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Celebration Europe

The official logo for Celebration Europe

Celebration Europe is a fan convention which was held at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London from July 13 to July 15 2007. It was the first Celebration event to be held outside the United States. Its purpose was to primarily celebrate the 30th anniversary of A New Hope, the original Star Wars film which debuted on May 25, 1977.

Warwick Davis was the Celebrity Master of Ceremonies.

Celebration Europe shared many of the features of Celebration IV, which was held in Los Angeles, California earlier in the year. The convention was presented by Lucasfilm and managed by The Cards Inc. Group.

It was also notable for bringing in a replica of the Intergalactic Passports that were originally issued as backstage passes for the filming of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. They included 10 collectable stamps, each acquired from specific events in the showing.

DevelopmentEdit

On September 25, 2006, StarWars.com posted an official announcement regarding Celebration Europe.

EventsEdit

Star Wars CelebritiesEdit

The above were present at the exhibition on all three days.

Celebration Europe Opening Ceremonies and A New Hope screeningEdit

During the informal opening ceremonies, hosted by Steve Sansweet, kicked of the celebration and introduced special guests Including Mark Hamill and Ian McDiarmid, who made a rare public appearance and talked about his experience as the Emperor of the Galaxy. McDiarmid also announced Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.

Star Wars Collecting PanelsEdit

Celebration Europe program cover

Celebration Europe program cover

  • Spanish Star Wars Collectibles
  • Collecting 101
  • Mexican Star Wars Collectibles
  • Autograph Collecting
  • Women's Collecting Panel
  • Australian Star Wars Collectibles
  • Hilarious Star Wars Items
  • Danish Star Wars Collectibles
  • Swedish Star Wars Collectibles
  • Bootleg Star Wars Toys
  • Canadian Star Wars Collectibles
  • Dutch Star Wars Collectibles
  • Star Wars Food Collectibles
  • French Meccano to European Trilogo
  • Japanese Star Wars Collectibles
  • Props and Costumes
  • Star Wars Tattoos
  • Trading Cards
  • Unproduced Star Wars Toys
  • International Collecting Panel

R2-D2 BuildersEdit

  • Droid Displays & Demonstrations
  • Droid Races, Trivia Challenge, and XXtreme Droid Competition
  • Droid Building Panels

Celebration Europe Art ShowEdit

At artists' Alley in the ExCeL Exhibition Centre, visitors could browse though the works of more than 20 artists. Each artist offered a limited edition print inspired by the thirtieth anniversary that was only available at Celebration Europe. They also offered a number of other prints. Each limited edition print is limited to only 250 pieces world wide. The artists included:

The One Man Star Wars TrilogyEdit

Fans of the Star Wars movies and fans of live theater could enjoy an exceptional treat when Charles Ross performed The One Man Star Wars Trilogy in the specially constructed 2000 seat theater in the main halls at Celebration Europe. The Canadian actor delighted audiences daily at London's ExCel Exhibition Center from Friday July 13th through Sunday, July 15th.

Lawrence Noble sculptingEdit

Lawrence Noble, the artist who sculpted the statue of Yoda on display at Lucasfilm's Letterman Digital Arts Center, created a life-size bust of Grand Moff Tarkin. He sculpted all three days of the event, but took regular breaks.[2]

ScheduleEdit

Celebrity stage

Time Friday, July 13 Saturday, July 14 Sunday, July 15
10:30 - 11:15 Mint Imperials: David Prowse and others. Force of the Fetts: Jeremy Bulloch and Daniel Logan The Two Halves of Darth Maul, with Ray Park.
11:45 - 12:30 R2 and Beyond: Droidmaster Don Bies and Kenny Baker. Star Wars 30th Anniversary Crew Stars. Vintage Indy, Jones Old Boys.
13:00 - 14:00 One Man Star Wars Trilogy.One Man Star Wars Trilogy. One Man Star Wars Trilogy.
14:30 - 15:15 Jabba, Inside the Vile Gangster: the Jabba puppeteers Anthony Daniels Empire Magazine Trivia Challenge.
15:45 - 16:30 One-Eyed Security with Jay Laga'aia Rick McCallum: Producing the Prequels Robert Watts: Producing the Original Trilogy
17:00 - 18:00 An Hour with Mark Hamill Celebration Europe Costume Pageant
18:30 - 19:30 Battle of the Bands

Platinum Stage

Time Friday, July 13 Saturday, July 14 Sunday, July 15
10:30 - 11:00 The Clone Wars. The Clone Wars. The Clone Wars.
11:30 - 12:00 The Clone Wars. The Clone Wars. The Clone Wars.
12:30 - 13:30 Original Trilogy costume design, and creating Darth Vader,
with John Mollo and Brian Muir.
The Force Unleashed with LucasArts. Billy Dee Williams, exclusive interview.
14:00 - 15:30 The Star Wars Vault with Steve Sansweet and Pete Vilmur. The Modelmakers. Star Wars Vintage Toy charity auction
to benefit Make-A-Wish.
15:30 - 17:00 The Force Unleashed with LucasArts. Star Wars Tattoo Competition. Working with Walking Carpets.
17:00 - 18:00 What's New at Hasbro Toys.
17:30 - 20:00 Fanboys Rough Cut Sneak Peak

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Celebration Europe 2007 Show Guide
  2. Celebration Europe Show Guide

External linksEdit

Star Wars Celebration
1980s
10th anniversary (1987)
1990s–2000s
Celebration (1999) · Celebration II (2002) · Celebration III (2005)
Celebration IV (2007) · Celebration Europe (2007) · Celebration Japan (2008)
2010s
Celebration V (2010) · Celebration VI (2012) · Celebration Europe II (2013)
Celebration Anaheim (2015) · Celebration Europe (2016) · Celebration Orlando (2017)
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