This is stoked
Forged through fire and shaped in steel, the Midland Rail Workshops were the heartbeat of the Midland community for over 80 years.
The hours were long and the toil was tough. But the searing heat and buckets of sweat gave rise to soaring human spirit: endless pranks, lifelong friendships, iron-tight comradery and urban legends that just keep growing.
Quarter of a century since tools were downed for the final time, we’re saluting this epic era with Stoked – an interactive, immersive festival that pays homage to the legacy of the workshops with a visionary interpretation of life in the yards.
Part contemporary nod, part artistic tribute, and with a bit of sensory candy for all ages, this FREE festival will bring Railway Square alive with an awe-inspiring line-up of eats, sights and sounds.
A steampunk aerial extravaganza by Kinetica, featuring extraordinary acrobatic feats paying homage to fire and metal, will leave your jaw on the floor, while sparks will fly during a fiery demo of modern-day metalwork by expert sculptors.
Living statues will depict Railway Workshop scenes from the past, a blacksmithing workshop will be in full glow and The Movida Estate Canteen Pop-Up Bar and Eatery will bring to life the glory days of the Midland Railway Workshops canteen, with innovative takes on old classics and an inventive selection of cocktails and refreshments.
A fire-filled finale will go off with a bang, with thrilling fire twirlers, a gob-smacking pyro display and more.
History buffs will love journeying deep into the workshops to view magnificent machines on show with perfectly preserved engines from across the years lovingly showcased by the Machinery Preservation Society. There will be plenty of chill nooks for those who want to take in the atmosphere, too.
Your ears will be treated to tunes galore from the Midland Gate Main Stage, with vintage vibes from the Jessie Gordon Quintet, chilled beats by local rising stars The Hunting Birds and Junkadelic bringing their big band sound to life with a vintage machinery percussion section.
Plenty more action will be jam-packed into the day. Jump on the rail (the 2019 version, that is!) and join us for Stoked on April 6 at Railway Square.