• 2015 FESTIVAL… 20th & 21st March

    TALENT QUEST
    7.30pm Friday 20 March
    Mooroolbark Community Centre
    $5 at the door
    (includes supper)

    SATURDAY FESTIVITIES
    10am - 4pm
    Red Earth Park &
    Mooroolbark Community Centre
    FREE ENTRY

    STREET PARADE
    Departs 10am
    From Station St to
    Red Earth Park
    Don't miss it!!!

    Anyone wishing to participate can contact Barb on
    0417 381 542

    [Below Image: Ghawazee Belly Dancers at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2010]

  • Ghawazee Belly Dancers
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My Favourite Storybook

Celebrate Mooroolbark is an annual autumn festival at Red Earth Park and Mooroolbark Community Centre.

In 2015 the theme of the festival is “My Favourite Storybook” and all those participating or visiting are encouraged to dress up, decorate and/or act up to the theme!

The Friday night Talent Quest kicks of the festivities at 7.30pm on 20th March in the Community Centre. This is a great family-friendly event and at $5 entry it’s a great night out, with a yummy supper provided by the Mooroolbark Christian Fellowship! Those itching to get on stage can enter the Quest for free via the online entry form at http://celebratemooroolbark.com/competitions/

Festivities continue 10am – 4pm Saturday 21st March with an abundance of free and low cost entertainment for everyone.

Watch the morning street parade, enjoy live local talent, browse the marketplace of over 80 stalls and take in the sights and sounds of the carnival atmosphere. Choose from a huge assortment of delicious food available and find a spot for your picnic rug on the grass in front of the main stage.

Young children can enjoy craft activities, storytelling, Gymbaroo’s obstacle course for 0 – 5 year olds, having their faces painted, rides, interacting with roving performers, dancing and drumming along with stage entertainers and more.

For the rest of us the FREEZA stage hosts a number of local bands, amongst the Red Earth Gallery inside the Mooroolbark Community Centre. Outside there are remote control cars, temporary tattoos and rides, food and drinks and more.

Involving local schools, businesses, community groups and individuals the festival is a great place to get to know your community. Participate in workshops, chat to your local politicians, find information on local community groups and have a dance with your neighbour.

Numerous competitions are available each year for school groups and community members to try their luck, with fantastic prizes offered by local businesses.

This is just a sample of the attractions to delight in. As the festival draws nearer go to the Celebrate Mooroolbark website or Facebook Page for the latest updates.

Transport is easy – just take the train to Mooroolbark or check the bus schedule on http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/ If travelling by car then you can approach Brice Avenue from Hull, Lincoln, Manchester or Cambridge Roads. Please note that Brice Avenue and Station Streets are closed for approximately 1 hour to allow for the street parade to take place on the Saturday morning. Road closure details are advertised 2 weeks prior to the festival each year.

Winning Entries – 2014 Writing Competition

Winning Entries – 2014 Writing Competition

“Once there were 2 purple crazy cats and their names were Levi and Isla. They loved to smile all day long. But one day they had a problem they lost their smiles when they were playing in a ball pit…”
What happened next?! This is an excerpt from story by Levi D from Pembroke Primary School – Mooroolbark Vic. Levi’s story won Second Prize in the Prep-Grade 2 division at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2014 and you can read the rest of this story and more at http://www.mooroolbark.org.au/
The fantastic drawings that accompany Levi’s stories are by Cameron B from Warranwood Primary School.
More stories from the festival will be uploaded in the coming days.
 

Detail of drawing by Cameron B, Warranwood Primary School.

Detail of drawing by Cameron B, Warranwood Primary School.

2014 – A flourishing community celebration!

It was a beaut day! Celebrate Mooroolbark 2014 – a flourishing community celebration!

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Expressions of appreciation came from many unexpected quarters. I was particularly moved by the reflective comments made by seasoned festival attendees – some of whom were seeing the festival through seemingly new eyes. Their comments dwelt on the powerful way the Festival provides increasing numbers of people in our community with the opportunity to linger together and have a small glimpse of the joy of mingling, chatting, smiling and laughing together – enjoying the laughter of children, the talents of local performers, the flair of those who dress up, the atmosphere created by the stalls, presentations and activities…

From the community stage to inside the Community Centre…

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…people simply enjoyed being together!

Andy Griffiths the children’s author spoke to a standing room only crowd:

2014 Andy Griffiths crowd

And the hats were amazing – here are the junior and open winners:

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And a closeup of that hat!

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Thanks everybody! And plenty of plaudits to our sponsors: Yarra Ranges Council, Bendigo Bank, Lions Club, Living Today in Mooroolbark, The Professionals, Rokat Design, St Francis in the Fields, Goodlife Health Clubs… See you next year!

Randall Bourchier, Vice Chairperson

If you’d like to stay in touch please join our Facebook page, where we’ll be posting more photos and announcing competition winners over the next 2 weeks. We welcome your feedback there or write to admin@celebratemooroolbark.com or if you’d like to join the organising committee contact Barb at barbara@celebratemooroolbark.com or phone her on 0417 381 542.

CELEBRATE MOOROOLBARK 2014

Celebrate Mooroolbark 2014 – a fantastic night and day of local culture.

The 2014 festival will open on Friday night 21 March with a 7.30pm Talent Quest in the Community Centre. Tickets will be $5, which includes supper.

The festivities continue on Saturday 22 March from 9.30am to 4pm, with a colourful street parade of local schools and community groups wearing costumes to reflect the Mad Hatters Tea Party theme of the 2014 festival. Follow the Street Parade along Brice Avenue, past Mooroolbark’s local shopping strip to the festival hub at Red Earth Park. There you will find an abundance of free and low cost activities for the whole family.

Every year a full stage program highlights local talent, with room for a picnic in front, there’s ample choice of delectable treats from the food stalls all around. You’ll also find community information and market stalls, rides, face painters, balloon animals, roving performers, story-telling, an animal farm, pony rides and more!

In 2014 the 40-strong Australian Youth Band will be performing on the main stage, as well as the Yarra Hills Secondary School ensemble. The FREEZA stage will host a number of local bands. The hugely popular Tubby the Robot will return with her baby to roam the Red Earth Park, along with Kofi the West African Drummer and the wonderful Ghawazee Belly Dancers. For more details go to our Program page.

Many competitions and prizes will also be available for schools groups and community members to get involved in.

Contact us to get involved or follow our Facebook page for all the latest updates!

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