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Celebration Europe

Celebration Europe - An amazing experience!!!

Marking the 30th anniversary of the saga, Celebration Europe took place at London's ExCeL exhibition venue in the UK from July 13th to 15th 2007.

This was the first time ever that an Official Star Wars event has taken place in the UK.  Celebration Europe brought together the very best of all things Star Wars including: -

  • Celebrity guests from all six films including Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Dave Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Jeremy Bulloch, Warwick Davis, Ray Park, Shannon McRandle to name but a few!
  • Steve Sansweet - head of Lucasfilm Fan Relations
  • The new 'Clone Wars' CGI Trailer
  • The new 'Force Unleashed' game trailer
  • Exhibit of original props and costumes never seen before outside the Lucasfilm Archives
  • The autograph hall was packed with over 40 Star Wars guests, the largest Europe had ever seen
  • Tantive IV set recreation
  • Jedi Training on Dagobah
  • Licensed artists alley with limited edition work on sale
  • 3,000-seat theatre
  • Exclusive limited edition merchandise Inc. 3 different McQuarrie figures
  • Costumed characters and costume pagent
  • Battle of the Bands Competition
  • Droid builders room
  • Toys R Us
  • Collecting panels with the opportunity to collect exclusive Celebration Medallions
  • Amazing Palitoy Archive 2007
  • Fans Area

and so much more...

Here's the Official post show press release: -

More than 30,000 Star Wars fans from across the globe gathered at the ExCeL Centre in London last weekend (13 – 15 July) to mark the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars saga. Lucasfilm Ltd.’s official Star Wars Celebration Europe was the first of its kind outside of the U.S. and attracted a broad spectrum of visitors, including many families, teens, film buffs and Star Wars fans from as far away as the U.S., Mexico, Japan, Croatia, and Finland as well from throughout the U.K.

During its three-day run, Star Wars Celebration Europe attracted more than 29,000 paid admissions and some 3,500 passes for children under 8, who were admitted free to the event with an accompanying adult.

Amongst the 20,000m2 of interactive fun, fans learned the ways of the Force in Jedi training sessions; took part in recreations of the first scene from Star Wars: A New Hope; got their first glimpse of the forthcoming video game, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed; went behind the scenes of the upcoming animated TV series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars; posed with a galaxy of costumed characters; and met a range of stars from the films, both behind and in front of the camera. Among the dozens of guests were Rick McCallum (Star Wars producer), Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2).

Hamill said he couldn't have been more delighted. "Star Wars Celebration Europe was thrilling beyond words," he said. "It was my first official Star Wars Celebration ever so I didn't really know what to expect. I felt emotionally overwhelmed and humbled.   My thanks go out to everyone who made it possible, and of course most of all to the fans who continue the magic of Star Wars with unbridled love and devotion. It was an event I will never forget."

The event shows the continued worldwide popularity of George Lucas' adventure saga three decades after the release of the first film. With nearly 10 percent of admissions going to children under 8, the overall attendance also illustrates the phenomenal cross- generational appeal of Star Wars.

Star Wars Celebration Europe also continued a long tradition of Star Wars fans giving back to their community, with two major charities as beneficiaries of special events. A unique outdoor screening of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope brought donations to MediCinema, and an auction of vintage Star Wars merchandise from the Lucas Licensing archives supported Make-A-Wish Foundation International.  

Star Wars Celebration Europe was executive produced by Lucasfilm Ltd. and produced under license by Cards Inc., a part of Corgi International Ltd. The show organizer was imie (international motor industry events), which runs the biannual British International Motor Show.

"We want to thank the thousands of fans who turned out for Celebration Europe, our fan volunteers, wonderful guests, licensees, vendors, and the hard-working staffs of  Cards Inc., imie, and ExCeL," said Steve Sansweet, Lucasfilm's head of fan relations. "The event far surpassed our expectations and augurs well for the future of Star Wars."

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