Ironfest (Lithgow)

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Ironfest is an historical and cultural event in Lithgow, New South Wales, created by Macgregor Ross, a local artist and festival director. It is a not for profit event that celebrates the relationship between humanity & iron, steel and other metals. Hosted as a series of events combined under one large theme, celebrating the cultural heritage and diversity of the Lithgow region, it brings together artists, designers/makers, blacksmiths, performers of all kinds, musicians, historical re-enactors, machine enthusiasts and hobbyists from all over Australia, and the world.[1][2]

Two of the most popular annual events are large scale historical re-enactments: The St George's Day Jousting Tournament and the Napoleonic 'Battle of Lithgow'.


Ironfest was first held in April 2000 to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the birth of steel in Australia, which occurred in Lithgow, New South Wales. Since that time Ironfest has taken out numerous cultural, tourism and business awards, and has been acclaimed as a unique regional cultural experience.

It originally consisted of an exhibition of metal sculpture, paintings and drawings accompanied by blacksmith demonstrations by artist Harry Piers, and metal music by local band, ‘The Mullpigs'. Around 25 artists participated in this first event which was held at Blast Furnace Park in Lithgow.

In 2002 and 2003, it was held at the State Mine Museum, before moving in 2004 to its current home at the Lithgow Showground.

In 2007 Ironfest was recognized by the NSW government as an event of State significance, recognizing the valuable economic contribution that the event makes to the local Blue Mountains Central West NSW region.

Each year, it has grown on average by 20% both in terms of participants and visitors. In 2008 it involved close to 700 participants and attracted over 10,000 visitors.[3] In 2009, it involved slightly more participants and again attracted in excess of 10,000 people.

In 2011 the theme for Ironfest was Steampunk which attracted a large new audience from the inner city suburbs of Sydney.



  1. ^ "Ironfest Is The Festival Where Anything Goes". Huffington Post Australia. Retrieved 2016-11-28. 
  2. ^ "Come for the knight life - New South Wales - Australia - Travel -". Retrieved 2016-11-28. 
  3. ^ "Come for the knight life - New South Wales - Australia - Travel -". Retrieved 2016-11-28. 

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