Like most people, particularly in its centennial year, I’m developing a little bit of an obsession with the Titanic.
The ultimate luxury cruise liner, complete with gym, library, smoking room and promenade, its first class cabins were the equivalent of a private jet today.
And yet this month sees the 100th anniversary of the day Titanic sank, on its maiden voyage, leaving hundreds to scream helplessly as they froze to death in the subzero waters of the Atlantic.
I know that the band played on, sinking to their deaths with the ship, after saving countless lives by keeping folk calm as they waited for the lifeboats. I know about John Jacob Astor IV, who put his pregnant wife on a lifeboat and returned to the smoking room to die.
But what I didn’t realise was that Titanic belongs to Belfast.
To celebrate this, the landmark Titanic Belfast building, which had its formal launch on Friday, is hosting a unique live light show at 9pm GMT (that’s 4pm EST), this Saturday, 7th April. And you can watch the live feed here.
Belfast is where the Titanic was built and launched for the first time, from the shipyards that now house the waterfront Titanic Quarter.
And the Titanic Belfast building is set to become what the Opera House is to Sydney and the Guggenheim is to Bilbao, so the light show, inspired by Titanic, should be truly spectacular.
Now, I’m not just a sucker for Titanic. I’m a sucker for fireworks. And the show will have fireworks, lots of them. Along with bespoke sound design, custom pyrotechnics, and 3D motion graphics, all projected onto a brand new future icon of a building.
So, if you, like me, are a sucker for both Titanic and fireworks, I’d recommend you tune in here to watch.