Organizers of Star Wars Celebration, the traveling confab that celebrates all things connected to George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away, are expecting April’s gathering in Anaheim to be the biggest yet — thanks in no small part to the anticipation surrounding the release of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
The 2015 Celebration rolls into the Anaheim Convention Center April 16-19, with interactive programming including diorama building, Jedi training and “Star Wars” tattooing. A new session of “Star Wars University,” a classroom-style presentation that in the past has featured a lesson in storyboarding with “Star Wars Rebels” executive producer Dave Filoni, also is set to take place during the semi-annual event .
Last week, Hero Complex exclusively debuted the poster for the 2015 event; today readers can check out a new promotional video for the Celebration above.
The Celebrations date back to the release of the first prequel in the “Star Wars” saga — 1999’s “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace.” The first convention took place in Denver just weeks before “Episode I” opened; subsequent events took place in Indianapolis, Ind.; Orlando, Fla.; and overseas, in Japan, England and Germany.
Lucasfilm senior events and fan relations lead Mary Franklin believes attendance for the 2015 gathering in Anaheim could top the record set in 2007 (the last time the Celebration took place in Southern California), when roughly 35,000 ticket holders turned out for the event.
Franklin also confirmed the involvement of prominent fan groups, including the famous 501st Legion of costumed fans who dress like Imperial stormtroopers.
Also expected are the Rebel Legion, the Mandalorian Mercs, droid builders and Jedi saber fighting groups that perform choreographed light saber routines.
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