Our dear Captain Kirk reported the correct information. The 50th anniversary celebrations will be held at the Birmingham NEC. 7-9th October 2016.
With William Shatner headlining (who else!?) the prelimenary guest list looks well on its way towards a starstudded event.
Walter Keonig (Chekov), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), Jonathan Frakes (Will Riker – probably best to announce two weeks before the show!), Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax), Nicole de Boer (Ezri Dax), Alexander Siddig (Julian Bashir), Christopher Lloyd (Commander Kruge). Plus more to be announced.
From reading the press release it sounds like they have taken the best bits from the previous shows and made them bigger!
The Enterprise D bridge will be there of course, and it looks like Martin Netters 1701 bridge may also feature. (This was at the 2012 event too).
Then there is the Klingon Bird of Prey! Our listening devices along the neutral zone have told us that this is a bridge set being built especially for the show. Qapla’
You can also ‘investigate a Borg hive’ – guessing this will feature around the alcove?
Plus the museum is back! – Martin Netters Filmwelt collection.
What is surprising is the packages. Now, every DST we expect a little rise in price. But most of the packages are the same price as previous years excluding the Lieutenants package (ohhh myyyy) which is £80 cheaper! Yet you get the same fulfilment in terms of goodies as last time.
Examining the Commander and Captain’s package (hehehe!) you are also getting slightly more talks and autographs from last time.
Admirals will be treated like gods as per usual so there isn’t much more they can offer those lucky peeps. Maybe their own personal Gorn man-servant??
Here’s the full press release wrote in events marketing speak:
DESTINATION STAR TREK EUROPE TO CELEBRATE
50 AMAZING YEARS OF STAR TREK LEGACY THIS OCTOBER
William Shatner Headlines Three‐Day Event with Star‐Studded Roster of Film and TV Alumni
LONDON, February 02, 2016 – Destination Star Trek Europe, the premier Star Trek fan event in Europe, will once again open its doors to thousands of Star Trek enthusiasts from across the universe for a three‐day celebration of Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary. Set for October 7‐9 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, England, Destination Star Trek Europe will pay tribute to the characters and stories that have inspired generations of fans, joining a year of celebrations in honour of this milestone year for the franchise.
Destination Star Trek Europe, under license by CBS Consumer Products, will offer fans the opportunity to meet cast and crew, explore interactive exhibits, learn about Star Trek’s impact on science, space and technology, and enjoy parties fit for a golden anniversary.
The legendary William Shatner (Captain Kirk), will headline the event and be joined by Christopher Lloyd (Commander Kruge), Walter Koenig (Chekov), Jonathan Frakes (William Riker), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), Alexander Siddig (Dr. Julian Bashir), Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax) and Nicole de Boer (Ezri Dax). Additional guests will be revealed in the coming months.
In addition to autographs, photos and panels, fans will be able to take command of the bridge on the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC‐1701 or NCC‐1701‐D, investigate a Borg hive, take charge of a Klingon bird‐of‐prey, explore a shuttlecraft, and see original props and costumes in the Destination Star Trek Museum.
Tickets are now available at www.DestinationStarTrek.com.
“For five decades, Star Trek has influenced the world around us through its voyages to the Final Frontier,” said event organiser, Mark Woollard. “Destination Star Trek Europe will
honour the series’ impact and celebrate its legions of fans that are inspired to boldly go where no one has gone before.”
Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016. Born from the mind of Gene Roddenberry, the original Star Trek series debuted on September 8, 1966 and aired for three seasons ‐‐ a short run that belied the influence it would have for generations. Launching the careers of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, the series also broke new ground in storytelling and cultural mores providing a progressive look at topics including race relations, global politics, the environment, and more. It spawned five more television series and 13 feature films spanning the course of half a century.
Beyond its impact on the entertainment landscape, Star Trek has also inspired some of the greatest minds steering the direction of our modern world and sparking the biggest technological advancements of our time such as the cell phone, universal translator, smart watch, tablet, sonogram, and countless other inventions. Those who cite Star Trek as an influence on their lives include Stephen Hawking, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Elon Musk, and countless others.
Destination Star Trek Europe is organised by Massive Events, in association with Showmasters and Media 10.