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 on Footscray for the Festival the public have a unique opportunity to meet, learn from, and exchange ideas with a wealth of local and international talent.
Come see some of Australia's finest blacksmiths get creative with red hot metal. Be nice and they might hand you a demo piece!
World renowned Canadian blacksmith Jake James is coming to Australia, teaming up with Ben Beams, Pete Mattila and Will Maguire to co-create a sculpture during the festival. Join a team.
Ages 7-10 have the opportunity to work with copper 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
Hand forged is the new black. At this years’ Festival you’ll be inspired by an eclectic mix of metal art and hand-forged homewares by local and interstate blacksmiths. Come to the festival and pickup something unique and wonderful for your regular (or occasional) squeeze.
Live music, Food Trucks
And outdoor bar
Live music by local band Babaganoush and other musicians wandering the festival site and creating a musical backdrop to the clanging of hammer and anvil. Bluebonnet BBQ are bringing their vintage food truck Mabel towing their impressive hand-built smoker. Wash down delicious BBQ meats at our outdoor bar including local beer from Two Birds brewery. We’ll be kept awake for it all by our favourite coffee served up by the friendliest local barista Moe.