This may be the year of the False Spring, but it's not the year of the False TitanCon!
We are pleased to (finally) announce that TitanCon 2013 is confirmed to take place on Saturday 7 September 2013 at the Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast. Yes, that's a new date and a new venue.
Follow the link to buy your TitanCon 2013 membership.
The TitanCon Coach Tour tickets will go on sale around the end of May/beginning of June because we really need to see more of season 3 before we can finalise the route and our plans for the event, but rest assured we are working on it and we'll give you plenty of notice for when the tickets go on sale.
This year dealer tables will be situated in the main corridor of the conference facilities directly outside the main panel rooms. So you'll be right in the heart of the convention and will have foot traffic passing by all day long. Space in our dealers area is now available at £15 per table and that includes access to the convention for up to two members of staff with no need to purchase membership. Please see our Dealers page for more details.
At TitanCon 2012 we ran a small scale Art Show for invited artists and it was a huge success. We're pleased to say that every artist managed to sell a piece of artwork during the convention. This year we want to build on that success with an open invitation art show for any artist working in speculative fiction and works of the imagination. We would especially love to hear from local artists living in Northern Ireland.
Space in our Art Show is now available for just £10 which includes your entrance and membership to TitanCon 2013. We will be charging a sales commission fee of 5% on every piece of artwork sold. Our experienced Art Show Supervisor will take care of the entire process for you or you're welcome to handle your own negotiations if you prefer. Please see our Art Show page for more details.
The Wellington Park Hotel is located near Queen's University, about a mile south of the Europa, and offers excellent conference facilities with all of their meeting rooms located on the first floor of the hotel within close proximity of each other. So it's not just about the price, we feel like this will be a better venue because of the layout of the rooms. The main hall seats 350 people, a second room will seat 100 and there are numerous smaller rooms ideal for holding workshops, round tables, gaming, signing and photo sessions. The conference space also features a separate bar area so there won't be any noise distractions during panel discussions, and we can set up tables in the main corridor so dealers will be situated right in the heart of the convention.
Wellington Park has also offered us a great room rate which will allow TitanCon members to affordably stay in the same hotel as the convention. The opportunity to stay in the same hotel where the convention you are attending is taking place can massively improve your experience at the con. The practicality of being able to return to your room quickly and easily at any time is a huge difference maker and with enough people staying here the entire hotel can become infused with the atmosphere of TitanCon making the whole experience that much more enjoyable for everyone. Please see our hotels page for more information on the room rate offer and other hostels, guesthouses and hotels close to our venue.
Please see our venue page for more details about the Wellington Park Hotel.
We will be announcing our guest line up within the next few weeks with further announcements over the coming months as more guests are confirmed.
Once again we expect that most Game of Thrones guests will not be able to confirm their appearance until a week or two before the convention due to the ever changing nature of the filming schedules. We really don't want to announce guests early and then have to say they can't make it, we don't want to do that to you guys.
Last year we were forced to announce that Kristian Nairn and Art Parkinson had to cancel because they were filming a scene for season three on that Saturday. We didn't even get to announce that Isaac Hempstead-Wright was going to be a guest last year (luckily he and Art did make it down for the evening and helped judge our Masquerade). So long as nobody breaks a leg this year then we don't expect there to be any Saturday filming and we'll be able to avoid situations like that.
Are you an author or artist living in Northern Ireland working in the field of speculative fiction or works of the imagination? Would you like to be our guest at TitanCon 2013 with an opportunity to participate in discussion panels, run a practical workshop, promote your books or display your artwork in our Art Show? One of the aims of TitanCon is to showcase local talent and we want to provide you with a platform to connect with science-fiction and fantasy fans from all over the world.
If you're interested then please contact us with details about what kind of work you do and what you'd like to bring to TitanCon.
We've set up a Message Board Forum for TitanCon members to get together online and discuss plans for TitanCon. This will be the best place to get in touch with friends you've met at past TitanCon's and make new ones before attending this year's convention in September. Sign up today and be part of the community getting excited about TitanCon 2013!