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With Star Wars Celebration postponed until 2022, there’s a void that needs filling and eager and industrious Star Wars fans are always on hand to make sure the GFFA keeps on ticking. It’s in that spirit that ForceFest – a three day online extravaganza taking place from the 28th – 30th August and led by prominent members of the online fan community that will bring podcasts and panels – is being organised.

“FORCEFEST” VIRTUAL CONVENTION FILLS VOID FOR FANS WHILE RAISING MONEY FOR MAKE-A-WISH

Online Star Wars convention created and organized by a group of fan content creators to take place on August 28-30

Created to connect fans worldwide and raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation

ForceFest offers a platform where fans and content creators can discuss the passion that unites them.

[GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY, July 16, 2020] When the COVID-19 pandemic caused the postponement of the official Star Wars Celebration fan convention scheduled for August, 2020 in Anaheim California, a group of fans leapt into action to create FORCEFEST, an on-line event that will bring the fandom together leveraging streaming platforms while raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The virtual conference will be held on the GetVokl platform and will take place on August 28-30, to coincide with the dates that Star Wars Celebration 2020 was to be held.

“Star Wars Celebration has always been a huge part of Star Wars fandom,” said Sarah Woloski, one of the event’s organizers. “Fans gather from all over the world to celebrate the Star Wars saga and meet up with new and old friends. We knew we could use technology to mimic that feel virtually.”

FORCEFEST will stream in six different themed “stages” on the GetVokl platform covering Content Creators, A Virtual Meetup “Cantina Lounge,” Interviews and Discussions, Live Action, Comics/Animation/Books, and a Miscellaneous stage. On these tracks, fans will be able to view streamed video versions of various fan-created podcasts that register to be a virtual presenter or host. [REGISTRATION LINK]

“The Star Wars fandom has always been active online creating their own content out of love for the saga,” said David Jesse of Tatooine Sons, one of the organizing shows. “FORCEFEST will create a larger platform for shows of all themes and sizes to share their unique brand of streaming in a shared environment.”

One of the objectives of FORCEFEST: Celebrating The Saga is to give the opportunity for all voices in the Star Wars fandom to be heard. The organization committee has made a commitment to providing a platform for diverse hosts and topics in a family-friendly environment. Application for participation as a show host or volunteer is open now at forms.gle/h3Br82ebAFx6Jr… and https://forms.gle/KFZYm1ZBEpVchJnY9 respectively. Registration closes on August 1, 2020.

We’d love for you to share the news and link with your readers and social media followers. Below is the official social media and additional assets you can share to your channels using #ForceFest2020.

Instagram: @forcefestsaga | Twitter: @ForceFestSaga | Facebook: ForceFest

Stay tuned as we will be bringing all the news from ForceFest as it develops on the run in to the event weekend.

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