27-28 April 2019
Melbourne

Are you coming?

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Features

 

In the lead up to the two public festival days guest blacksmiths from Australia, Canada and the USA will be offering workshops. More information and bookings here.

If you’re a beginner or veteran blacksmith join us for a dinner and Pecha Kutcha night at the Plough Hotel in Footscray on Friday night 26 April, to kick off the Festival! Book now.

As blacksmiths of all interests and backgrounds converge at Footscray for the Festival, the public will have a unique opportunity to meet, learn, and exchange ideas with a wealth of local and international talent.

 

 

artist Blacksmiths
in action

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

collaborative team sculpture

World renowned Canadian blacksmith Jake James is coming to Australia, teaming up with Ben Beames, Pete Mattila and Will Maguire to co-create a sculpture during the festival.

 

Come along, don a leather apron and experience the exhilaration that comes from traditional forging using coke fires, german anvils and hammers, available both days. (SOLD OUT)


 

Kids forging

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All ages up to 12 have the opportunity to work with soft metal in a special fire-free kids zone under the watchful eye of our own BFG Kim Kershaw. No experience necessary but parental supervision a must. No need to sign up – just come along and give it a whack!

hand forged metal
art for sale

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Hand forged is the new black. At this years Festival you’ll be presented with an eclectic mix of Australian metal art and hand-forged homewares. Come on down and pickup something unique and wonderful for your regular (or occasional) squeeze.

If you are interested in having a stall at the 2019 Blacksmiths Festival complete and return this form and return it to lisa@blacksmithsfestival.com.

Live music, Food Trucks
And outdoor bar

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Live music Saturday by Good Gracious at 11:30-1:30, Shiraz at 2:00-4:00 and Babaganoush at 5:00-7:00. PJ Lazy Cat spinning vinyl throughout! Bluebonnet BBQ will be smoking meats and Sam’s Woodfired Pizza saucing up a storm. Wash down all this deliciousness with a local beer from Two Birds brewery, and wine from Helen & Joey Estate at our outdoor bar or be served an awesome coffee by Moe, the friendliest barista in the West.

 

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 and present the public with an opportunity to experience the magic that happens when forging red hot steel!
 


 
 
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Blacksmithing, romanticism and fire

Mastering the traditional process of forging hot steel requires one to not only manage a fire but also to carefully watch the steel until it is ready to be forged. That moment when steel yields it strength and becomes plastic and lets itself be transformed in limitless ways, that is the moment when one must strike.  For many, the fundamentally simple process touches a primal chord that rings true in an increasingly complex world.  

 

WHERE

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Saturday 27th April 10am - 11pm

Sunday 28th April - 10am - 4pm

60 Maribyrnong St, Footscray

Free Entry

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