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Social Events

List of Social Events

Opening Ceremony

Where: Main Auditorium, ICC Belfast, 2 Lanyon Place, Belfast BT1 3WH
When:  Wednesday 30 August, 17:30 - 19:30 (British Summer Time)
Price: Free for delegates
How to get there: 

  • Walk: ICC Belfast is a 30 minute walk from Queen’s University Belfast.
  • Bike: The Just Eat Belfast Bikes scheme have 47 docking stations and over 300 bikes located across Belfast, providing a low cost, convenient and sustainable way to travel about the city. There are docking stations both adjacent to QUB and the ICC Centre (The Waterfront Hall). https://www.belfastbikes.co.uk/en/belfast/
  • Bus: Buses depart from adjacent to the QUB Student’s Union to the City Centre every 10-15 minutes.

The Opening Ceremony followed by the Welcome Reception will take place at ICC Belfast.

ICC Belfast is an award-winning conference centre conveniently located within a 10-minute walk of the city centre. The entrance to ICC Belfast is located beside the River Lagan and it affords picturesque views of the river which was so integral to the formation of Belfast. 9000 years ago Mesolithic people recognised the abundance of natural resources where the Lagan entered the sea and by the Medieval period a small settlement had been established. This grew in size throughout the seventeenth century and underwent rapid change from the late eighteenth century onwards when Belfast began to emerge as an industrial and manufacturing powerhouse.

The Opening Ceremony will take place in the central hub of ICC Belfast, the Main Auditorium which is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology, with uninterrupted views of the stage guaranteed for every delegate.

ICC Belfast, was shortlisted as the UK’s ‘Best Venue’ for events for 2022 for a fifth consecutive year, confirming a leading industry reputation for high calibre staff, cutting-edge innovation and a driving focus on sustainability.

Welcome Reception

Where: Riverside Foyer, ICC Belfast, 2 Lanyon Place, Belfast BT1 3WH
When:  Wednesday 30 August, 19:30 - 21:00 BST (British Summer Time)
Price: Free for delegates

Floor to ceiling windows in the Riverside Foyer offer stunning riverside views and direct access to the River Lagan and riverside terrace, making it the ideal venue to get an understanding of the origins of Belfast while enjoying some drinks and snacks in the company of archaeologists from across the world.

Annual Party

Where: Lavery's Belfast
When: Thursday 31 August, 21:00 - 1:00
Price: Free for delegates
How to get there:

MERC Party

Where: The Dark Horse Bar and Courtyard, 30-34 Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LB (Cathedral Quarter)
When: Friday 1 September, 20:00 - 24:00
Price: to be confirmed
How to get there:

  • Bike: The Just Eat Belfast Bikes scheme have 47 docking stations and over 300 bikes located across Belfast, providing a low cost, convenient and sustainable way to travel about the city. There are docking stations adjacent to QUB and on Waring Street just round the corner from the Dark Horse. https://www.belfastbikes.co.uk/en/belfast/
  • Bus: Bus routes 1C, 2E, 4A and 9C
  • Taxi: Taxis are easy to book and find in Belfast and can be a convenient but expensive transport option. Two of the main local taxi companies in Belfast are ValueCabs and FonaCab. You can book online, by phone or by downloading and booking on the app. It is also possible to use Uber in Belfast. You will need to have an Uber account to book an Uber taxi. Taxi fares are metered and rates depend on the day and the time. Long waiting times may incur an additional charge. Most taxis accept payment by card.

Protected by earth ramparts and the city walls, the area where the Dark Horse now stands was convenient to the old iron foundry, the pottery, the whiskey merchants and the Brown Linen Hall. Appreciate the superb décor and special atmosphere with beautiful antique mirrors, Belfast furni-ture and artefacts from some of the city’s most famous hotels and buildings from bygone times – providing a rather rare and unique glimpse of Belfast’s historical past.

The Courtyard at The Dark Horse is a gallery of custom street art depicting surreal scenes of North-ern Irish history and culture. The centrepiece is a beautiful oak tree, surrounded by radiating words from Seamus Heaney cut into solid steel. Entry to the gallery is exclusively through the Dark Horse Bar.

Annual Dinner

Where: Titanic Belfast, 1 Olympic Way, Queen’s Road, Belfast BT3 9EP
When: Saturday 2 September, 20:30 - 01:00
Price: to be confirmed
How to get there:

  • Bike: The Just Eat Belfast Bikes scheme have 47 docking stations and over 300 bikes located across Belfast, providing a low cost, convenient and sustainable way to travel about the city. There are docking stations adjacent to QUB and not far from the Titanic Centre. https://www.belfastbikes.co.uk/en/belfast/
  • Bus: Translink operate Metro Services 26, 26A, 26B, 26C from Belfast City Centre – departing outside the Belfast Welcome Centre to Titanic Belfast.
  • Taxi: Taxis are easy to book and find in Belfast and can be a convenient but expensive transport option. Two of the main local taxi companies in Belfast are ValueCabs and FonaCab. You can book online, by phone or by downloading and booking on the app. It is also possible to use Uber in Belfast. You will need to have an Uber account to book an Uber taxi. Taxi fares are metered and rates depend on the day and the time. Long waiting times may incur an additional charge. Most taxis accept payment by card.

Located beside the Titanic Slipways, the Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices and Hamilton Graving Dock – the very place where Titanic was designed, built and launched – Titanic Belfast tells the story of Titanic from her conception, through her construction and launch, to her maiden voyage and subsequent place in history. Delegates will have the opportunity to have a private tour of the galleries before moving to The Titanic Suite for drinks and dinner. With stunning views of the Slipways and Belfast Lough, The Titanic Suite offers a breathtaking setting, which includes a replica of the liner's Grand Staircase, for an unforgettable event.

Registration

The Annual Meeting (conference) registration is now open. All delegates have to be current (2023) EAA members and pay the Annual Meeting registration fee. Please check the registration policy tab for more information. 

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