Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Titanic: Four days of events mark centenary of 1911 launch

The Titanic leaves Belfast to start her trials, pulled by tugs, shortly before her disastrous maiden voyage.

The 100th anniversary of the launch of doomed liner the Titanic will be marked with a special four-day programme of events during Easter.

Exhibitions, talks, plays and family activities will be part of the Titanic 100 festival, which starts on Saturday and runs until April 26.

Ahead of the main festival, which runs for two months, Belfast City Hall will be the venue for a performance of the acclaimed drama Blackness After Midnight.

Running on Thursday and Friday, the play, held in the council chamber, is a dramatisation of the Lord Enquiry.

Written by Denis MacNeice, the play explores the role of the ship SS Californian in the mid-Atlantic tragedy in which 1,500 people lost their lives.

Titanic 100 festival will open at the City Hall at 10am on Saturday, with a programme of exhibitions, talks, film shows and children’s activities.

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