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02 March 2012

TheTitanic Festival - countdown to launch

Details of the three-week programme of events for Titanic Belfast Festival 2012 - were unveiled at a reception in Belfast City Hall this week.

The biggest ever Festival marking the international significance of Titanic has been launched in Belfast today.

Organised by Belfast City Council and supported by NITB with funding from DETI, the packed programme of activity will mark the centenary of Titanic’s fateful maiden voyage and will run from 31 March to 22 April.

Highlights will include the return of MTV to Belfast with an open air concert, the staging of the world’s biggest ever digital projection lighting show and a poignant public commemoration service marking the unveiling of a Titanic Memorial Garden within the grounds of City Hall.

All of this will follow on from the opening of the new multi million pound Titanic Belfast visitor attraction on 31 March.

Full details of the many exhibitions, screenings, tours, dramas, talks, music and family fun events are outlined in the Titanic Belfast Festival 2012 programme available from Belfast Welcome Centre and various outlets across the country or online at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/titanic

Speaking at the launch, Belfast’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile, praised the Festival for its appeal in attracting visitors from all over the world.

“This is such an exciting time for our city and this Festival reflects the incredible interest in Titanic,” he said.

“While commemorating the past, we are also ensuring that the legacy of this important part of our history is celebrated as an investment in our future. Belfast has already proven its ability to host world class events – and the exciting elements of this £2.4m Festival will enhance that reputation even further.

“2012 will be a great year for Belfast. I am proud to be First Citizen at such an exciting time – and particularly with all that Titanic Belfast Festival has to offer those who live here and all who will visit,” the Lord Mayor added.

Northern Ireland Tourist Board Chief Executive Alan Clarke said;

“A huge investment of almost £300 million has been channelled into tourism and over 200 projects have been completed within the context of NITB’s five signature projects, our key tourism assets. To kick start this momentous year of opportunity we have invested £2.5 million on a marketing campaign within Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to raise awareness and to drive participation towards the great events happening throughout 2012. Feedback has been tremendous with tens of thousands of followers on social media sites alone, delivering fans of Belfast in greater numbers than ever before”.

“Belfast City Council has developed a world-class programme of activities for the Titanic Belfast Festival and we have been delighted to work with them and help in its creation. I encourage everyone to embrace the festival and the wider ni2012 campaign”.

Tourism Minister, Arlene Foster (pictured above with Niall Ó Donnghaile) was also among the VIPs attending the launch.

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