EVENT REVIEW: Game of Thrones Exhibit, Waterfront Hall, Belfast

After waiting for hours in a virtual waiting room a few weeks ago, I was one of the lucky ones who managed to bag two free tickets to  the official Game of Thrones exhibition being held at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.  The travelling exhibit had already taken New York, Oslo and Toronto (among others) by storm and now it was Belfast’s turn.

Game of Thrones exhibit in Belfast

Game of Thrones exhibit in Belfast

Of course, many scenes are filmed in Northern Ireland so it seemed right that the exhibition had made a stop in the city.

The costumes and props on display only reinforced the idea that attention to detail is at the heart of the show.  So much thought was put into the displays with iconic costumes sitting side by side with all of our favourite weapons and props. The exhibit was sectioned off into different story arcs for the current season.

So Jon and Ygritte had their display along with a reminder of oath undertaken by all men of the Nights Watch.

Jon and Ygritte

Jon and Ygritte

 

Daenerys had her display (complete with dragon!)

The Mother of Dragons

The Mother of Dragons

Arya and the Hound (along with needle on the left hand side)

You can see how tiny Arya is compared to the Hound

You can see how tiny Arya is compared to the Hound

The splendour of Kings Landing was shown with the most opulent of the costumes.

Oberyn Martell's costume was lavish

Oberyn Martell’s costume was lavish

You could also queue to get your picture taken on the Iron Throne (no charge like other conventions, simply wait your turn, strike a pose and get a pal to take a pic).

The absolute highlight of the whole exhibit though was your opportunity to ‘Ascend the Wall’.  The interactive area from Oculus Rift made you feel like you were truly in the creaky elevator heading to the top of the wall.  You were fully immersed in the whole audio visual experience and could even feel the wind blowing in your hair – literally!  It was like nothing else I had ever experienced! It was also a nice nod to the fact that many of the Game of Thrones fans are tech/gaming fans as well.

Dare you ascend the wall?

Dare you ascend the wall?

Overall, it was an amazing experience and just reinforced the creativity and passion behind the scenes that brings this mammoth show to life.

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