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Enjoy a host of nautical events in the Sailortown area during the Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival, from 25 to 27 May 2019.

Sailortown is in the docks area north of Belfast city centre. At one time over 5,000 people lived in the small, cobblestoned streets of terraced houses between York Road railway station and the Lagan channel. Visiting sailors from around the world mixed with local seamen and dockers in its bars and lodging houses until the 1960/70s.
Events run throughout the duration of the Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival and include:
Saturday 25 – Monday 27 May
12 noon – 6pm: Maritime Heritage Exhibition in St Joseph’s Church
  • Find out about Belfast’s Seamen in WW1
  • Featuring photos and details of 60 Seamen who lived in Sailortown
  • Watch Seafaring films on our large screen and learn about the huge contribution the Merchant Navy and Sailortown made to Maritime History
Saturday
12 noon – 7pm: Sailortown Sessions with IMBIBE Events
  • ‘A Rotterdam Retrospective’ in Barrow Square
  • A day of celebration of the Rotterdam Bar. The Rotterdam began as a holding centre for convicts in the 1790s but is best known as the iconic music venue
  • Come for a catchup, listen to great music and stay for a beer.
2 – 5pm: ‘Tastes of Sailortown’ at the Mission to Seafarers
  • Flavour-focused workshop for people of all ages
  • Join the ‘Snailortown’ kids as they showcase their flavoursome talents assisted by the arts organisation Household, together with artist Thomas Wells
Sunday
3 – 4pm: Sailortown May Procession
  • Every May the people of Sailortown carry a Marian statue on a flower-decked bier around the streets of Sailortown beginning and ending at St Joseph’s Church. They pray for deceased members of their families and that they will be kept safe on the docks and at sea.
 4 – 6pm: Sea Songs and Shanties
  • Belfast-based musician Mark McCambridge will perform music derived from the 19th century tradition of sea songs. Joined by a flotilla of sea-dogs and shantymen met along the way – as well as the best local artists Belfast has to offer – it will be an afternoon of celebration of the form and its history, in the heart of Belfast's Sailortown at St. Joseph's Church.
Saturday and Sunday
1pm: Walking Tours of Sailortown with SHIP
  • Take a short walk around Sailortown starting at the Seamen’s Mission and hear about life in Sailortown before it was demolished for the M2 in the early 1970s. Learn about the 1907 dock strike and a century of tough work and family life of a dockside community
Or for more information visit http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events.
Sat, 25 May 2019
10:00am to 7:00pm
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Sun, 26 May 2019
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Mon, 27 May 2019
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