Donostia, world capital of a solidarity event of ‘Star Wars’

Donostia will host on November 26 and 27 the global solidarity event of the film saga ‘Star Wars’, ‘Pink Force Day’, with the participation of Albin Johnson, founder of the Star Wars Legion 501st fan association and that will honor the Gipuzkoa Blood Donors Association.

This quote organized by The Pink Force Foundation It has the collaboration and backing of the Basque Government Department of Tourism and Commerce, the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa and the Donostia City Council, as well as the Gipuzkoa Association of Blood Donors.

The initiative, which is celebrated for the first time in the world, has been presented at a press conference at the City Hall San Sebastian with the presence of the mayor of the city, Eneko Goia; the regional deputy for Economic Promotion of Gipuzkoa, Jabier Larrañaga; the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Commerce of the Basque Government, Jesús García de Cos; the president of the Gipuzkoa Blood Donors Association, Sabin Urcelay; and the president of The Pink Force Foundation, Andoni Serrano.

At the event Albin Johnson, founder of the 501st Legion will attend, international Star Wars fan association with over 14,000 members internationally. Likewise, it will stop in the capital of Gipuzkoa to participate in the event British actress Samantha Alleyne known for being the first female ‘Stormtrooper’ (member of the stormtroopers) in Star Wars, and who has appeared in all five films of the saga in the Disney era.

The acts will begin on Friday 26th with a photocall and an exhibition with free admission at the Miramar Palace. The assistants they will be able to pose with life-size figures from the movie ‘Star Wars’. At half past six at the Hotel María Cristina there will be a photocall with Stormtroopers and at seven Albin Johnson will be escorted to the Victoria Eugenia Theater.

At half past seven there will be a solidarity concert of the Orchestra and the Philharmonic Choir at the Victoria Eugenia Theater in favor of the Association of Blood Donors of Gipuzkoa. Tickets for the concert can be purchased at the Theater box office Victoria Eugenia or on the Donostia Kultura website.

On Saturday 27 from 10:30 in the morning to 2:00 in the afternoon there will be a photocall and exhibition at the Miramar Palace. At five o’clock a solidarity march (parade), from the Miramar Palace to the San Sebastián City Hall with more than two hundred characters from the ‘Star Wars’ saga.

Participants come from countries like Switzerland, England, France, Italy, Holland, Germany, or Portugal, in addition to Spain. Children from the Galactic Academy Association and representatives of associations receiving blood donation will also participate in the parade, as well as the donors themselves.

At six o’clock in the afternoon there will be a tribute to the Association of Blood Donors of Gipuzkoa and a photocall on the terrace of the Town Hall.

The president of the Gipuzkoa Blood Donors Association, Sabin Urcelay, recalled that in the more than 55 years of operation of the Gipuzkoan entity “there are more than 100,000 donors who have collaborated, making more than 1,250,000 donations” .

“Next November 26 and 27 we hope to reach the youngest thanks to the strength of Star Wars, since it is important for our Association to renew the pool of donors, both to keep the number of donations stable and for the quality of the plasma obtained. “, he pointed out.

For his part, from the Foundation, its president Andoni Serrano has encouraged Gipuzkoan citizens to participate and be part of a “historic” event.

Goia, stressed that “for Donostia it is a great honor to host this fascinating meeting” and recalled that the Gipuzkoan capital “also has a very close relationship with this saga”, since it hosted the European premiere of the first ‘Star Wars film ‘inside the 1977 Zinemaldia. 42 years later, in 2019, the same theater again hosted the premiere of the latest’ Star Wars’ movie.

García de Cos explained that “the impulse of MICE tourism is an important axis in the Basque tourism strategy for various reasons, due to its ability to attract tourists, 12% of those who visit us do so for events of all kinds and from The government wants it to continue growing, and because it encourages a double seasonal adjustment both during the week and throughout the year and because of the positioning of the destination. “

Larrañaga has pointed out that Gipuzkoa is “a territory open to the world and in solidarity” and this initiative “combines these two aspects”, so “for the Provincial Council it is a pleasure to have been able to collaborate in its development”.

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Donostia, world capital of a solidarity event of ‘Star Wars’