27-28 April 2019
Melbourne

Are you coming?

 

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Features

 

artist Blacksmiths
in action

Come see some of Australia's finest blacksmiths get creative with red hot metal. Be nice and they might hand you a demo piece!

Special visit by
international blacksmith

Flown over from somewhere, they've got some amazing things to show you. Stay tuned.

Give it a go
total beginners

Come along, don a leather apron and experience the exhilaration that comes from traditional forging using coke fires, german anvils and hammers ($25/30min session), available both days.


Fire on the water
boom

Get down and watch Maribyrnong's Mayor gingerly ignite a fireball from the depths of the Maribyrnong River - Saturday 5pm. Not kidding, 40ft of fireball - no swimming with the fireball.

hand forged metal
art for sale

Hand forged is the new black. Come to the festival and pickup something unique and wonderful for your regular (or occasional) squeeze. 

Live music
food and drinks

Live music by local bands, food trucks and drinks (incl. some amazing Belgian and local beers from Two Birds brewery) all day, every day (2 days)!

Timetable and full details to come

About

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Blacksmiths Festival 2019

Headed up by the Waterside Blacksmithing and Metal Art Association (WBMAA), the festival is supported at its core by the Maribyrnong City Council, Waterside Metal Art Studio and a swash of volunteers, sponsors and experts in the field. The primary objective of the festival is to encourage fellowship and creativity within the Australian and International blacksmithing and metal artist community.

Our focus is aimed at bringing not just pot-bellied dudes with beards (although that tends to happen) but all of the community together to enjoy the process and products that result from the practice of artistic blacksmithing. During the festival there are opportunities for the public to experience the magic that comes from forging red hot metal!
 


 
 
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Blacksmithing, romanticism and fire

Mastering the traditional process of forging hot steel requires one not only manage a fire but also to carefully watch the colour of the steel until it reaches a forging temperature. It is then that one must strike, seizing that moment when steel yields its strength and moves to a plastic state where it can be transformed in limitless ways.   For many, this process is mesmerizing, romantic and touches on a primal chord that is difficult to find in our modern day world.  

 

WHERE

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Saturday 27th April 10am - 11pm

Sunday 28th May - 10am - 4pm

60 Maribyrnong St, Footscray

Free Entry

Come and join us, we'd love to see you.