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On Saturday 6th April, The City of Swan is proudly presenting Stoked, an immersive spectacle at Railway Square, Midland Railway Workshops from 12pm to 9pm. Entry is FREE.

Stoked is inspired by the Midland Rail Workshops, which were the heartbeat of the Midland community for over 80 years, and pays homage to the legacy of the workshops with a visionary interpretation of life in the yards.

Forged through fire and shaped in steel, the hours were long and the toil was tough at the Midland Railway Workshops. 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.

A quarter of a century since tools were downed for the final time, The City of Swan is presenting Stoked! Part contemporary nod, part artistic tribute, and with a bit of sensory candy for all ages, Stoked will bring Railway Square to life with an awe-inspiring line-up of eats, sights and sounds.

Highlights include a steampunk aerial extravaganza by Kinetica, featuring extraordinary acrobatic feats paying homage to fire and metal. Sparks will fly literally during a fiery demo of modern-day metalwork by expert sculptors while living statues will depict Railway Workshop scenes from the past.

The blacksmithing workshop will be in full glow and The Movida Estate Canteen Bar will bring to life the glory days of the Midland Railway Workshops canteen with innovative takes on old classics. Enjoy an inventive selection of cocktails and refreshments served up by Crafted Events WA, Locale Kitchen, Curb Your Hunger, Smokies Barbecue, BOBBY J's gelato and Midland favourites Syd & Phyllis.

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.

Meanwhile the Midland Gate Main Stage will play host to vintage vibes from the Jessie Gordon Quintet, chilled beats by local rising stars The Hunting Birds and a vintage machinery percussion section by big band Junkadelic.

Plus the young (and young at heart) can feel the wind through their hair on the Runaway Train ride and kids corner, or snap a vintage family photo in the photobooth.

Jump on the rail (the 2019 version, that is!) and join Stoked on April 6 at Railway Square. A FREE shuttle bus will be running from Midland Trail Station and back all day, and there will be limited free parking onsite.

Stoked is proudly supported by Midland Gate and Movida Estate and MRA.

Plan your visit today - head to www.stokedfestival.com.au for all the latest.

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When: 6 April 2019 from 12pm
Where: Railway Square, Midland Railway Workshops, Main Gate, Midland 6056
Cost: FREE
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