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Bloomsday Activities in Indonesia

Book Donation –Irish Authors

Ambassador Leslie with Farid from Jakarta Bookhive‌Ambassador Leslie with Farid from Jakarta Bookhive

As part of our Bloomsday celebrations, the Irish Embassy is participating in a global book giveaway. James Joyce is famous the world over and his texts have been translated into many languages including Bahasa Indonesia. Joyce’s most celebrated texts will be winging their way to cafes, charities, universities and libraries all over Indonesia this Bloomsday.

In addition, Embassy Jakarta has collaborated with BookHive Jakarta to donate not just texts by Joyce but a range of Irish books, from authors Sally Rooney to Jonathan Swift.Bloomsday in Indonesia - Book Giveaway 2

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Competitions and Giveaways

Over the course of the week, Embassy Jakarta will be running competitions and giveaways on their social media accounts (Twitter @IrlEmbIndonesia; Instagram @Irlandiadiindonesia; Facebook @kedutaanbesarirlandiajakarta).

There are plenty of Embassy Goodie Bags and James Joyce Gift Packs to be won.

Cultural Installation - Bloomsday Booth

Ambassador Leslie at the launch of the Joyce Bloomsday installation at Grand Indonesia

Ambassador Leslie at the launch of the Joyce Bloomsday installation at Grand Indonesia

Embassy Jakarta aims to create an interactive Bloomsday experience and bring Joyce’s Dublin of 1904 to life. We will be recreating the well-known Sweny's pharmacy in one of Jakarta’s most preeminent malls before moving the exhibition to a well-known art space.

Joyce Bloomsday installation at Grand Indonesia

The installation will be available to visit at Grand Indonesia from 14-20 June and will be accessible thereafter at Dia.lo.gue until 19 July. Gilsenan’s Ulysses Film will be on display at Dia.lo.gue throughout the exhibition thanks to the Museum of Literature Ireland.

By following the QR code on the exhibit, audiences will hear extracts and learn more about Joyce and Irish literature.

It is worth keeping an eye out for well-known Indonesian writer Trinity Traveller.

About the Installation

  • Figure in Red: The image in red is an artistic impression of the James Joyce statue on North Earl Street, Dublin Ireland. Joyce leans on his walking stick and appears deep in pensive thought. The statue was unveiled on Bloomsday in 1990 and was presented to Dublin city by the North Earl Street Business Association. The sculptor Marjorie Fitzgibbon created the piece from bronze. Joyce’s literary work both celebrated and critiqued social and cultural life in Ireland in the early 20th century; he has long since become synonymous with the city of Dublin.
  • Stack of Books: The books represent the many works of James Joyce.Joyce is best known for Ulysses, a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer's Odyssey are paralleled in a variety of literary styles, most famously stream of consciousness. Other well-known works are the short-story collection Dubliners, and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Finnegans Wake. His other writings include three books of poetry, a play, his published letters and occasional journalism.
  • Floor Map: Joyce’s most celebrated work Ulysses chronicles the journey of Leopold Bloom as he travels through the city of Dublin throughout the course of a single day. Each chapter of the book recalls a new hour of the day (paralleling and retelling Homer’s The Odyssey) and also takes us to a new section of the city. The action of the novel moves from one side of Dublin Bay to the other, opening in Sandycove to the South of the city and closing on Howth Head to the North.
  • Banner: The graphic for the banner is inspired by a design created by Sarah Grindlay, who currently works at the University of Victoria. This is a wonderful example of how Joyce has inspired people the world over.