May the fourth be with you. And also with Australians.
To celebrate Star Wars day on May 4th, the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia invited fans of the popular sci-fi film franchise to view and interact with a wide array of exciting and unique Star Wars collector’s items, props and interactive tech.
The bell of the space ball - a full-scale X-wing Resistance fighter jet in which fans could sit in the cockpit and be transported to the rebellion alongside Luke Skywalker (or just take pictures).
Powerhouse Museum director Dolla Merrillees said the exhibit was designed with the intention to celebrate four decades of Star Wars, and the impact the film series has made in the marriage between pop culture expression and science.
“If the aircrafts from Star Wars were actual space ships they would certainly be on display at the Powerhouse Museum,” she told The Daily Telegraph.
The exhibit was a part of the museum’s Ultimate Fan Weekend, where it invited Star Wars fans from all over Australia to attend special experiences like Jedi training, costume competitions, virtual reality lightsaber duels, coding workshops, talks and panels, Star Wars screenings (both fan-made and official) and games.
Powerhouse Museum’s two-day interactive exhibition joined a handful of other events in the Sydney area designed to honour the blockbuster film franchise on May 4th.
Star Wars-themed beers were served at a brewery in Surry Hills, featuring specials on tap such as “Brewbacca Kolsch” and “Revenge of the Pith”. Another bar in Marrickville married Star Wars day and Cinco de Mayo with themed margaritas and live music.
This year’s annual day of celebrating the force comes at a special time - Disney is anticipating the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Slated to hit theatres on May 25, the next film is a prequel that looks at how famed galaxy smuggler Han Solo got involved with the rebellion before the events of A New Hope.
Whether the Powerhouse Museum will host another Ultimate Fan Weekend next year remains to be seen, but this year’s event, which boasted a life-size X-wing fighter jet, is sure to be one for the books - or the stars.