The largest Star Trek event in the world is ready to welcome fans from across the galaxy. Destination Star Trek Birmingham will take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, England, and it promises wall-to-wall Trek fun all weekend long, with star talks, screenings, presentations, exhibits, autograph and photograph opportunities, a museum, a world premiere and much, much more. Below are just a few of the highlights:
DST will welcome 50 guests, spanning from actors – including most of the Star Trek: Discovery cast – to authors, astronauts, producers, artists and more. And they’ll all be available for autographs and photo ops.
What We Left Behind
DST will host the Red Carpet World Premiere of the Deep Space Nine documentary What We Left Behind. It’ll take place on Saturday evening at the event and fans can walk the red carpet with many of the show’s stars. Once seated in the main auditorium, the producers will introduce the film -- with help from the DS9 cast. Red carpet festivities will begin at 6.15pm. The documentary should finish by 9.15pm, followed by a party at the Hilton. (Party ticket sold separately).
The fun doesn't stop when the hall closes. DST will host themed parties on Friday and Saturday nights at the nearby Hilton Birmingham Metropole. Friday night is the Being William Shatner Party. Will you come dressed as Kirk? Denny Crane? T.J. Hooker, The Big Giant Head -- or a creative mashup? Saturday is the Mirror Mirror Party, with appearances by Chase Masterson and Max Grodenchik, and a performance by the Enterprise Blues Band.
Retro Gaming Zone
Fancy playing some of your favorite old pinball and videogames? Well, here’s your chance. Forty games will be available to play, for free, all weekend long. DST will also have a dedicated board games area where you can play beloved games or maybe discover a new one. This area will also be free to play across all three days.
Want to sit back, relax and enjoy some of your favorite old Trek episodes? Then be sure to visit the Screening Room, where you can watch everything from “Space Seed” and “Trials and Tribble-ations” to “Our Man Bashir,” “The Xindi” and “Blink of an Eye.”
Star Trek: Discovery Mirror Universe Exhibit
At Destination Star Trek, you will have the special opportunity to see original props and costumes from Discovery’s Mirror Universe. These are being shipped over from the production and are heading straight back after, so you have to be there. This exhibit is free for attendees.
The Destination Star Trek Birmingham Cosplay Masquerade will be held at the NEC on Saturday, October 20. Cosplayers can book themselves a place by submitting an application form to enter the final. Visit the DST site for details about times, judging, prizes and more.
Special Photo Opps
DST will be the place to engage in a number of rare, cool photo opportunities. Be sure to look captain-like on the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, NCC-1701-D and Klingon bridges. And, DST will give fans the thrill of posing with several actors who’ll be back in their familiar visages, including Armin Shimerman as Quark, Aron Eisenberg as Nog, Max Grodenchik as Rom, Casey Biggs as Damar, Robert O'Reilly as Gowron. The surefire highlight: Shimerman, Grodenchik and Eisenberg all in costume for a Ferengi Family Photo.
Meet the Scientists
Trek has had a profound influence on many lives and inspired many viewers to pursue a life in science. So, DST has invited the European Space Agency (ESA) to the event. Over in The Science Zone, you can chat with them about all things space and their latest projects, see their models, and more. They’ll also present several panels – free for attendees -- each day throughout the weekend. Those on hand will include Erik Kuulkers, Janine Pforr, Andrea Boyd, Mario Cypko, Shahrzad Hosseini, Markus Landgraff, Richard Moissl and Aybi Demirsan.
Tickets for Destination Star Trek Birmingham and the full schedule are available at www.DestinationStarTrek.com. Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for highlights from the event and details about the best DSTB exclusives.