Celebrate 50 years of the final frontier in Birmingham with Destination Star Trek Europe
Star Trek turns 50 this year, and with a new movie imminent – not to mention next year’s TV revival – this year’s Destination Star Trek Europe will be something special.
Birmingham NEC plays host to the three-day event which boasts a seriously impressive list of guests – chief among them the irrepressible William Shatner. His talk is bound to be the event highlight, and he will also be on hand for autographs and photos. The other headliner is Christopher Lloyd. Klingon Commander Kruge in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock – you may also have seen him in some obscure time travel flick called Back To The Future…
Shatner isn’t the only representative of the original series. He’ll have able support from Walter Koenig, one-man Buzzfeed George Takei, plus Eddie Paskey (Lieutenant Leslie) and Bobby Clark – the Gorn captain.
The Next Generation is equally well-served with Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis and geek culture maven Wil Wheaton all representing the Enterprise D. Both Dax actors from Deep Space 9 – Terry Farrell and Nicole de Boer – will be there (possibly even at the same time, which surely breaks some law of space and time) as will Armin Shimerman and Alexander Siddig, plus numerous stars of Voyager and Enterprise.
It’s not just about the guests though. The Klingon Zone celebrates Trek’s most famous alien race; you can have your photo taken on the bridge of the Enterprise D; and there will be a packed talk programme throughout, with two – “50 Years Not Out: Celebrating Star Trek’s Many Re-inventions” and “All Hail The 50 Year March of the Klingons” – included in the ticket price. There’ll also be a raft of parties where you can let your hair down and drink with other Trek fans – no word as yet if Romulan Ale and Klingon Bloodwine will be on the menu.
The name’s Kirk. James Kirk.
Whichever your favourite series, this is your chance to meet your heroes.