Sligo is set to be transformed into a Dracula themed city over the Halloween weekend 26th-27th October with a number of events all developed with the famous Bram Stoker novel in mind.
The Weekend includes a number of Dracula themed events including:
*Vampire Ball in the Clarion Hotel on Sat 26th October 7.30pm includes drinks reception, dinner, music, prizes for best costume and a themed goodie bag for every attendee. €60 pp or €100 for 2.
*A Vampire Gathering for the Guinness World Record attempt for the most vampires in 1 place taking place at the Knocknarea Arena, IT Sligo 11am 27th October. The current record is 1039. Free event but vampire costume a must!! Terms and conditions on the face book page.
*Horror writers workshop featuring guest native writer Denis McIntyre at The Clarion Hotel 26th October 2-3pm. Places limited cost €15.
*Readings from the book Dracula in Café Fleur and Chapters café throughout Sat 26th 2-4pm. Free event.
All of this would not be possible without the hard work of IT Sligo, BB in Tourism & Event Management students who came up with the idea last year on linking Bram Stoker’s family and mother Charlotte in particular to Sligo where she lived during a Cholera epidemic in the 1800’s. The scale of the deaths was so bad that carpenters ran out of wood for making coffins and bodies had to be wrapped in sheets and rolled into mass graves. It’s believed that in the rush to dispose of the victims many were buried alive, being dumped in a pit without proper checks done to see if they actually dead. Years later, Charlotte told her son Bram Stoker of these horrors and stories of the burying of the ‘undead’ sparked the idea for the classic gothic horror novel.
There are many linkages to Sligo in the book Dracula and local author Dennis McIntyre originally from Cloonacool, Co. Sligo has researched and addressed these many similarities in his latest book, “Bram Stoker and the Irishness of Dracula”, gives a great in sight to the background to Dracula. The weekend will be a celebration of all that influenced one of the most famous horror stories of all time and all vampire movies try to live up to.
The Bram Stoker Experience is in its first year and it is hoped the event will evolve over time and become an annual event. A number of Volunteers will be needed to assist with the Guinness World Record Attempt so if you would like any more information or to get involved, Please do not hesitate to contact Michelle Henry on 087 2162446 or find us on face book; Bram Stoker Experience – Sink your teeth into Sligo. Early booking is advised. It is sure to be a fangtastic weekend in Sligo.