May the fourth be with you!

Star Wars Day, May 4th is an informal celebration of the Star Wars movie franchise. It is a commemorative day that was chosen for the pun on the catchphrase "May the Force be with you" as "May the Fourth be with you".

2021 is the 44th anniversary of the first Star Wars movie “Episode IV A New Hope”, which opened in cinemas in 1977. 

At State Library of Queensland we celebrated this day by getting out our favourite Star Wars related posters from the John Oxley Library collection. These posters were collected to document Queensland events such as the popular Supanova pop culture convention held annually in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.  Posters chosen include pictures of Chewbacca and advertisements for a Star Wars fan night known as the Empire Skanksback at the Buffalo Club, Fortitude Valley.

Supanova pop culture expo. Brisbane convention & exhibition centre. November 27, 28 and 29. Collection of posters on festivals and celebrations. Set 2. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

Supanova pop culture expo. Gold Coast Convention & exhibition centre. April 5-6. Collection of posters on festivals and celebrations. Set 3. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. 

The Empire skanksback. HPT MUS 917, Buffalo Club, and Polymorph Productions. 2004.

Promotional poster for performances by Blowhard, Wiseacre, Back-door Stomp, Community Cervix, and Suffragettes, Saturday 10th July at The Redroom at the Buffalo Club, Constance Street, Fortitude Valley. Features stylised 'Star Wars' characters.

We are seeking more Queensland big event material such as photographs, poster and ephemera to add to our collection. If you have any of these items that you would like to donate, please contact the John Oxley Library via our email: qldmemory@slq.qld.gov.au

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