School holidays and gift ideas just got a whole lot easier with this cult following exhibit we came across recently!  The exhibition has been well received since opening in November and there’s a series of activities that have been unveiled just in time for the upcoming school holiday season.
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THE EXHIBITION:
STAR WARS Identities is designed for visitors of all ages and uses technology and expertise in the fields of neuropsychology, psychology, and biochemistry, interwoven with a collection of over 200 original artefacts, costumes, and props from the Lucasfilm archives, to lead Star Wars fans on a personal Identity Quest.

Guests can create heir own unique Star Wars character as they progress through a series of interactive stations, finally meeting their Star Wars alter ego upon completion of the exhibit.

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Developed and produced by X3 Productions in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd and the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the exhibition has been secured exclusively for Sydney by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, in partnership with the Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences (MAAS).
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SCHOOL HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS:
The next generation of Jedi knights can be entertained these school holidays with a series of fun activities from making their own androids to creating top motion films with the characters they create.   This special limited edition series runs from the 17 December 2018 through to 24 January 2019:

littleBits Droid Inventor: Ever wanted to build your very own R2-D2 or C-3PO? This workshop will introduce kids to innovative design tool littleBits, with easily snap together working lights, switches and buzzers to build their own droids. Kids will also learn about Artificial Intelligence, and what it really means to be a robot. 17 Dec 2018, 7, 17, 24 Jan 2019 @ 10am -4pm (Ages 7 – 8).

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Star Wars Special Effects: Create your own signature sound effect for a special power of your own! In this workshop, recreate classic special effects using creative cloud and other technologies, and learn how certain sounds are crucial to the identities of their favourite characters. 18 Dec 2018, 3, 10, 14 Jan 2019 @ 10am – 4pm (Ages 11 – 13).
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Craft Wars: Let your inner craft-maker travel to a galaxy far, far away and let their imaginations go wild. Armed with thermoplastics, cutter printers, articulated joints and mechanisms, participants will create their own Star Wars identity from scratch in this exciting workshop. 19 Dec 2018, 3, 7, 16, 21 Jan 2019 @ 10am -4pm(Ages 8 – 10).

Cosplay Design Principles: What’s a great character without their own signature item? From lightsabers to personalised emblems, this workshop will guide kids through designing and crafting their own personalized props based on the Star Wars universe. Using thermoplastics and heat guns, participants can take their newly- created designs home with them. 8, 22 Jan 2019 @ 10am -4pm (Ages 10 – 12).

Stop Motion Extravaganza: This one-day workshop will guide kids through storyboarding their own film, then bringing it to life using paper, clay, and Star Wars Lego. Learning stop-motion animation techniques popularized by the Wallace and Gromit film series. The skills they gain will be transferrable to any stop animation software, and clay characters can be taken home. 11, 15, 22 Jan 2019 @ 10am -4pm (Ages 7 – 9).

An action packed season of self discovery and creation awaits at Powerhouse, but beware,  as Yoda says, “Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny!  May the force be with all of you this holiday season!

Joseph Lloyd
Photo Credits:  LucasFilms

TICKETS:
What: STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition
When: Now open until  10 June 2019
Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
Price:  $23 Child, $32 Concession, $36 Adult and $95 Family
(includes general admission)
Website: https://ma.as/starwarsidentities

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