Czech Star Wars Universe
Czech Star Wars Page
With the new Star Wars movie coming out, everyone is talking about the popular movie series. But the more hard-core fans haven’t stopped talking about it since March 10th 1997. That was the day that Aleš Ptáček founded the Czech Star Wars Universe, and together with his friends and fans they built a platform for everything connected to Star Wars: special editions, music, books, computer games, episodes and a lot more.
While the page is in Czech, it’s easy to navigate using the Google website translate tool. Czech Star Wars Universe is a great portal from anyone who wants to learn more about Star Wars and join a community of fans. This page promotes Star Wars related events and shows, such as the musical show that will be held in the Rudolfinum this month.
STAR WARS: a musical show is an orchestral concert featuring music from the first six movies. The music will be accompanied by video-mapping and the concert will be held on December 22nd at 20:00. The concert is a way to celebrate the premier of the new Star Wars movie: Episode VII – The Force Awakens that premiers in Prague on the 17th of December.
Czech Star Wars Universe offers reviews of the movies, books and TV-show as well as a community page. This page gathers the fans at events such as the Festival Fantazie (Fantasy Festival) held annually in July. This festival has been the biggest pop-culture festival in the Czech Republic since 1996. It features video games, board and card games, dance and music games and everything from sci-fi, technology to horror and myths.
The festival hosts contests, tournaments, workshops and so much more. The website, available in English, also lists other events that relate to pop-culture including specific events for individual movies and games that will certainly please fans.
The community however is more than just about fun and games. As a tightly knit community, the members of CSWU share more than just a passion for Star Wars. A heartbreaking but heartwarming post from November shared the story of Daniel Fleetwood, who had been a Star Wars fan since childhood.
In 2012, Daniel was diagnosed with cancer and after battling it for several years, the doctors had bad news for him. In June 2015 he was told that he only has two months to live and his dream of seeing Star Wars Episode VII fell to pieces. His wife, Ashley, along with some friends contacted Disney studios, Lucasfilm and even J.J. Abrams to convince them to let Daniel see the movie before his death. After #ForceforDaniel swept Twitter and got noticed by Mark Hamill and John Boyega, Daniel’s dream came true. He became the first fan who got to see an uncut version of the movie five days before he died.
On a more positive note, the Czech Star Wars Universe Facebook page has over 3,000 fans and offers regular interesting posts about the unspoiled reactions about the new movie from the first 50 people who saw it at the LA premier on December 14th as well as announcements about of Force Friday. Although the page itself is in Czech, there are many articles and videos in English that may help bring expat Star Wars fans closer to their Czech counterparts.
If this still isn’t enough Star Wars for you, then you may consider becoming converting to Jediism. This is no joke, as Jediism is the 7th largest religion in the UK and has over 5,000 followers in the U.S. While a lot of people who sign up for the Jedi church as a joke or because of curiosity or boredom, many are very serious and committed. John Henry Phelan, who according to the Daily Mail, runs the most trafficked Jedi church website, considered himself a serious Jedi.
Maybe we could all learn a bit from Star Wars and the Jedi. After all, the beliefs of Jediism are down to Earth and uphold the following ideals:
- In the Force, and in the inherent worth of all life within it.
- In the sanctity of the human person. We oppose the use of torture and cruel or unusual punishment, including the death penalty.
- In a society governed by laws grounded in reason and compassion, not in fear or prejudice.
- In a society that does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or circumstances of birth such as gender, ethnicity and national origin.
- In the ethic of reciprocity, and how moral concepts are not absolute but vary by culture, religion, and over time.
- In the positive influence of spiritual growth and awareness on society.
- In the importance of freedom of conscience and self-determination within religious, political and other structures.
- In the separation of religion and government and the freedoms of speech, association, and expression.
Czech Star Wars Universe
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