Dracula’ this Halloween weekend.

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Ronan Hodson Photograph by Allen Kiely

“The Bram Stoker Festival showcases Dublin’s cultural and creative side through a diverse programme of events suitable for all ages.

“This year, in light of current guidelines you can take part and engage from the comfort of your own home through our online/virtual programme of events.

“Dubliners can also take part in the audio walking tour of the city which incorporates key locations in the city centre.”

The full programme for the Bram Stoker Festival is available online at

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