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Hold to the Now

Bloomsday Films

To mark Bloomsday 2022 and the centenary year of Joyce’s Ulysses, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Ireland’s global network of Embassies and Consulates have collaborated with dozens of partners worldwide to present their largest global Bloomsday celebration to date. DFA and Museum of Literature Ireland have collaborated with 35 Irish Embassies and Consulates worldwide to create Hold to the Now, a new short film for Bloomsday.

Filming has taken place across five continents, from Cairo to Kyiv, Austin to Abuja, Singapore to Santiago, and Berlin to Brasilia. Performers include actors Stephen Fry and Glenn Keogh (Curb Your Enthusiasm), leading Irish artist Amanda Coogan, and one of the world’s most eminent Joyceans, 94-year-old Dr Fritz Senn, President of the James Joyce Foundation in Zurich. Hold to the Now features an original score composed and performed by Cormac Begley.

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