From April 30th to May 2nd Europe’s biggest Star Trek and Sci-Fi convention will take place in Bonn, Germany. Around 5,000 fans will meet over 20 guests, including Trek stars Michael Dorn, Terry Farrell, and Nicole de Boer. There will also be another attempt to break the Star Trek fans in costume record (on the same day as the attempt at Vulcan Con in FL). Details below.
DS9 stars and Trek activities are highlights of 2010 FedCon
The Star Trek line-up for this year’s FedCon XIX is headed by Star Trek: Deep Space 9’s Terry Farrell, who will make her first-ever appearance at a German convention, and Michael Dorn, who will return to FedCon after his first visit ten years ago. Also present will be Farrell’s DS9 successor as Dax, Nicole de Boer. The three actors will, in addition to their individual panels, hold a joint panel on Sunday. DS9 recurring actor Chase Masterson will also be on hand. James Darren was originally going to appear as well, but it was just announced that he had to cancel.
With Dorn, Farell, de Boer and Masterson, of Deep Space Nine will see many of their favorite stars at FedCon XIX
Martha Hackett, Suzie Plakson, Manu Intiraymi and Harry Groener complete the list of Trek guests. Continuing the successful blending of franchises that started in 2008, FedCon again has announced a couple of actors from Battlestar Galactica for this year: Luciana Carro, Aaron Douglas, Kandyse McClure and Tahmoh Penikett will meet their fans in Bonn. Additional guests include Buffy’s James Masters, David Hewlett from Stargate Atlantis and Gareth David-Lloyd (Torchwood). The complete list of guest stars can be found at FedCon.de.
Hackett, Plakson Groener and Intiraymi headed to Germany for 2010 FedCon
The star panels and autograph sessions will be complemented by a range of other activities throughout the 3-day event. Fans who actively engage in their hobby Star Trek in some form will meet for a special session on Friday. On the same day, Phase II executive producer James Cawley will answer other fans’ questions and show rough cuts of the upcoming Phase II episodes "Enemy: Starfleet" and "The Child". Fans can attend a panel on Klingon opera on Friday, enjoy a costume contest on Saturday and hit the dance floor on both evenings. Teams of fans will, joined by some of the guest stars, compete on the Nintendo Wii for the title of FedLympics champion 2010 on all three days. The full program is available at Fedcon.de.
James Cawley to preview two Phase II episodes at 2010 FedCon
Another Costume Record Breaking Attempt
On Saturday, May 1, Trek fans in Bonn will attempt to break the official Guinness World Record for the “largest gathering of people dressed as Star Trek characters” – only a few hours before a similar attempt takes place in Tampa, Florida. The attempt is organized by FedCon staff but fans do not have to be convention visitors in order to participate. Costumes have to be in line with Trek canon in order to count officially.
The world record attempt will take place next to the Maritim Hotel Bonn, the convention venue, at 1:00 PM local time (7:00 AM EST). Star Trek expert Richard Arnold will act as an arbiter on costume authenticity and a member of the Maritim Hotel’s management will serve as a neutral witness.
Tickets available on site for FedCon
FedCon XIX takes place in Bonn, Germany from Friday, April 30 till Sunday, May 2. Online ticket sale is already closed but fans can still buy tickets on-site at the convention weekend. A full weekend pass costs 99 Euro, entrance on Saturday is 49 Euro, tickets for either Friday or Sunday are available for 40 Euro. More info at FedCon.de
Henning Koonert, TrekMovie’s new German correspondent, is one of the managers for The TrekZone Network, a leading German Star Trek website (and TrekMovie.com partner). Henning will be reporting from FedCon XIX, so look for more updates.