Titanic Belfast Launch Festival
Posted by Madeline M on the 29th of March 2012 at 15:15:22
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Hello, Hello, Hello! Have you ever been to Belfast? No? Oh Shame on you. Well guess what? This year you have to go, and there is a good reason: “Titanic Belfast”. Tomorrow is the Titanic Belfast Launch Festival - The official opening of Titanic Belfast!
Immerse yourself in the amazing story of Belfast in the 1900s, take a spin in the Shipyard Ride, experience life on board and learn about Titanic’s maiden voyage, her tragic sinking, the many stories of human endeavor, and the technology and science that finally found her, and helped to solve some of the many mysteries surrounding that fateful night in 1912. Titanic Belfast is a “must do” interactive visitor experience engaging all the senses.But what is this “Titanic Belfast” you’re asking me? Well, you probably know that the Titanic is the most famous ship of all times, which sunk 100 years ago this year, and in this tragedy many, many people were killed… oh and it is also a great movie. ;-)
Here is what it’s all about:
Born in Belfast, built by Belfast and imagined by Belfast – there’s only one place the Titanic could really celebrate its 100 year anniversary. The Titanic’s footprint runs pretty deep in the city; from the shipyard’s hulking gantry cranes Samson and Goliath, to the slipway where MTV will play a rollicking one-off concert and a poignant memorial by the side of Belfast City Hall. The shiny cherry on top will be Titanic Belfast when it opens its doors on March 31st. Add theatre, insight-loaded tours and a raft of family-friendly events and you have yourself the most
all-encompassing Titanic Festival, well, anywhere.
Want to know more?
One hundred years after the birth of the world’s most famous ship, Titanic Belfast has become a major new tourist attraction for Northern Ireland.The Titanic Signature Building, now known as Titanic Belfast, was identified in Northern Ireland Tourism Board’s Strategic Framework for Action 2004-2007 as one of five key tourism signature projects to enhance Northern Ireland's tourism offering.The 150,700 sq.ft. venue accommodates nine galleries of interactive exhibition space, including a dark ride, underwater exploration theatre, recreations of the ship’s decks and cabins and a luxurious conference and banqueting suite with capacity for up to 1000 people.
The unique architectural design was influenced by several maritime themes, including ice crystals, ships' hulls and the insignia of the White Star Line. Construction of this massive project began in May 2009 and is finally finished now, in March 2012.