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Welcome to TitanCon 2016

TitanCon 2014

TitanCon 2014. Photo taken by Jim Corr.

TitanCon - A not-for-profit science fiction and fantasy literature, media and gaming convention for Belfast focused on showcasing literary and artistic accomplishments in Northern Ireland within the field of speculative fiction and works of the imagination. Our primary subject is HBO and George RR Martin's Game of Thrones.

That's right folks, we are back again for TitanCon 2016!


UPDATE: Our Game of Thrones guest line up has now been confirmed. I was confident of getting one or two more names added to the list but sadly everyone we were waiting to hear back from is not available. Therefore, we have now decided on the line up of Game of Thrones panels for Saturday. Please see the confirmed programming schedule for TitanCon 2016 for full details.

Please note that this is not the final schedule and some things may change over the next week. We are still working on our Game of Thrones guestlist and do hope to announce a few more guests over the next week or so. Therefore we are going to wait and see what our final guest list looks like before we decide on the subject and line-up of each panel, photo session and Round Table. Please be patient over the next few days until we can announce our final schedule. Thank you.


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News and announcements

Online ticket sales are now closed - tickets available on the door!

Online ticket sales are now closed. Tickets will still be available on the door, including tickets for all Workshops, Round Table sessions and the Coach Tour.

TitanCon 2019 planning session - Thurs 29 Sept 2016

We've got some big plans for 2019 and so we would like to announce our intention to hold a planning session to take place on the Thursday before TitanCon 2016. If you have an interest in taking part in the running of our huge 2019 convention then please, if you can, arrange to join us in Belfast for Thursday afternoon, from 2.00 pm, to find out more about what we'd like to do and how you can be a part of it.

Time: 2.00 pm
Venue: Boardroom at Hilton Hotel, Belfast

We are meeting at the Hilton Hotel (not the Wellie) so if you are arriving early Thursday afternoon you might want to come straight here first. There will be a secure place where you can store your luggage.

Here is the itinerary for the afternoon:

We do need to be in and out of the Waterfront by 3.00 pm at the latest so it will be a prompt 2.10 pm start. If you arrive shortly after this time you'll need to wait for us to return to the Hilton at 3 pm, sorry about that. If you are arriving after 3 pm while we are in the Hilton, please feel free to drop by and join the meeting late.

If you are going to attend this planning meeting, then please contact us and confirm your attendance. We need to inform the Waterfront and Hilton of our numbers in advance, so please also let us know what time you expect to arrive.

If you want to get involved and help run the event in 2019, but can't attend this meeting. Please don't worry, there will still be plenty of opportunities to find out what's going on and volunteer to be a part of it. Just let us know if you are interested and we'll keep you updated on our progress and what you can do to help.

Guest cancellation - Roger Ashton-Griffiths

We regret to announce that Roger is unable to attend TitanCon 2016. He has just been offered a role in a new production that starts work over the weekend of TitanCon 2016. Roger tried hard to get the schedule changed so that he could join us, but unfortunately it could not be rearranged. Roger has expressed his deepest apologies to the fans and hopes he can attend next year instead.

Please rest assured that we are still working to confirm the availability of more Game of Thrones guests and hope to have several more names to announce over the next two weeks leading up to TitanCon 2016.

Actually, we've just confirmed that Storyboard Artist William Simpson will be joining us. We've also added a guest entry for local game design company Backspindle Games who will be running demonstration games throughout the day at TitanCon 2016.

Please check back regularly for updates or follow us on Twitter for the latest announcements.

TitanCon 2016 Tee-Shirt - alternate colours available now!

TitanCon 2016 Tee-Shirt

TitanCon 2016 Tee-Shirt designed by Heidi Sperring. Click the image to view an enlarged version (please note the enlarged version is watermarked for copyright protection, Heidi retains all image rights and it may not be reproduced without her express permission).

Last year's White Walker Tee-Shirt design by Heidi Sperring was a terrific success, but I think one look at the stunning dragon design Heidi has created for our TitanCon 2016 Tee-Shirt will leave you in no doubt about her incredible artistic talent. It's worth coming to TitanCon 2016 just to get one of these Tee-Shirts!

About the artist

Heidi Sperring

Heidi Sperring graduated from Bath Spa University in 2002 with a BA (hons) in Education specialising in art and history. She has worked as a studio photographer, college lecturer and currently teaches art and craft to deaf adults at Action on Hearing Loss in Bath in their Education Workshop. Find Heidi on Twitter @heidisperring and Facebook.

Tee-Shirts cost £15 each and are available by pre-order only. Payment is made in cash only please on the day when you pick up your Tee-Shirt at TitanCon 2016. It is perfectly OK for people attending TitanCon to buy Tee-Shirts for friends who can't attend but we regret to announce that we cannot offer postal orders.

