News / Community / Social / 24th March 2022
Star Wars festival fast approaching
In a country town far, far away from anywhere else, a small, but determined rebel group is using the force to fight back against the dark side.
The resistance fighters (organisers of the Dark Sky Awaken’s Festival - David Hunter, Julie Shinton and Steve Turner) have had their mission thwarted four times by the darkness that has swept across the globe.
However, plans to host one of the biggest movie homage celebrations for the Star Wars franchise are finally coming to life.
Those in charge are adamant the dark side will be defeated and the event will go ahead this year on 7-8 May, albeit following NSW Health guidelines.
Storm troopers, Jedi, princesses, Siths, droids, Nightsisters and even the odd Wookie are set to make an appearance.
The festival will celebrate all things Star Wars and what a better place and atmosphere to do it than in Coonabarabran - the Astronomy Capital of Australia.
Rebel co-leader, Dave Hunter said there would be a range of Star Wars themed events and entertainment over the weekend, from lessons in how to use a lightsaber to laser tag, bands and of course cos play (dress-ups).
He said it was largely a family-friendly spectacle that will culminate on the Sunday with a dress-up fun run.
“It really will be a fun weekend for all the family, with activities for most age groups to get involved in.
“After the disappointment of the last couple of years we’ve decided to just kick off the inaugural event a bit smaller than what was originally planned, but with the goal of building on it next year.
“May the force be with us.”
The highlight of the weekend will be the The Dark Sky Awakens Intergalactic Cabaret, including a three-course meal and entertainment from the “Starman” himself - Jeff Duff and his band, BowieUnzipped.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit darkskyawakensfestival.com.au