Star Wars Con to Toast 30 Years

Rabid fans of George Lucas’ space opera can start making travel plans for next year’s Star Wars Celebration IV, a massive party being thrown in Los Angeles by Lucasfilm Ltd. and Gen Con LLC to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film series that became an enduring cultural phenomenon. The five-day event will kick off on Thursday, May 24 and continue through Monday, May 28, 2007 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Star Wars Celebration IV will feature live entertainment, celebrities from all six movies, special film and video presentations, an exhibit of movie props and costumes, exclusive merchandise sold at a 24-hour store, pop culture tributes, immersive events, costume contests and other activities. Only members of the Official Star Wars Fan Club will be allowed in on the first day, but the event will be open to the general public from Friday through Memorial Day

Held in Indianapolis in April of 2005, Star Wars Celebration III drew more than 34,000 fans from all over the world. Organizers say Los Angles is the perfect place for 30th anniversary event since the first official Star Wars fan gathering, the 10th anniversary convention, took place in the City of Angels in 1987.

“We started getting questions about a possible Celebration IV even while the last convention was running,” says Steve Sansweet, director of content management and head of fan relations for Lucasfilm. “So we’re determined to far outstrip anything we’ve done before, both in size and scope, as well as introduce many first-time activities and lots of exclusives.”

According to Sansweet, Lucasfilm plans to present other Star Wars-related events in the Los Angeles area just prior to Celebration IV, extending the festivities from the weekend before through the Memorial Day weekend. Specific details about programming, guests, activities, entertainment and exclusive merchandise will be announced as the convention nears. Online ordering for event tickets and discounted hotel rooms is scheduled to begin late summer/early fall. Updates will be provide at http://starwars.com.