UPDATE: By popular request we are making alternative colours available for pre-order including grey, dark green, lilac or any colour you wish, so long as it's available of course. We normally stick with a plain black Tee-Shirt and that's what we are going to order by default unless we are instructed otherwise. If you have already pre-ordered a Tee-Shirt but would like to change your colour then please get in touch with our friendly Tee-Shirt Minion before the closing date on Thursday 14 September and we can easily change the order for you.

Pre-orders for the TitanCon 2016 Tee-Shirt are now closed. However, because we anticipate this being a very popular design we have ordered a number of additional shirts which will be available for sale on a first come first served basis. If you are after a size in the middle of the range you should be fine on the day but if you need something at the small or extremely large end of the scale then you will need to be quick. Please see our Tee-Shirts page for more details and to enquire about the availability of the size and colour you are after and if we still have it we will reserve it in your name. But once they are all gone, they are gone.

Lovely Beard Contest

The mainstay of our evening entertainment at TitanCon over the last five years has been our Masquerade contest. We have had some amazing entrants over the years, some beautiful costumes and memorable performances. Who can forget Hodor and Bran from our first year, or the Greyjoy saltwater blessing ceremony in 2012, or Daenerys and Melisandre winning the epic three-way tied vote in 2013.

For those that love to dress up please see our new Costume Contest that will run throughout the day. But in many ways we feel like the Masquerade has pretty much run it's course at this point, so instead we are going to do something a little different this year...

Tormund Giantsbane

Tormund Giantsbane and his mighty fine beard.
© HBO 2013.

We are pleased to announce that our evening entertainment this year will kick off with the inaugural TitanCon Lovely Beard Contest.

It's like Crufts - only for beards! We're interested in all breeds of beard, from fierce ginger purebreds, to scruffy mutts that make up in personality what they lack in pedigree.

Can your beard do tricks? There'll be a prize for that! And others for grooming, for most imaginative "costume", and of course, the classic, Best in Show.

Feel free to tell us what makes your beard so special - the judges are suckers for an uplifting tale or a sob-story. Or, just let the hair do the talking. Quality will out!

One note of warning, however: performance enhancing drugs are strictly forbidden and your beard may be tested at random.

This contest is not just for the naturally hirsute. Anyone and everyone can enter by constructing their own artificial beard. We will also be running a Beard Construction Workshop during the day with all materials provided if you want to make yourself a beard at TitanCon.

Costume Contest

The mainstay of our evening entertainment at TitanCon over the last five years has been our Masquerade contest. But this year we have decided to do something a little different and therefore we proudly present the inaugural TitanCon Lovely Beard Contest. It's like Crufts - only for beards!

Masquerade 2011

TitanCon 2011 masquerade entrants. Photo taken by Hear Me Roar.

But we still want to provide an opportunity for people to show off their love of costume making and we would like to encourage more people to dress up for TitanCon, so we've decided to start a Costume Contest that will run throughout the day at TitanCon on Saturday 1 October.

Here's how it works. When everyone arrives at TitanCon and picks up their membership badges they will also be given three Costume Contest tokens that they can give to their favourite costumed attendees. They could give one to each of their three favourites or all three in one go if they really love it. Costume Contest entrants will need to return their collected tokens to our reception desk by 5.30 pm at the latest. The entrant with the most tokens will be declared the winner during the Closing Ceremony at 6.30 pm. We have a fabulous prize on offer for the best costume.

So it's time to start getting your costumes ready, good luck to all entrants!

TitanCon 2015 named as "Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention - UK" by Acqusition International in Business Excellence Awards 2016

Business Excellence Awards

We are pleased to announce that TitanCon 2015 has been named as the "Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention - UK" by Acqusition International Magazine in their annual Business Excellence Awards for 2016. Announcement | Press Release

In the interest of full disclosure I would like to point out that these awards are nominated for by readers of Acquisition International and they do accept self-nomination. I sincerely promise that I did not nominate TitanCon for this award, I had never even heard of AI before they got in touch with me. I don't know which one of you lovely people nominated TitanCon for a Business Excellence Award but it came as a wonderful surprise and was greatly appreciated. I guess it means we are doing something right if even one person out there felt like we deserved this achievement.

Thank you so much!

Dead Dog Party: Mon 3 Oct 2015 ~ Wellington Park Hotel Bar

TitanCon will not be completely over until after the convention tradition of the Dead Dog Party (because that's what you feel like on the last day of a SF/F convention). Our Dead Dog will get started about mid morning on Monday 3 October in the Wellington Park Hotel bar and will continue on through till the evening. There isn't really an official start time for the Dead Dog, nor is there an official finish time (that'll be whatever time the staff chuck us out at). It's really just a case of drop by the bar during the day if you're still around and you should see some familiar faces about the place to have a drink with and talk about how good a time you've had at TitanCon.

See you there Dead Dogs!

TitanCon is supported by Brotherhood Without Banners and The Other Ones

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