By Tommy Ferguson: On Friday a group of Norn Iron fans visited The Hilton Lanyon Place and International Conference Centre (ICC) which is next door – (https://www.iccbelfast.com/), to consider the space that is available and whether, costs permitting, a Belfast Eastercon would be viable.
The venue was the site of the 2019 Eurocon, which ran successfully, but looking at additional space, in the ICC.
This new group, with experience from a wide selection of Irish and international conventions, is entitled the ‘Preliminary Belfast Eastercon Assessment Team’ and we went to the Pub afterwards to consider what next steps should be taken and it was agreed that another pint would be a good idea.
Following this, and other activities it was agreed we should communicate to Eastercon fans, here, there and elsewhere, that some activity, albeit very initial, is taking place.
PBEAT would look to see if the venue is indeed suitable, and more importantly if it is affordable.
Initial reckoning is that we could accommodate an 800 to 900 person Eastercon, and given the extra travel is involved, this seems like a reasonable amount.
By the end of the evening, there was much excitement about the prospect of a Belfast Eastercon, as evidenced in the images.
Further updates will occur.