Star Wars Celebration

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Name: Star Wars Celebration
Dates: 1999, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2007 (Europe), 2008 (Japan), 2010, 2012
Location: Denver, CO (1999), Indianapolis, IN (2002 & 2005), London (2007), Los Angeles, CA (2007), Tokyo (2008), Orlando, FL (2010 & 2012)
Type: pro
Focus: Star Wars
Organization: Lucasfilm & ReedPOP (2008-present)
Founder: Lucasfilm
Founding Date: 1999
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Star Wars Celebration is a fan convention focused on the ever-expanding Star Wars universe. The event is officially sponsored by Lucasfilm, the studio with controlling interest in the franchise. The event is not held on an annual basis and instead the dates are selected to coincide with movie releases and anniversaries of past films.

See Interview with Jon Bradley Snyder, one of its organizers.

Celebration I

Celebration I was held on April 30-May 2, 1999 as a build up for the release of The Phantom Menace. Located at Wings Over the Rockies in Denver, Colorado, the event had an attendance of approximately 20,000.

Celebration II

Celebration II was held on May 3-5, 2002, just prior to the release of Attack of the Clones. The event was held at a larger venue - the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Celebration II saw an increased attendance of 27,000 fans.

Celebration III

Celebration III was also held in Indianapolis on April 21-24, 2005. Continuing the tradition that had been established, the event was a lead-in to the theatrical release of Revenge of the Sith. Approximately 29,000 fans attended.

Celebration IV

Celebration IV saw a new location - the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. The event was held on May 24-28, 2007 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars franchise. The event saw an attendance of 35,000.

Celebration Europe

In 2007, the event went outside the US for the first time. Celebration Europe, held on July 12-15, 2007 at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London, marked the 30th anniversary of Star Wars in the UK and was attended by approximately 29,000.

Celebration Japan

Star Wars fans celebrated the 30th anniversary of Star Wars in Japan on July 19-21, 2008. Held at the Makuhari-Messe Convention Center, Celebration Japan had a total attendance of 17,000.

Celebration V

Celebration V was held on August 12-16, 2010 to mark the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back. Moving once again - this time to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida - the event was attended by almost 30,000 individuals.

Celebration VI

Celebration VI was held on August 23-26, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Celebration Europe II

Celebration Europe II will be held July 26-28, 2013 in Messe Essen, Germany.