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Lifestyle : Blue Mountains Special Report 2013
1HERSA1 S005 THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013 THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD5 BLUE MOUNTAINS & SURROUNDS From beers, cheers to winter magic Stroll on: The Winter Magic Festival features Michaela Braun of Germany (above) while hikers will flock to The Festival of Walking (below). Pictures: David Hill The region's event calendar contains a wealth of cultural experiences, writes Carolyn Boyd. Stage style: An Ironfest performer. Steel yourself, there's an epic battle about to begin. There'll be fighting, march- ing, music and mayhem. The boom of cannons will assault your ears and the acrid smell of gun- powder will pepper the air. Welcome to Ironfest -- taking place next month in the Blue Mountains, a region becoming known for its weighty calendar of colourful carni- vals. Ironfest will feature a 19th- century enactment of a mythical battle between French and British forces. They'll fight for control of the ancient Australian colony and from the weapons to the wardrobe, every detail will be kept true to the time. Ironfest will be held in Lithgow, the western gateway to the moun- tains, and is billed as "an arts festival with a metal edge" -- but it's also one huge time-warp, skipping through centuries from medieval villages to the modern day. Ironfest, on April 20-21, could not be more different from another festi- val taking place in the region next month -- Puddin' Day. Puddin' Madness will be in full swing at the beautiful Norman Lind- say Gallery and Museum at Faulcon- bridge on Sunday, April 14. Cartoonist Dave Hackett and chil- dren's authors John Marsden and Emily Rodda will be guests of hon- our in a day filled with Puddin' thiev- ery, bush ballads and book signings. There'll be cooking demonstrations, bush walks, a colouring competition and a pudding hunt. The Magic Pudding remains a favourite children's book and has not been out of print since Norman Lindsay wrote and illustrated the story -- complete with verses and rhymes -- in 1918. See normanlind- say.com.au. This is a calendar of some of the region's major festivals this year. April Blackheath Autumn Wine Fair. April 13. Enjoy fine wine amid the beautiful autumn colours in the grounds of the New Ivanhoe Hotel at Blackheath. Wineries taking part hail from the central west, including Bathurst, Orange, Mudgee and Cow- ra. There will also be food stalls and entertainment. Phone (02) 4782 2652. Puddin' Day. April 14. Celebrate children's literature and pudding madness at the Norman Lindsay Gallery at Faulconbridge. There'll be guest speakers and plenty of activit- ies for children. A cafe is on site. normanlindsay.com.au Ironfest. April 20-21. This "arts festival with a metal edge" cele- brates everything metal. See colour- ful characters dressed from different eras, relive epic battles and become engrossed in watching blacksmiths at work. There will be artists, per- formers and metal enthusiasts aplenty. www.ironfest.net April-May Sculpture at Scenic World. April 24 to May 19. This annual exhibition showcases artworks on the Jamison Valley floor, which visitors access from the Scenic Walkway. Thirty-six artworks have been selected for this year's show. The sculptures include works that respond to the rainforest through a range of mediums, includ- ing digital, sound and light. The event will include an indoor exhibi- tion of drawings, photographs, videos and small-scale sculptures, and a program of artist talks, chil- dren's workshops and guided tours. See scenicworld.com.au June Winter Magic Festival. June 22. This free community celebrates the winter solstice. Artists, musicians, dancers, drummers and choirs take over the main street of Katoomba for the day. There will be a grand parade, stalls, food and plenty of family activities. www.wintermagic.com.au June-August Yulefest. June to August. Euro- pean Christmas comes to the Blue Mountains when the cooler months set in. In the crisp winter air, enjoy cosy fires, food and wine. See indi- vidual venues for what's on offer -- many have lavish Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, entertain- ment and even visits from Santa. visitbluemountains.com.au September Concerts in the Jenolan Caves. Various dates. Artists in September include The Stephen O'Connell Quintet, melodic Cello virtuoso Georg Mertens and gypsy music from The Paganini Duo, all per- formed in the Cathedral Chamber of Lucas Cave. jenolancaves.org.au October The Festival of Walking. October 5-13. Each October the Festival of Walking celebrates the trails on offer in the Blue Mountains. Planning for this year's event is well under way, with walks due to be announced over the next month. These will range from treks and challenging bushwalks to history tours com- bined with local wine and cheese sampling. festivalofwalking.com Leura Gardens Festival. October 5 to 13. Experience the beautiful flora in the grounds of the National Trust property Everglades and a col- lection of privately owned gardens as they look their best for spring. The festival culminates in the Leura Vil- lage Fair, which is held in the main street of Leura on October 12 and 13. leuravillage.com.au/fair and leuragardenfestival.com. Katoomba Footlight Festival. October 19. Celebrate sustainable living and learn how to tread lightly on the planet. This festival is held at Katoomba North Public School and features education workshops and guest speakers, along with a market and food stalls, live music and chil- dren's activities. For more details: facebook.com/footlightfestival Blue Mountains Film Festival. A multi-day event, the film festival screens contemporary short films, features a meet-the-actors session -- which last year included Rake's Rhys Muldoon, Wildside's Jessica Napier and Tiriel Mora of The Castle. There's also the Yowie Awards, where the best films and documentaries are celebrated. bluemountainsfilmfestival.com Oktoberfest. October 26-27. There's German bands, food and -- of course -- beer as Katoomba cele- brates Oktoberfest. www.thecarrington.com.au November Blackheath Rhododendron Festival. November 2-3. See the Blackheath village spring to life with floral displays and an art show. Includes the crowning of the festival princess, a street parade and, as you might expect, plenty of flowers. Competitions include wood chop- ping and coal shovelling. rhodofestival.com.au Glenbrook Spring Festival. November 9-10. Bands, a large car- nival with amusement rides, street stalls and locally made goods will be on show in Glenbrook, the gateway village to the Blue Mountains. 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