Celebration Europe II was a Star Wars Celebration convention held in Essen, Germany, from July 26 to July 28, 2013; the convention was kicked off with a press conference on July 25 featuring the cast of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. The convention was hosted by Warwick Davis, who played Wicket in Return of the Jedi. Dave Filoni, the supervising director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the executive producer of Star Wars Rebels, was the celebrity guest. 20,000 Star Wars were in attendance to celebrate their love for the galaxy far, far away.
Major events included a panel with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, who announced that John Williams would be scoring Star Wars Episode VII; a first look, including concept art, from Star Wars Rebels; "Straight Talk From a Princess" with Carrie Fisher; and "The Jedi Returns" with Mark Hamill. Other events included celebrity autograph signings, costume contests, a look at Rancho Obi-Wan, and much more.
July 26th (Day 1)Edit
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For the first day of Celebration Europe II, Spinelli313 from Wikia's German staff was on hand to cover the day's events for us. The events she attended included "Designing a Galaxy" where prequel and sequel trilogy artists Doug Chiang and Iain McCaig gave very passionate and inspiring insights into their design work in the Star Wars universe. They spoke a bit about their careers as artists and what inspired them to pursue those careers. We look forward to seeing what they have to offer for the sequels!
The next event included "Secrets of The Clone Wars" with Pablo Hidalgo and the show's supervising director, Dave Filoni. They talked a bit about how The Clone Wars came to be and what production was like. It was also announced that Season 5 of The Clone Wars would be released on DVD and Blu Ray in October 2013, and they talked a bit about what Season 6 would have looked like had the show not been cancelled.
Spinelli313 next went to the autograph area where a number of Star Wars celebrities were, including Mark Hamill. She even got to see these celebrities! Here is a peak into the photo gallery for this and the other events:
For a full recap and photo gallery, check out our Day 1 page.
July 27th (Day 2)Edit
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For the second day of Celebration Europe II, ElBosso from Wikia Germany was on hand to cover the major events for us. The first event he was able to attend was "First Look: Star Wars Rebels," where executive producer Dave Filoni gave Star Wars fans their first look at the upcoming Star Wars Rebels TV series. Filoni showed a lot of concept art that Ralph McQuarrie drew for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, which will inform the look and feel of Rebels. Filoni also showed some art specific to Rebels, such as the new ship Ghost that will be a centerpiece of the series.
Later that day, ElBosso made the rest of us completely jealous by going to see "Straight Talk With a Princess," the panel featuring none other than Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher. She and host Warwick Davis talked about their time working together on Return of the Jedi, and even went so far to reenact their first scene together from the film, when Princess Leia meets Wicket. As usual, "straight talk" completely defined Carrie Fisher.
Here is a peak into the photo gallery for the two events and everything else ElBosso saw on Day 2:
For a full recap and photo gallery, check out our Day 2 page.
July 28th (Day 3)Edit
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Alas, all good things must come to an end, and so it was for the third and final day of Celebration Europe II. Unfortunately, no Wikia Germany team members were able to attend, but the StarWars.com live blog updates kept us up-to-date on all the happenings from the last few events. The first major event was "The Fett-Tastic Four," where all four actors and stunt performers who had ever portrayed Boba Fett gathered on one stage for the first time to talk about their experiences. The second major event was a reunion of puppeteers and performers from Jabba's Palace in Return of the Jedi, and they talked about their experiences creating the iconic creatures in the palace.
The day's big event was "Mark Hamill: The Jedi Returns," a panel featuring Mark Hamill where he talked about his experiences on the original Star Wars trilogy. Everyone was anxious to hear what he had to say about Star Wars Episode VII and, while he said he doesn't know anything, he did say he's cautiously optimistic about the sequel trilogy and has faith in Disney and Lucasfilm.
At the day's end, the Closing Ceremonies were held. Star Wars personalities gathered on stage to talk about what Star Wars fans mean to them and how much they enjoyed Celebration Europe II, but the big moment was saved for last. Mary Franklin from Lucasfilm took to the stage to announce that the next Star Wars Celebration will be held in April 2015 in Anaheim, California, right in the same city as Disneyland and just in time for Episode VII. Here's looking forward to 2015!
Here are the pictures Lucasfilm took of the event, originally posted on StarWars.com:
For a more detailed recap of these events, check out our Day 3 page.
- Star Wars Actors Kickoff Celebration Europe II – Pre-Celebration
- "Return of the Jedi" Cast Reunites at Celebration Europe II – Pre-Celebration
- "Secrets of The Clone Wars" Panel Recap – Day 1
- CONFIRMED: John Williams to Score Episode VII – Day 2
- Kennedy: Special Effects Mean Nothing Without a Good Story – Day 2
- First Look at Star Wars Rebels – Day 2
- Mark Hamill Talks Episode VII at Celebration Europe – Day 3
- Star Wars Celebration VII Announced – Day 3