Titanic Light Show held in Belfast

Published Sunday, 08 April 2012
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A spectacular light show illuminated the new Titanic Belfast building on Saturday night, as the city continued with its centenary celebrations of the liner's doomed maiden voyage.

Titanic Light Show held in Belfast
The light show showcased the new Titanic Belfast visitor attraction (© Presseye)

The show, which included synchronised pyrotechnics and 3D graphics, took inspiration from all stages of the Titanic's story - from the ship's construction right through to her sinking, with the tragic loss of over 1,500 people.

Thousands attended the show which lasted around 40 minutes.

Lord Mayor Niall Ó Donnghaile tweeted : "Good news that the rain stayed off for the Titanic Light Show tonight - talking to people on the way home and they were impressed".

One man, who hails from Ballymena, told UTV the show was "spectacular" and described Belfast as a "great city."

"The city's beautiful and seeing this tonight is fantastic," he added.

Another man said the event was "a good advert for the city."

"I love fireworks - the fireworks were really good," he said.

"I liked the way the atmosphere built in it."

Earlier, police issued a traffic warning due to the large volume of people expected to attend the event. They asked motorists to allow extra time for their journey and to use public transport where possible.

The light show will be followed by three days of interactive installations from Monday through to Wednesday.

Then, singers Pixie Lott and Katy B will headline the MTV Presents Titanic Sounds concert on Friday.

They will join Olly Murs, Sean Paul and Rizzle Kicks to play the open air festival set against the backdrop of the Titanic Belfast building. Up to 16,000 people are expected to attend the gig on 13 April.

The centenary commemorations will culminate in the unveiling of a memorial garden at City Hall next Sunday.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Chris in North Down wrote (1,024 days ago):
A great night, very well organised and a fantastic show! It is easy to understand why our country was consumed with conflict for over 30 years when you see the negative 'I've got a chip on my shoulder' comments by a lot of people. If it is not your thing or you are going to be so critical of a 'Free' event give your ticket to someone who will appreciate it! I think this was a great event and look forward to more like it in the future, hopefully without the critical spoil sports!
Laser Fail in Belfast wrote (1,025 days ago):
We were also refused entry despite being there just before the last entry time, as clearly displayed on the wristbands (8.45pm). No explanation from Eventsec staff, who seemed more interested in being incredibly rude to people (many of them with young kids) who were simply trying to get to the viewpoints. One Eventsec staff member seemed to enjoy playing with his megaphone rather than actually trying to do his job and using it to explain to the crowd (which must have been in the low hundreds) why their night had been spoiled by idiots on a power trip masquerading as security staff. The fact that the show was delayed by 15 minutes or so just added to the insult. An embarrasing lesson in how not to manage a public event.
Kelly & Elaine in Belfast wrote (1,025 days ago):
What a night, as other visits mentioned, pretty much a let down apart from the the amazing fireworks. We got there in plenty of time and was refused entry. However, thanks to an elderly lady who paid no attention to the so called 'security' she pushed open the barriers and started a 'charge' this was one of the highlights of our night as we, along with a number of visitors, charged down to titanic quarter, some managed to get through but unfortunately we didn't and was told to go back out of the 'danger zone'!!! Again, a very unorganised state of affairs
Mark in Banbridge wrote (1,025 days ago):
I feel ashamed to have suggested this event to friends and family. In typical Northern Ireland style it was a complete disaster, how can they have technical difficulties and postpone it by 20mins on a cold spring night? Surely with the millions spent and hours to test, test and retest they would have it all ready to go smooth! As for the light show after the 1st five minutes I didn't know what was going on, it wa a total bore and utterly uninspiring. They could have cut it down to 10 minutes and it would have been far better! I was ashamed to be northern Irish after it and glad I wasnt beside any tourists during it!!
Johnny in Belfast wrote (1,025 days ago):
Was the event any good? I couldn't tell you. Despite being there well in advance of the last entry time stated by the coucil(8.45pm) we had the long walk back to the city centre with four disappointed kids as we were refused entry from 8.25pm on queens road (despite having armbands). We tried the queens road entrance and the slipway entrance only to be told by rentacop eventsec goons that we should have come earlier. Many other people walked by their eventsec friends without armbands as we stood there with disappointed kids. Many others stood at the gates with ticktes and did not get in. This may have been a 'free event' but it cost me time & money only to be disppointed. Badly managed by BCC.
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