It has been nearly one hundred years since the great ship, the Titanic sank in the cold waters off the North Atlantic Ocean on April 12th after colliding with an iceberg. 1,514 souls died in this horrific sinking. As a result of this anniversary, this year alone has seen numerous media coverage about the ship – from gracing the cover of April’s edition of National Geographic to major newspapers worldwide to even a limited 3d release of the original movie from 1997.
The ship was built in Belfast Ireland – or as some know this city in historical circles as, “the birthplace of the Titanic”. This year Belfast is truly the hub for Titanic memorials and commemorations. An impressive state-of-the-art 14,000 square meter Titanic Belfast visitor’s center is now open. In conjunction, the three-week Titanic Belfast Festival 2012 features talks by experts as well as a number of Titanic themed stage performances.
For those who cannot visit the museum or take part in this festival (and there have already been 100,000 tickets sold!) – do not worry – a cutting edge digital projection will be streaming live online on April 7th at 9pm IST.
This digital show features the latest in 3d-graphics, synchronized pyrotechnics and custom sound design. The show of course was inspired by the Titanic but also celebrates Belfast’s culture, heritage and future. This 40 minute show is sure to inspire the audience either in person or through the live streaming.
Ruth Burns, the Destination PR and Marketing manager for Northern Ireland’s Tourism Bureau says, “It is set to be one of the most challenging projection shows that has ever been attempted and will be a truly spectacular experience for everyone involved. Don’t worry if you didn’t manage to get a ticket to the show as it will also be fantastic to watch the whole experience live online.”
Geocast.TV is responsible for the live feed. Richard Day from Geocast TV says they are looking forward to bringing the event to a worldwide audience.
“The Titanic projection show is shaping up to be a spectacular event and we’re delighted to broadcast it live online in a multitude of countries. Everybody can get involved and watch the show in real–time on their home computers, laptops and even their mobile phones,” Richard said.
The Belfast Visitor Center – is the world’s largest Titanic visitor attraction and is located only 100 yards from where the Titanic’s hull was originally launched. This is a building that certainly gets one’s attention; the outside contains three thousand 3-d aluminum plates, and its prominent angular shape juts forcefully into the air.
The center includes nine galleries, full scale reconstructions, interactive exhibits, special effects and rides. Galleries explore the entire ship’s history from conception the early 1900’s, to construction, to launch to its fateful meeting with the iceberg. The galleries do not stop there – with 100 years since its sinking the center explores its discovery in 1987, and the numerous dives onto the wreck itself.
The center is in what is known as the “Titanic Quarter” – its certainly the centerpiece of this part of Belfast but there are other area attractions to interest Titanic visitors – there is the Titanic Dry Dock, Titanic Boat Tours and Titanic Walking tours. For more information visit: www.titanicbelfast.com
Visit your local tourist information centre. You can also visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/titanic