Titanic: Made In Belfast

Celebrating the ship that put Belfast on the map

The city of Belfast is preparing to commemorate and celebrate the world’s most famous ocean liner, the RMS Titanic once again. The ninth annual ‘Titanic: Made in Belfast’ festival, organised by Belfast City Council, begins April 3 and continues until April 11.

This year’s festival centres around a variety of events at the City Hall, while Titanic themed tours on both land and water give visitors an opportunity to learn more about the tragic, epic tale of the doomed liner.

'The Titanic story is probably one of the most fascinating, amazing, poignant, thought provoking and absorbing tales from the last century, if not the last millennium,' commented the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Naomi Long, at the festival's launch.

'For too long, Belfast’s part in the Titanic story, and the role of the people of Belfast in bringingTitanic to life, has been neglected,' Long continued.

'Over the past few years, the city that gave birth to the ship, and many others, finally and rightfully acknowledged her part in the tale, and Belfast City Council once again is proud to celebrate the achievement, commemorate the tragedy and educate the world about our city’s role in the Titanic story.'

Activities organised by Belfast City Council will be held throughout the month of April: the acclaimed Titanic – Past and Present exhibition returns to the City Hall; leading auctioneers Henry Aldridge and Son have provided a display of museum-quality artefacts and memorabilia; experts will give a series of daily Titanic Talks about everything from Edwardian fashion to the modern marketing phenomenon the story has become.

There will also be special children’s activities, the ‘Titanic on Film’ screenings at City Hall and a play by students from Dominican College on April 3, also in the City Hall.

On April 15 – the 98th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic – Belfast City Council and the Belfast Titanic Society will hold the annual ceremony commemorating everyone, and especially the local people, who lost their lives on that that fateful night in 1912.

Details are available in the April edition of Whatabout and tickets can be obtained from the Belfast Welcome Centre, by calling +44 (0) 28 9024 6609, by email, or online. Check out Culture Live! events listings for information on other Titanic related tours and exhibitions.