Can you feel the Force?

The organisers hope to engage a domestic and international audience

MAY the 4th be with you – and it certainly will be from the Skellig Coast as the area gets set to host the annual fun-filled Star Wars themed festival.

This year, however, it will a celebration with a difference as all activities will take place online in keeping with Covid-19 restrictions.

The four-day online celebration will feature over 100 fan-made Star Wars films with over 200 million YouTube hits and interviews with some of the directors from all over the world.

The organisers hope to engage a domestic and international audience and, in the process, encourage them to return to Skellig Coast next year when travel is back on the agenda.

The festival celebrates Star Wars and the links between Kerry and the
renowned movie franchise

Online events will include a costume showcase, interactive sessions in coding, graphic design and animation, competitions, panel discussions and a bumper Star Wars quiz with proceeds going to the Irish Cancer Society.

Also featured will be what promises to be an engaging series of online interviews with participants including Andrea Wickman Miller, one of young stars of Star Wars: A New Hope, Rogue Comics Ireland artist and writer Wayne Talbot, Dr John Donaldson who has taught pop-culture and philosophy courses at Glasgow University over a number of years, Julie Dolan who has played Princess Leia in a number of Star Wars projects and Padawan 2 director Jesper Tonne.

The festival celebrates the blockbuster movies and the links between Kerry and the renowned movie franchise. Ireland’s Star Wars journey, which began in Portmagee, in 2014, has spanned some 2,000kms of the Wild Atlantic Way – from the south-western Skellig islands to Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head.

The beauty of Skellig Michael was introduced to the world when Rey finally tracked down the long-lost Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Festival organiser, Oonagh Walsh, said the organising committee has had fantastic buy-in from local businesses with some fantastic prizes are on offer for a number of fun competitions for adults and families.

“This festival has massive potential for the Skellig Coast area and this online format allows us to reach a global audience and show the world what the Skellig Coast has to offer even during a time of limited international travel,” she said.

Follow the festival on www.maythe4thbewithyoufestival.com or on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/COK0rLLn3_Q/?igshid=y06c2xlb2wpf