EVERYMAN AND EVERYWOMAN : In the name of the revolutionary and liberating spirit embodied in the Ulysses of James Joyce, we call upon the creative and practical imaginations of the World to turn their powers to the establishment of THE NEW BLOOMUSALEM, a celebration of universal freedom, love, and goodwill, to be reenacted in the public spaces of Ireland’s capital city in June 2014 and disseminated across the Globe.
Locked inside the old, labyrinthine pages of Ulysses breathes an encyclopedic affirmation of human life and living that is unheard by many. Even for devoted Bloomsday celebrants, that revelation is often encrusted in recitations, relics, and drink. This Prospectus proposes the reimagining of Bloomsday as everymansday and everywomansday, an imaginative moment when we see our lives complete — when youth and age, sadness and joy, innocence and experience blend together — and we celebrate the liberation of life and love from the tyranny of history and hate.
PROPOSALS are sought for four (4) independent Activities that collectively will help to usher in the first New Bloomusalem during the week of June 9-16, 2014:
I. Write a Parable or Poem or Passion Play that captures the vision of Joyce’s Ulysses. The successful proposal will mirror the novel’s basic storyline, engage a reading public unfamiliar with Joyce’s writing, and provide the outline for Activity II (below).
II. Orchestrate a free one-day public event in Dublin based on Activity I (above). The successful proposal will attract maximum public participation, utilize public spaces, and be cause for general merriment and celebration in 2014 and annually thereafter.
III. Host a Dublin-based retreat for Ulysses enthusiasts on Bloomsday weekend in an informal setting with the agenda designed by attendees. The successful proposal will minimize scholarly lecturing, emphasize discussion, and involve attendees in Activity II.
IV. Devise a social media strategy that brings Activity II to a global community. The successful proposal will provide live or near real-time online video broadcasts, attract extensive traditional media coverage, and reach beyond Dublin-Joyce-literary communities.
Send expressions of interest to Liberate Ulysses, c/o Steve Cole, (Baltimore, Md.), email email@example.com by October 16, 2013. Indicate the specific Activity you are interested in. Proposers will be invited to join a LiberateUlysses Collective to pursue funding opportunities.
For Bloomsday 2012, LiberateUlysses successfully crowdfunded the limited edition letterpress book “The Wit & Wisdom of Leopold Bloom.”