Published: 17th July 2023


Titanic Céilí Landscape

As part of the weekend finale of Belfast TradFest (23 – 30th July) everyone is welcome to take part in the TITANIC CÉILÍ. A free, one day outdoor family event on Sun 30th July 1-5pm, celebrating traditional music, song, and dance at the Titanic Slipways on Belfast’s Maritime Mile.

The event includes an outdoor Céilí, with sets such as The Waves of Tory and Siege of Ennis, called by Ronán Eastwood for all ages to experience.  A traditional music stage will have performances by The Blackwater Céilí Band, Niall Hanna, Ciara Fox, Belfast Wren Boys Cleamairí Feirste, Ards CCÉ, Drumlough Pipe Band and Glengormley School of Traditional Music.  The fun doesn’t stop there with Bodhrán circles, children’s maritime art workshops, face painters and a live four hour traditional music session on the deck of the SS Nomadic also taking place.

In advance of the Titanic Céilí there will be a popup Céilí at the SoundYard (located at the back of the SSE Arena) on the Maritime Mile, Sunday 23rd July, 1pm – 2pm.

Dónal O’Connor, Belfast TradFest Artistic Director, commented:
“The countdown is on for the fifth edition of Belfast TradFest, which will showcase some of the best music these islands have to offer. Our finale weekend is filled with fantastic  events, not to be missed. We are very excited to be working, once again, with the team at Maritime Belfast Trust to bring the Titanic Céilí back to the Maritime Mile.  What a wonderful place and space for this event.   Our finale weekend programme is filled with extraordinary music and performances and will be a very special way to close this year’s festival.”

Maeve Moreland, Destination Manger at Maritime Belfast Trust, said:
 “We are delighted to be sponsoring Belfast TradFest’s Titanic Céilí for a second year running. The Céilí is a great way to spend the afternoon along the Maritime Mile dancing on the historic Slipways.”

For the full 2023 programme and finale weekend, visit