Freaky festival celebrates Dublin City’s Dracula

Clíona Byrne

Dublin City will celebrate the legacy of Dublin horror novelist Bram Stoker and his famous novel ‘Dracula’ from October  26-28. The festival includes walking tours through the laneways and hidden steps of the Victorian macabre aspect of the city. Both teens and adults can take part in literary workshops where one can explore the art of horror writing with award winning authors. The Stoker-themed theatre will have lively discussions on all things vampire and a stunning spectacle from renowned street theatre company Spraoi in the magical surroundings of Dublin Castle.

When Bram Stoker died, not a single obituary mentioned Dracula but since then it has been translated into over fifty languages and Count Dracula has become the most filmed fictional character in movie history. The festival takes place throughout areas connected to Stoker’s life before the creation of Dracula, such as Trinity College where he graduated with a degree in mathematics. In the Long Room Hub in Trinity this October 27 and 28, a writing workshop will be given by award-winning writer Celine McKiernan.

There are many other exciting free events taking place, including listening to actors Owen Roe and Donna Dent read from the chilling vampire novels in Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday October 27th. Visit the Smock Alley Theatre this October 27th for a thrilling evening of tall tales from young adult authors Oisin McGann, Will Hill and Derek Landy. For a full list of events visit

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