Ipswich, a city steeped in history and culture, is gearing up for the much-anticipated return of Galvanized – A Festival of Heritage. With its third annual iteration, the event promises 11 days of immersive experiences that celebrate the city’s storied past and offer a range of activities for all ages.
Scheduled to commence on Thursday, 31 Aug 2023, the festival will kick off with a traditional welcome by Nunukul Yuggera, setting the tone for the upcoming heritage celebration.
One of the highlights of the opening day will be an interactive virtual reality tour organized by Virtual Songlines. This tour is poised to take attendees on a journey spanning tens of thousands of years of local history, providing a unique perspective on the region’s evolution.
Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding expressed her excitement about the festival, noting that over 50 activities are on the lineup, each dedicated to showcasing the city’s rich heritage. The festival aims to cater to a diverse audience, ensuring that both the young and old can find something to delight them.
The festival’s first weekend promises an array of captivating experiences. From the Prohibition Party at The Workshops Rail Museum, channelling the glitz and glamour of bygone eras, to the Sky Iron Festival of Blacksmithing, featuring impressive artisanal craftsmanship, attendees will be transported to different facets of Ipswich’s heritage. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn leathercraft, embark on haunted history tours, or explore the historic halls of the Woodlands of Marburg mansion.
Cooneana Homestead will offer a glimpse into days gone by, featuring live music, old-world skills demonstrations, and entertainment for families. Additionally, the Cooneana Heritage Centre will open its doors after dark, allowing visitors to experience the charm of torch-lit museum visits while being regaled with stories of the past.
Father’s Day will see the Nicholas Street Precinct hosting a Bikes, Beards, and BBQs event. Attendees can enjoy vintage bikes and trucks, live music, and demonstrations of mouth-watering food and barbecues. An interesting twist to the event includes the judging of Ipswich’s best beards, adding a touch of humour and camaraderie to the festivities.
Councillor Andrew Fechner, Chairperson of the Community, Culture, Arts and Sport Committee, underscored the growth of the Galvanized Festival since its inception in 2021. Collaborations between the local council and community groups have resulted in an expanded and enriched event that brings Ipswich’s history to life. This year, the festival extends its reach across various venues and spaces, inviting attendees to immerse themselves in the city’s yesteryears.
For those eager to experience Ipswich’s heritage firsthand, the full festival program and ticketing information are available at Ipswichfestivals.com.au.