Live in the UK and would like to know what’s happening in the world of Star Trek near where you? Then read on for a guide of upcoming Trekkie goodness on British shores.
There was a time when fans of Star Trek who lived in the UK could only look on with envious eyes across the pond at our American cousins at the wealth of Trek related treats that were on offer, from annual conventions up and down the country to regular appearances by the stars of Trek at various celebrations. Oh how time’s seem to be changing.
Star Trek is as popular here in old Blighty as it’s ever been and that can be accredited in some ways to the reinvented Kelvin timeline trilogy of films and with the sudden explosion of film and
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TV conventions that have sprung up around the country over the past few years, which has
allowed Star Trek fandom to fully embrace the franchise they love in a public forum with other fans. Along with Star Trek’s 50th anniversary year the TV and film series has spent a lot of time back within the medias gaze which means that Star Trek is cool once again.
With all the added attention back on Star Trek a variety of events and conventions are looking to embrace the Trek wave of popularity and so we have created this quick guide of what is coming up over the course of the year for our UK friends to look forward to.
Promotional image for For The Love of Sci-Fi
First up in our guide is the confirmed appearances of Trek actors making their way to our shores for the various comic and film and TV conventions.
MCM is the biggest organizers of Comic Cons in the UK and they often get the best guests in attendance. They run events all over the UK and Ireland as well as Belgium and Germany but the next one to hit England is in London.
Running from 26th to the 28th May in the Excel at the Royal Victoria Dock with Nichelle Nichols aka Lieutenant Uhura has been confirmed for all three days of the event.
The other MCM event of the year will be in Birmingham’s NEC centre on 18th to the 19th November however, no guests have been confirmed for the show as yet but it’s worthwhile keeping an eye on the website in the coming months as guests will be announced and they always look to get a Trek presence http://www.mcmcomiccon.com/birmingham/
Speaking of Birmingham, Nina Visitor who played Kira Nerys on Star Trek Deep Space Nine will be appearing at the NEC from the 3rd to the 4th June for Collectormania alongside Jeffrey Combs who has played various character in the Trek universe. http://www.collectormania.com/birmingham/
Back to London then (are you sensing a pattern?) in July, more specifically 28th to the 30th we have a trio of Star Trek alum appearing in the shape of Kirstie Alley who we all know made her big screen debut playing Saavik in Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan, the not so young anymore Wesley Crusher himself Wil Wheaton and the great Walter Koenig of Chekov fame complete the set. http://www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com/
Breaking away from the UK’s two biggest cities (finally), we find ourselves in the North West for what can be only described as the crème de la crème of Trek appearances. As we covered in this article, Captain James T Kirk himself William Shatner will be beaming into For the Love of SciFi convention to be held at the BEC Arena in Manchester’s Trafford Park which runs from December 2nd to December 3rd with Shatner confirmed to attending both days. http://fortheloveofsci-fi.com/
Along with appearances from our favorite Trek stars we can also look forward to a couple of events in the coming months.
Promotional image for Star Trek: The Exhibition
Blackpool’s Star Trek the Exhibition which opened its doors back in June last year to celebrate the shows 50th anniversary and have proven so popular its going from strength to strength and has recently announced an extension to its tickets sales which will now continue to be sold up to November 5th.The exhibition is a plethora of costumes, props and information about all incarnations of Star Trek. It also includes a set replica of the original USS Enterprise bridge and a augmented reality transporter room. So if you haven’t been yet I highly recommend it and I know what I’m talking about as I reviewed it in July last year.
Promotional image for Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage
The second big event of the year is Star Trek the Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert to be held 23rd July at the Royal Festival Hall in London and will feature over 3 hours of combined footage from the films and TV shows with the amazing musical scores that helped shape the adventures.
"“Featuring the greatest music and visuals from five decades of Star Trek, this lavish production includes a full orchestra playing the unforgettable music with iconic footage beamed in high definition to a giant screen. See scenes from The Original Series, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Wrath of Khan, The Voyage Home, Insurrection, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and many more.”"
For more information and for tickets visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk
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