2nd April 2012
Titanic Belfast sold out until April 16th
Titanic Belfast has confirmed that it has been such a hit with the public that it is completely sold out until Monday, April 16th. Only those who have pre-purchased tickets will be able to visit the attraction’s galleries over the next 10 days.
There are still opportunities, however, to soak up the atmosphere at Titanic Belfast over Easter, with a five-day international market including four days of international street theatre, and a number of especially commissioned musical and theatre shows to celebrate the opening of Titanic Belfast.
Proceedings kick-off at 11am this Friday when over 50 market stalls from around the world – including South Africa, Ecuador, Peru, Thailand and Europe – set up shop on the Queen’s Road beside the former Harland & Wolff headquarters building. On offer will be the best of local and international produce, as well as wall climbing, archery and laser clay pigeon shooting.
Tim Husbands, Titanic Belfast’s CEO, said: “We always knew that Easter was going to be a busy time as we celebrated the opening of Titanic Belfast, but we’re thrilled at the fantastic response from the public and the positive feedback we’re getting. I’m particularly delighted by the large number of visitors from outside Northern Ireland who have come through Titanic Belfast’s doors.
“Unfortunately, that means that we’re completely sold out until April 16th, but we will be open all year round. In fact the only days we close are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day so there will be plenty of opportunity throughout the year to enjoy Titanic Belfast and some of the other special events which we will be hosting.
“While this weekend is very much a celebration of the men who built Titanic and the opening of Titanic Belfast, next weekend, which marks the centenary of Titanic’s sinking, will be a time for reflection. A number of commemorative events at Titanic Belfast and the city centre are planned and more details will be provided next week.”
Admission to the market is free and visitors can expect to be entertained for the first four days by 11 of the world’s best street performers, including Australia’s Alakazam, the ‘Human Knot’, possibly the number one contortionist in the world, Betty Brawn, the world’s strongest woman, the amazing Amani acrobats from Africa, sword swallowers, jugglers and comedians. Visitors will also be able to visit the Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices where Titanic was designed (admission charge £2.50, open 10.30am – 5.00pm daily).
Ali Curran, Titanic Belfast’s Festival Director, said: “This week we’re celebrating the opening of Titanic Belfast and the city’s legacy as one of the greatest centres of shipbuilding which the world has ever seen. Over the Easter weekend visitors will have the added enjoyment of a international market and street theatre acts which have never performed in Northern Ireland before.”
In addition to the market, tickets are still available for ‘Titans’, a new play by Belfast playwright, Jimmy McAleavey, which takes its audience from the Harland & Wolff Drawing Office to a behind-the-scenes tour of Titanic Belfast with some unexpected encounters on the way. The show runs on April 8th, 9th and 11th and is suitable for those aged 15 and over.
‘Songs to the Siren’ on Tuesday, 10th April, promises to be a night of high entertainment with a line-up of artists including Cara Dillon, Cashier No9, Andy Irvine, Cathal Coughlan, Wonder Villains, Bap Kennedy, Gavin Martin, Murray Lachlan Young. Also appearing is Henry McCullough who formed Wings with Paul McCartney and was lead guitarist on the on the original Jesus Christ Superstar album.
Tickets for ‘Songs to the Siren’ and ‘Titans’ along with further information about the Titanic Festival can be found online at www.titanicbelfast.com or by phoning 028 9024 6609.