Grab your best imaginary horse and a couple of coconuts and join the “Nights of the Roundtable” as they seek the Holy Grail through a sing-along as Britishfest kicks off Friday. The “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” event will be one of many attractions during the three-day festival.
If a galaxy far, far away is more your thing, check out “Star Wars: The Musical” Friday. The live stage show will feature song and humor.
There is a lot to see hear and check out at the three-day event, beginning Friday at Council Bluffs’ Mid-America Center. Friday’s events run 1 p.m.-Midnight, Saturday 10 a.m.-Midnight and Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The festival features panel discussions, exhibits, vendors, photo and autograph session with celebrities, as well as cosplayers and people watching.
Actors scheduled to attend include Adrian Paul, Simon Becker-Fisher and Mark Ryan.
Paul is best known as “Duncan MacLeod” in the “Highlander” series. He has appeared in numerous movies and television series, including “Charmed,” “Relic Hunter” and “Tides of War.” He starred in “Tracker,” as Cole/Daggon.
Paul will be at Britishfest on Saturday and Sunday, leading panels, posing for pictures and signing autographs.
Fisher-Becker may be best known as Dorium in “Doctor Who” and Fat Friar in the “Harry Potter” series.
Fisher-Becker will conduct a free comedy show July 12th, “My Dalek has a Puncture.”
Ryan has voiced Bumblebee, Jetfire and Lockdown in the “Transformers” movie series. He has appeared onscreen recently as Gates in “Black Sails.”
Bill Breuer is a renowned Doctor Who look-alike. He looks strikingly similar to the second Doctor.
J. Tullos Hennig is another guest author scheduled to appear at Britishfest. Hennig is known as the writer of a fantasy series of books highlighting Robin Hood – “Shirewode” and the soon-to-be released “Winterwode” among the stories.
In addition to guest authors and movie/TV actors, movie and TV props will make an appearance at Britishfest.
The front of 221B Baker Street from “Sherlock” will be on hand for viewing.
The Tardis console will be available to check out.
Omaha artist Jared Slogger will have his artwork available for viewing. He owns Blue Tiger Studios, and is a freelance graphic designer. His artwork will include Doctor Who – and Star Wars-based designs.
“Traveling the Vortex” will visit Britishfest, with panels and interviews planned. The online folks also plan a podcast from Britishfest.
Want to be the captain of your own bridge? You may get the chance when you visit the Artemis Bridge set at the festival.
Saturday night will feature a Steampunk Ball, from 9 pm-midnight. The event should provide onlookers a great chance to see some dynamite steampunk costumes and characters.
If you are a Hobbit or Lord of the Rings fan, check out the panels on learning to speak Elvish. Asuan Johnson will lead the panels.
If you are heading out to Britishfest this coming weekend, we may see you. Our camera will be busy clicking photos of a lot of cosplayers and Steampunk characters.
Please visit www.britishfest.weebly.com for confirming schedule as subject to change, Cosplay event rules or to purchase tickets.
Note: Please note that unless identified as a photo by The Walking Tourists, all other photos are courtesy of Britishfest.