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National Geographic Society: 'Planet or Plastic?' Exhibition

SSE Airtricity have partnered with the National Geographic Society and not-for-profit Sick of Plastic to bring the “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition to Ireland for the first time launching at the Belfast Maritime Weekender on the 4 and 5 of September. The exhibition endeavours to raise awareness of society’s dependence on plastic by visually depicting the crisis and highlighting the innovative individuals and communities who are working on solutions to this urgent problem.

Welcoming the launch of the exhibition in line with the Maritime Mile Festival Leanne Sheill, SSE Marketing Manager said: “In the build up to COP26 UN Climate negotiations, for which SSE Airtricity is a principle partner, we see this as the perfect way to bring the issue of plastic pollution to the fore. Partnering with organisations like the National Geographic Society and Sick of Plastic, who share our ideals in wanting to make a real difference to the world around us and inspire change, helps bring to life our commitment to sustainability.”

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Out of Stores Exhibition

9am - 6pm
Sat 4th & Sun 5th Sept
Andrews Gallery, Titanic Belfast

Maritime Belfast Trust, the charity set up to preserve Belfast’s maritime and industrial heritage, have opened their archives and put some of their unique Harland and Wolff artefacts on display in Titanic Belfast.

Many of the items relating to the shipyard have been donated by former employees and their families or collected through projects the charity has worked on such as the restoration of the H&W Drawing Offices or SS Nomadic.

At their peak, Harland & Wolff were one of Belfast’s biggest employers and this fascinating exhibition celebrates the hard work and passion of the islandmen by examining the tools of their trade from across the shipyard. On display will be a selection of never-seen-before items, from draughtsman’s tools to tracing linen, an extra-large industrial sewing machine and a Thompson works theodolite.

The exhibition also includes artefacts from Belfast Harbour Commissioners who have kindly loaned items from their stores. Visitors will be able to learn more about how the men of Belfast built these world-class ships and how Belfast’s shipbuilding legacy was born.

The exhibition also includes some of the panelling from SS Nomadic which will be on display in its original condition, as well as spare portholes and some of the bamboo stretchers used to transport injured workers in the shipyard.

Call in and visit the free exhibition in The Andrews Gallery now!

Riverbox Heritage Opera

11.30am - 3pm
Sat 4th & Sun 5th Sept
Titanic Slipways

All The Things We Are is an audio-visual installation inspired by the essential nature of the port as a space of comings and of goings. Working from conversations with dock workers, local residents, sailors and individuals who have both recently arrived and left Belfast, artistic directors Brian Irvine and John McIlduff have crafted a work that is both a meditation on this ebb and flow but also participates within the emotional geography of the port, singing the Outbound; singing the Inbound.

The Riverbox is the latest exciting addition to Belfast’s growing arts scene. Conceived by Dumbworld as a unique cultural venue and artistic platform in the heart of the Titanic Quarter.

Visit All The Things We Are @ The Riverbox on Titanic Slipways, Belfast from Saturday 4th September. Drop-in between 11:30am and 3pm, pick up a headset and enjoy. Performances last 10 minutes. All headsets will be sanitised after each use.

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The Irish Coastal Rowing Federation

11am-4pm
Sat 4th & Sun 5th September
Titanic Slipways

The Irish Coastal Rowing Federation is the National Governing Body for Coastal Rowing in Ireland.  It was set up to assist and develop Coastal Rowing as a sport.  The Federation has nearly three thousand members throughout Ireland and two separate Associations in Northern Ireland, Antrim with four Clubs and Down with 10 Clubs.  The sport attracts all age groups and genders from 11-year-olds to whatever.  The Clubs are always open for new membership and have regular training and local, national and international competitions. We look forward to having them at the Belfast Maritime Weekender.

Pop Up Rotterdam Memories

2pm - 4.45pm
Saturday 4th September
Barrow Square, Sailortown

Drop by with us in Barrow square and share your memories of the Rotterdam Bar. We’ll have recording devices for any photos or stories you have as well as music, a bit of food and a beer.

This will help to create an archive of the heady days and nights of Belfast’s Rhythm and Blues scene from the 1960’s to today.

We’ll also have a PA on hand for any travelling troubadours

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Belfast Maritime Weekender

Belfast Maritime Weekender

Get ready for a weekend of mini moments along the Maritime Mile on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 September at the Belfast Maritime Weekender.

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On The Water

On The Water

There will be opportunities for landlubbers to have their own adventure on the high seas, with Taster Sessions, displays and demos.

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Quayside Family Fun

Quayside Family Fun

Join an array of nautical themed street performers and musicians as they bring the Maritime Mile to life.

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Live Music

Live Music

Enjoy a host of captivating local music talent along our quaysides and listen out for our roving Ukulele and Brass Bands as you explore the Maritime Mile.

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Ticketed Events & Tours

Ticketed Events & Tours

Here's a list of events and tours you can join in during the Belfast Maritime Weekender, Saturday 4 September and Sunday 5 September.

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Street Food & Cocktails

Street Food & Cocktails

Head down to the historic slipways and check out the NI Pop-up Maritime Street Food Market, with food vans, trucks, stalls and plenty of picnic tables.

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Lighting & Illuminations

Lighting & Illuminations

Discover Belfast's Maritime Mile by night as we bring to you an evening of lights & illumination as part of the Belfast Maritime Weekender. 8pm-11pm Sat & Sun.

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Planning Your Visit

Planning Your Visit

You can join in on the festival after getting here by walking, cycling, bus, car and train.

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Maritime Mile Treasure Trail

Maritime Mile Treasure Trail

Start your maritime adventure on the Maritime Mile Treasure Trail, an exciting outdoor experience perfect for all ages!

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The Belfast Maritime Weekender is brought to you by Belfast City Council and Maritime Belfast Trust in partnership with Belfast Harbour, Titanic Quarter Limited, the Odyssey Trust, Department for Communities and Maritime Mile partners - energising Belfast together.

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