Belfast Celebrates The RMS Titanic – The 98th Anniversary of the Sinking – April 15th…

Excellent photos of the TITANIC from this youtube video.

The City of Belfast once again is commemorating and celebrating the world’s most famous ocean liner, the RMS Titanic. The 98th Anniversary of the Sinking – April 15th…

Be sure to visit this excellent website – THE ENCYCLOPEDIA TITANIC – one of the best websites dedicated to the RMS TITANIC and famous tragedy.

The ninth annual ‘Titanic Made in Belfast’ festival, organised by Belfast City Council, begins today , and continues until Sunday 11 April, with tickets for various events now at the Belfast Welcome Centre.

This year’s festival is centred around a variety of events at the City Hall, while special Titanic themed tours, on both land and water, will give visitors an opportunity to learn more about the Titanic story.

“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, who will join John Andrews – a descendant of Titanic’s designer, Thomas Andrews, and President of the Belfast Titanic Society – to officially open the eight day festival at the City Hall tomorrow morning.

“For too long, Belfast’s part in the Titanic story, and the role of the people of Belfast in bringing Titanic to life, has been neglected. 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,” concluded the Lord Mayor.

A wealth of activities have been organised by Belfast City Council throughout the month of April, and specifically during the week of 3 – 11 April, including:

* the return to the City Hall of the acclaimed ‘Titanic – Past and Present’ exhibition, which traces the ship’s story from her inception to her portrayal in the 21st century;
* a display of more than 250 museum-quality artefacts and memorabilia connected to Titanic and the White Star Line, by leading auctioneers Henry Aldridge and Son;
* special children’s activities tomorrow, Sunday 4, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 April, including ‘Tea And Tales’ storytelling sessions, badge making and face painting;
* a series of daily ‘Titanic Talks’ by leading experts in their fields, looking at many different aspects of the Titanic story, from Edwardian fashion to Lord Pirrie’s Surrey estate, from Titanic’s children to the marketing phenomena which has surrounded the ship for the past century;
* the story of ‘Titanic on Film’ with a series of special screenings at City Hall throughout the week, including James Cameron’s ‘Titanic’ and ‘Ghosts Of The Abyss’, BBC Newsline’s ‘A Journey To Remember’ and Robert Ballard’s ‘Secrets Of The Titanic’, Roy Ward Baker’s 1958 classic ‘A Night To Remember’ and ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’, from 1964;
* ‘All Aboard The Titanic’, a play by students from Dominican College, being staged in the City Hall tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 3 April), and the story of the Titanic told in dance by the Ballynafeigh School of Irish Dancing, on Sunday 11 April;
* the ‘Titanic: Designed and Built in Belfast’ exhibition, which takes visitors on a journey into the past through the photography of RJ Welch, the official photographer of Harland and Wolff, currently on show at W5 and continuing until Sunday 11 April, during normal W5 opening hours;
* daily boat tours from Donegall Quay, bus tours of Queen’s Island and walking tours of the Belfast known by Thomas Andrews, designer of Titanic and her sister ships – and a chance to try out the award-winning interactive ‘Titanic Trail’, using the latest handheld GPS technology;
* tours of the Thompson Dry Dock and Pump House, as are personalised ‘Titanic Tours’ conducted by Susie Millar, the great-granddaughter of a Titanic crew member.

On Thursday 15 April – 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 that fateful night.

Full details of all the events being staged to celebrate ‘Titanic Made in Belfast’ are available in the April edition of ‘Whatabout’, available from outlets throughout the city.


About Michael L. Grace

MICHAEL L. GRACE is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. SNOOPY continues to be one of the most produced shows (amateur & stock) in America/Worldwide and has had long running productions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and in London's West End. There are over 100 individual productions every year. He has written movies for TV, including the award-winning thriller LADY KILLER, various pilots and developed screenplays for Kevin Costner and John Travolta. Besides co-writing and co-producing SNOOPY, he wrote and produced the one-man play KENNEDY. He produced P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD by pulitzer prize winning author James Kirkwood. He wrote the stage thriller FINAL CUT which had productions in the UK, South Africa and Australia. His one-man play, KENNEDY - THE MAN BEHIND THE MYTH, was developed for HBO and has starred Andrew Stevens, Gregory Harrison and Joseph Bottoms. He has recently been involved in European productions with CLT-UFA, Europe's leading commercial television and radio broadcaster. He wrote MOWs THE DOLL COLLECTION, THE BOTTOM LINE and LAST WITNESS for German television. While in college and graduate school he worked as a foreign correspondent for COMBAT, the famous leftwing Paris daily, and as a travel writer. He visited more than 50 countries. He struggled as an actor, then joined the enemy and entered the training program at William Morris. He became a publicist and worked for Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, at Paramount and MGM. He followed with a brief stint as a story executive, working in the frantic horror genre period of the early 80s and wrote THE UNSEEN. He went onto write for episodic television and develop series pilots. He was a continuing writer on such series such as LOVE BOAT, PAPER DOLLS, and KNOTS LANDING. He developed screenplays for such major award winning directors as Nicolas Meyers, Tony Richardson and J. Lee Thompson. He has written for all the major networks and studios. He has been hired numerous times as a script doctor, doing many uncredited rewrites on TV movies and features. He is currently writing A PERSON OF INTEREST, a thriller novel, and, IT'S THE LOVE BOAT... AND HOW IT CHANGED CRUISING BY SHIP a non-fiction book dealing with how the hit TV series as a major cultural phenomenon and altered the style of cruising by ship. He was raised in Los Angeles. He attended St. Paul's, USC and the Pasadena Playhouse. He received a B.A from San Francisco State University where he majored in theatre arts and minored in creative writing. He is listed as a SFSU leading alumni. He also apprenticed at ACT - The American Conservatory Theatre. For a brief period he had intentions of becoming an Episcopal(Anglican) priest and attended seminary at Kelham Theological College in the UK. When "the calling" wasn't there, he left seminary and did graduate work at the American University of Beirut. He has guest lectured at USC, UC San Diego, McGill, Univ. of London and the Univ. of Texas on the business aspects of making a living and surviving as a writer, focusing on development hell, in the Hollywood entertainment industry. Grace is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatist Guild and former regional chairman of the Steamship Historical Society of America. He resides in Palm Springs.