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30 March 2015 @ 03:32 pm
TitanCon Belfast - Sat 26 Sept 2015 - with Game of Thrones guests and Joe Abercrombie  

I am pleased to announce that TitanCon is returning for our fifth year in 2015 with an incredible line up of author guests and some of the cast members from that Game of Thrones TV show you might have heard of.

Guests

Many more guests to be announced soon!

About Game of Thrones Guests

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. Last year Ian Beattie (Meryn Trant) confirmed just 3 days before the convention that he was able to attend. You never know who might show up on the day!

Fri 25 Sept: Literature Night

We will be kicking things off on Friday evening with our popular Literature Night featuring readings from our author guests. This relaxed and informal gathering is the perfect opportunity to mingle with the other attendees, catch up with old friends or make some new ones. We'll also be offering a preview of our Art Show featuring incredible pieces of art by talented local and international artists available for purchase.

Sat 26 Sept: TitanCon 2015

The convention itself is on Saturday 26 September. Our doors open at 9.00 am and TitanCon runs till 6.30 pm with evening entertainment from 7.30 pm through till 1.00 am. We highly recommend sticking around till late for a rare chance to see some of the Game of Thrones cast members on the dance floor!

Programming

TitanCon 2015 programming will feature discussion panels, crafting workshops (including our always popular Dothraki Jewellery Workshop), photo sessions with the guests and of course a signing session. Photographs with our Game of Thrones guests cost £10 each.

In past years we have been able to offer free autographs to all TitanCon attendees thanks to a funding grant from the Arts Council which heavily subsidised our costs. Unfortunately due to budget cuts at the Arts Council that funding has now been withdrawn and to avoid making a financial loss as we did last year we need to charge attendees for all autographs at TitanCon 2015. We also need to negotiate autograph rates with each of our guests and their agents which might lead to a varying range of rates depending on the guest. We anticipate most autographs costing £15 each but may be higher for certain guests. We will publish a full list of autograph rates for all Game of Thrones guests as soon as we possibly can.

Sun 27 Sept: TitanCon Coach Tour

For the first time we will have Coach Tour tickets on sale alongside TitanCon memberships from Day One (28 March 2015). In the past we have waited till June or July after watching each season of Game of Thrones to plan the tour and start selling tickets. But this year we don't need to wait, there really is one obvious choice of where to go and that's Portstewart Strand where they have filmed five scenes on the beach for the Dornish parts of Season Five. We last visited the north coast in 2012 and we'll be returning to two old favourites in Ballintoy Harbour (Pyke in season two and Saltpans in season four) and Larrybane Quarry (Renly's Camp in season two). Of course we end the day with a traditional Hog Roast Feast in Clandeboye's beautiful Banqueting Hall.

Sounds great! When can I buy tickets?

Tickets for attendance to TitanCon 2015 on Sat 26 Sept cost £25.

Coach Tour tickets for Sun 27 Sept cost £38.

You can buy both together for £63 and this will save you a little bit on the Paypal transaction fee.

Tickets are on sale NOW

Your confirmation email will include booking codes for the special room rate at the Wellington Park Hotel, so please don't contact the hotel directly until after you have bought your ticket and received the confirmation email.

Supporting Membership

Perhaps you are unable to be at TitanCon 2015 but would still really like to see our convention succeed. Supporting Membership can be bought for just £5 and your greatly appreciated support will help us to continue in 2015 and beyond. Supporting membership can be upgraded to Full attending Membership at a later date for £20, just in case it turns out you can make it. Supporting Membership also counts towards your Making the Eight number!

We'll be announcing more details about all aspects of TitanCon 2015 over the coming months so please check back regularly for news or follow us on Twitter to get the latest updates as they are announced.

We look forward to seeing you at TitanCon 2015.

 
 
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