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About Echo Base Charity Con
What is Echo Base (Charity) Con?
Echo Base Charity Con is a 100% Star Wars event by fans, for fans with the goal of offering a day filled with entertainment and the raising of funds for charity.
Why is the event called Echo Base?
The name Echo Base is derived from the Star Wars movie The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and became the name of the Dutch Star Wars fan club Echo Base which was active between 2000 and 2004. During that time three conventions were organized: in 2001, 2002 en 2003. Logically, the name Echo Base Con(vention) was chosen. While the fan club no longer exists, we decided to continue with the name Echo Base Con for the new editions.
Who is organizing Echo Base Charity Con?
Echo Base Charity Con is being organized by the Echo Base Foundation, which was active earlier between 2000 and 2004. For more information about the foundation, please check here.
Why does it have Charity in the title?
The raising of funds for a charity has always been an important aspect of Echo Base Con. In 2002, 2003 and 2017, the proceeds respectively went to the Dutch Cancer Society, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and UNICEF. The proceeds of our 2019 edition will also go towards a charity.
Where and when does Echo Base Charity Con take place?
Echo Base Charity Con takes place on Saturday, December 21, 2019 from 10AM-7PM at Kinepolis Jaarbeurs Utrecht.
Why was the date of December 21 chosen?
The date of December 21 was not chosen by chance: that week, the last installment of the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, will debut in theaters.
Is the event suitable for all ages?
Echo Base Charity Con is an event suitable for the entire family! However, please do take into account that the sound levels might be somewhat loud during screenings at the main stage.
What kind of activities are there at Echo Base Charity Con?
In short: everything that has to do with Star Wars can be found at Echo Base Charity Con. Several guests who worked on the movies both off and on screen will be present/ During the panels you can learn more about their experiences in making the movies. Of course, you can meet our guests during the meet & greets. Thanks to fan groups such as the 501st Legion and the R2-D2 Builders Club you will come face to face with Stormtroopers, droids, rebels and other good & bad guys from the Star Wars universe. Or come dressed as your favorite character yourself! And of course you can purchase any kind of Star Wars merchandise at the numerous exhibitors.
Will there be signing sessions with the guests?
There are signing sessions planned for the majority of our guests. In most cases payment is required for getting autographs. The price is determined by our guests, but we aim to keep these prices as low as possible.
Do I have to bring something to get signed?
Our guests will have photos available for signing, but you are more than welcome to bring your own item to get signed.
Can I have my picture taken with the guests?
In many cases, this can be done at the table during the signing sessions. It is possible a fee may be required.
Do I have a guaranteed seat at a screening or panel?
Theatre 12 has 575 seats. Seats are available on a first come, first serve principle! If you want to be assured of a seat, please make sure you get there on time.
Is is possible to watch Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker at the event?
During Echo Base Con, an exclusive screening of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will take place with special guests from the film in attendance, including Lee Towersey (R2-D2) and Brian Herring (BB-8). Separate tickets are needed for this screening. You can find more information here. Throughout the day, Kinepolis has several regular screenings of The Rise of Skywalker. Check out the Kinepolis site for times.
When will the program be made available online?
Our goal is to publish the program two weeks in advance of the event. We will announce the activities leading up to that time. You can find them in the menu under [Program].
How can I purchase tickets?
Tickets are available through this page.
Can I buy tickets offline?
Unfortunately, it’s no longer possible to buy tickets offline. Primera has stopped selling physical tickets from July 1, 2019. Tickets can only be bought via this page.
Can I buy tickets on the day?
Should Echo Base Con 2019 not sell out in the pre-sale, tickets will be available at the door for € 25,00.
I’ve bought tickets via Paylogic, but have not received them yet. What do I do?
Do you have any questions about the (online) ticket sales? Then please contact the Paylogic Customer Service via customerservice.paylogic.com or call +31 20 700 9802.
I’ve bought tickets, but am now unable to go. Can I get a refund?
Unfortunately, it’s not possible to get a refund. You can safely resell your tickets via www.ticketswap.nl.
Is there a possibility to buy drinks and food?
Yes! During or after Echo Base Charity Con you can go to the ground floor of Kinepolis Jaarbeurs and visit Speys for a delightful lunch or dinner. Candies, sodas, crisps and other snacks are available in the Kinepolis Jaarbeurs store on the first floor. Just outside Kinepolis you can find Restaurant Ruig and Miyagi and Jones.
Can I bring my pet?
No, pets are not allowed, with the exception of Porgs.
Is the event accessible for wheelchairs?
Yes. Kinepolis Jaarbeurs has wheelchair spaces in every screening room. An elevator and accessible restrooms are also present.
Is Wi-Fi available?
Yes, Kinepolis Jaarbeurs offers complimentary Wi-Fi to all visitors. Registration may be required and availability cannot be guaranteed by Kinepolis or Stichting Echo Base.
Can I charge my phone/camera/laptop somewhere?
Yes, at Speys USB and power outlets are available.
Can I park my car at Kinepolis Jaarbeurs?
Around the Jaarbeurs there is ample parking space. P1 and P3 are located most favorably relative to Kinepolis Jaarbeurs. When parking for more than two hours you can make use of a reduced parking fee. Show your parking ticket at the register of Kinepolis Jaarbeurs to receive a reduced fee of 10 euro. When parking under two hours, the regular fee applies.
I have bought tickets via Paylogic, but I have yet to receive them? What should I do?
When in doubt if your order has gone through properly, you can always contact the customer service of Paylogic by phone via 0900-72956442, or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Can I pay with (credit/debit) card at Echo Base Con?
Some exhibitors accept cards, but not all. Please make sure you bring along enough cash. There is an ATM machine in the central hall of “Jaarbeurs” or at “Utrecht Centraal” railwaystation.
Is there a cloak room?
There is no cloak room in the venue.
Can I go outside the venue and back in?
After your ticket has been scanned, you will receive a wrist band. With the wrist band, you can move freely in and out of the venue. Please note: wrist bands are not transferable. If the wrist band is damaged or lost you will be charged the price of a day ticket (€ 25,-) if you want to gain re-entry to the event.
Can I promote my event?
During Echo Base Charity Con it is NOT permitted to advertise your event (for example by handing out flyers) without written permission from Stichting Echo Base. It is also not allowed to hand out flyers outside the venue, both on the private property of Kinepolis Jaarbeurs Utrecht as well in public space of gemeente Utrecht).