Lithgow: “Festival with a metal edge” explores life on Mars

The ``festival with a metal edge'' attracts more than 14,000 people to Lithgow each year. Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

The “festival with a metal edge” attracts more than 14,000 people to Lithgow each year. Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

By Lithgow Ironfest

Explore one of life’s burning questions – What would you wear if you lived on Mars? – at this year’s “Festval with a metal edge’’ at Lithgow during the Anzac Day long weekend (April 25-27).

Under the theme Life on Mars, the 15th annual Ironfest will once again put on one of the nation’s biggest dress-up parties.

The brainchild of metal artist Macgregor Ross, Ironfest involves more than 1000 participants from around the country and even overseas and attracts more than 14,000 people to Lithgow.

It is recognised as an event of state significance supported by Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism, Lithgow City Council, Energy Australia and a host of smaller supporters.

This year's Ironfest theme will be Life on Mars. Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

This year’s Ironfest theme will be Life on Mars. Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

Ironfest celebrates excellence in craft of all kinds, whether it is in metal working, costume making, jousting, jewellery making or original music making. It brings together artists, designer makers, blacksmiths, performers, musicians, historical re-enactors, machine enthusiasts and hobbyists from around the world as well as people who just love to dress up.

This year, numerous elaborately costumed cosplayers are set to descend on Lithgow Showground to act out scenes from their favourite movies, TV shows and comics.

Festival director Mr Ross said the inaugural Ironfest Cosplay competition would be held this year hosted by Lisa Carroll and Lisa Green from the Nerdyheard, who had attended Ironfest for the past few years as visitors.

The competition will decide costume authenticity and attention to detail.

Steampunk road warrior Petar Rasic of Liverpool guards his patch of dirt at the entrance to the 2012 Ironfest in Lithgow. Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

Steampunk road warrior Petar Rasic of Liverpool guards his patch of dirt at the entrance to the 2012 Ironfest in Lithgow. Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

“We are really excited by this new event as it will build on the dress up element that has developed at the festival over the last few years,’’ he said. “So we are expecting to host one of the biggest dress-up parties ever seen in this part of the world.’’

As well as the dress-up, visitors to Ironfest 2014 can expect the usual events: real jousting on horseback, the Napoleonic era large-scale Battle of Lithgow, an expanded medieval village featuring non-stop sword combat as well as the full-flight birds of prey animal display; an expanded WWII-era historical encampment, more than 150 stalls, blacksmiths, Bloomfield’s Circus, musicians, dancers, even more steampunkers, choirs and lots more.

Ironfest will be held at the Tony Luchetti Showground, George Coates Ave, Lithgow, from April 25 to 27.

Tickets: Base/gate single day $35 adults, $30 concession, $25 children, $95 families; two-day weekend $55 adults, $45 concession, $35 children, $140 families.

Details and ticket purchases: www.ironfest.net. Follow Ironfest on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ironfest.

Steampunk maiden Carol Shearman of Leeton lays out her wares at her Outback Pampering store at the 2012 Ironfest in Lithgow. Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

Steampunk maiden Carol Shearman of Leeton lays out her wares at her Outback Pampering store at the 2012 Ironfest in Lithgow. Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

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