Saturday, April 7, 2018

Meet Albin Johnson & R2-KT at Star Wars Day's May the 4th Festival 2018 in Singapore

Albin Johnson, R2-KT and some members of 501st Legion

May the 4th - the Star Wars-iest event of the year - is back. The festival is organized by Esprimo and a group of local Star Wars fans, with the support of the Singapore Tourism Board, and will be held at the F1 Pit Building on May 4th & May 5th 

Last year's May the 4th extravaganza was held at the Gardens by the Bay, which featured Disney Park's Kylo Ren and Chewbacca, as well as a scintillating Star Wars-themed light show at the Supertree Grove. If you missed the party last year, come join the fan community for a weekend of nerdy fun and camaraderie.

In fact, you might get to meet an actual movie star! The pink astromech droid R2-KT will be in Red Dot Island just for the festivities. She is already on her way here!





If you don't already know, R2-KT can be spotted at the D'Qar Resistance base in "The Force Awakens", and "Clone Wars" the animated series. She also has a unique origin story. R2-KT was built to keep Albin's late daughter, Katie Johnson company. The little girl was diagnosed with brain cancer and since her passing, R2-KT has helped spread awareness of pediatric illness in memory of Katie, and has helped raised millions of dollars for charity.

Albin Johnson, the founder of costuming group 501st Legion, is also a special guest at May the 4th. Both Albin and R2-KT are really excited to meet the fans at the festival. They will be roving around the event grounds from 4 PM on May 4th and 2 PM on may 5th! Red Dot Diva cannot wait for a chance to say hi to them!




What else can fans enjoy during the May 4th celebrations?

Here are some exciting stuff happening during the 2-day festival:

- Band performances by fan group "Dark Empire"

- Appearances by Red Dot Diva's favouritest bunch of bicepstous people - the 501st Legion SG Garrison and Cathar Base - Rebel Legion. Their march ins will be at 7 PM on May 4th, and 1 PM & 7:30 PM on May 5th.

- Fightsaber performances - another of Red Dot Diva's favourite things to watch.
They are scheduled for 7 PM and 2:30 PM & 8 PM on May 5th

- Movie Screening under the stars at 8:30 PM on May 4th, and 9 PM on May 5th.

- Pewtersmithing workshop by Royal Selangor. Each session run for 30 minutes and the workshops are held from 3 PM to 11 PM each day. This is available for first 200 registrants at SGD 50 per person or SGD 80 for 2. Each participant will learng how to create a personalized pewter dish and take home a special edition Star Wars Run Singapore 2018 dish.

- Kids Jedi Academy Lightsaber Workshop. Younglings and padawans will learn how to wield the lightsaber at 8 PM on May 4th and 3 PM on May 5th.

- Royal Selangor’s Snap, Post & Win contest. Take a selfie of yourself wearing a Star Wars outfit at the photo wall located at Royal Selangor’s booth. Post the photo on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #StarWarsXRoyalSelangor, and the most creative entry stands to nab this gorgeous pewter Millennium Falcon (worth S$850)!




- Other activities will include the Band of Doodlers, photo opportunities, display of over 500 Star Wars vintage and modern toys, kids fashion parade (pre-registration happens on-site), and more. Red Dot Diva expects that there will also be booths selling collectibles and food items (those yummy Star Wars cookies!) with proceeds given to charity.



STAR WARS RUN on May 5th


The festivities will wrap up with the Star Wars Run, which was launched for its first time last year.

In this year's edition, there will three categories, giving a chance for various age groups to participate in the run. Participants can align to the Light Side or Dark Side, and there will be engagement zones for each route.

If you have not signed up yet, do note that registration closes on April 13th! For more information about the run, the different categories, rates, entitlement and its prizes, go to www.starwarsrun.sg. Those who have registered for the run are also able to purchase special limited edition goodies online, like umbrellas, pins as well as lightsabers and Golden Village's "Solo: A Star Wars Story" collectible movie card combo.


There will be lots to see and do at the festival grounds, and admission is FREE.
If you are a Star Wars fans, this is a weekend that you simply cannot miss. Best of all, you will never feel alone if you decide to dress up in your Star Wars costumes and gear!

Red Dot Diva will definitely be in uber fangirl mode at the festival. See you there!

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Date: May 4th & 5th
Venue: F1 Pit Building
Time: 4th May: 3pm - 11pm; 5th May: 11am - 11pm
Admission: Free of charge (unless registering for the Star Wars Run)




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