Star Wars Fans Gathered At Jaya One For The Biggest Celebration After 2 Years Hiatus

The fans of Star Wars re-gathered after 2 years of…
By: Aqilah Najwa Jamaluddin
May 31, 2022

The Force was strong with Jaya One and Star Wars Malaysia Fan Club (SWMFC) on 28 & 29 May 2022 as Star Wars fans gathered in full force for the biggest in-person Star Wars fan convention since Covid-19 – a community event that encourages a sense of belonging and creative roleplay among fans, as well as to celebrate the increased diversity in the Star Wars universe.

Named ‘This Is The May – Nar Shaddaa Day’, the event gathered Star Wars fans from all walks of life to honour May as the month of Star Wars and to welcome the exclusive debut of a new Disney+ limited series “Obi-Wan Kenobi” launching on 27 May 2022. In conjunction with the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2022 happening during the same weekend in the US, ‘This Is The May – Nar Shaddaa Day’ is the unofficial Malaysia-level Star Wars convention for fans of all ages to come together and commemorate the cultural phenomenon.

Some of the highlights of the 2-day event included an immersive Star Wars Fan Art Exhibition by Greg Bain, previews of the new Disney+ limited Series “Obi-Wan Kenobi”, lightsaber demonstrations and schools, exclusive Star Wars Celebration 2022 merchandise by Sheldonet Toy Store, lightsaber customisation by Sabertrio, a Star Wars X-Wing tournament organised by the Star Wars X-Wing and Armada Malaysia group, lively fandom panel discussions by the various fan groups in attendance, and a professional photo booth service by Studio Suiz.

Safeguarding the unique traditional wayang kulit artistry of Malaysia, a total of 4 performances saw families and fans share in the joy of watching a fusion wayang kulit show comprising traditional wayang kulit infused with characters from the Star Wars movies. Championed by an award-winning Fusion Wayang Kulit team, the performance showcased Pak Dain, a master puppeteer, or the 13th accredited ‘Tok Dalang‘ of traditional wayang kulit in Kelantan.

Revelling in the excitement of new movies, television shows, and merchandise, while also commemorating the vast history of the Star Wars universe, ‘This Is The May – Nar Shaddaa Day’ was a massive spectacle for every kind of Star Wars fan – including Star Wars Malaysia Alliance fan group members and vendors displaying and trading Star Wars collectibles, cosplayers engaging the patrons, Star Wars themed contests for adults and children, a fusion wayang kulit performance that fuses the traditional puppetry with pop culture and sci-fi elements, a puppet-making workshop featuring limited-edition Stormtrooper and Grogu puppets, and a petting zoo to provide an interactive, up-close experience for all attendees.

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