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Welcome to TitanCon 2017

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.

That's right folks, we are back again for TitanCon 2017!

Guests

We'll be announcing an exciting line up of amazing author guests within the next few weeks. This will include some of the biggest names in Science-Fiction and Fantasy Literature, along with some of the best new local talent in Northern Ireland. Check back for news and updates or follow us on Twitter for the latest announcements.

Because of the constantly changing nature of the production schedule for Game of Thrones we will only be able to announce our full line up of Game of Thrones guests a week or two before the convention. Rest assured that we are working hard to make announcements as soon as we possibly can and we are confident we'll have a great line up on the day. We are committed to not naming guests until we are completely sure that they will be in Belfast on that weekend and available to attend. We would hate to announce someone only for them to drop out when the schedule changes.

This is the downside of holding a convention like ours in the middle of the ongoing filming schedule however it does mean we can bring you a good number of guests for a much lower cost than it would be if we had to fly everyone in from all over the world during their down time. It worked out well for us at TitanCon 2011 when we were able to announce Sophie Turner (Sansa) and Maisie Williams (Arya) as guests just two weeks before the convention. In 2013 we had Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), Art Parkinson (Rickon Stark), Kristian Nairn (Hodor) and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed) all confirm in the last week as being able to join us which led to an incredible panel on the Fall of House Stark. In 2015 Ian Beattie (Meryn Trant) confirmed just three days before the convention that he was able to attend. You never know who might show up on the day!

Opening times

9.00 am - Doors open
9.45 am - Opening ceremony
10.00 am - Morning programming begins (including photo sessions with GoT guests)
12.50 pm - Please join us in the main hall for our group photo
1.00 pm - Lunch break is from 1-2 pm
2.00 pm - Afternoon programming begins (including round table sessions with GoT guests)
4.00 pm - Signing session with GoT guests is from 4-6 pm
5.00 pm - Great TitanCon booksale and signing with author guests is from 5-6 pm
6.00 pm - Closing ceremony including raffle prize draw is from 6-7 pm
8.30 pm - Evening entertainment: Including disco and karaoke through till 1.00 am

News and announcements

Expanded Friday afternoon programming from 3.00 pm!

For the first time we are expanding our Friday plans with some additional literature programming taking place on Friday afternoon from 3.00 pm. We understand not everyone will be able to make it in time, but we want to provide more things for early birds to see and do at TitanCon. We hope this proves popular and if that's the case then we may expand the Friday further in 2018.

Please note that everything on Friday is still FREE to attend, a little sample of what you can experience on the Saturday at TitanCon. So if you want to just try it out for a short while and see if you might enjoy coming along for the full day, then please feel free to come down to our literature programming in the afternoon and Literature Night in the evening. You would be very welcome!

Please see our Literature Night page for more details.

Venue - Wellington Park Hotel

The Wellie has been a great venue for us the last few years so it was an easy decision to return and hold TitanCon 2017 at the Wellington Park Hotel.

The opportunity to stay in the same hotel where the convention you are attending takes 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.

The Wellie have kindly given us the same room rates that they were charging last year, and if you look at the prices some of the other hotels in Belfast are now charging you'll realise what a great deal this is. Please see our hotels page for more information.

Dead Dog Party: Mon 11 Sept 2017 ~ 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 around mid morning on Monday 11 September 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!