• 2018 FESTIVAL… 24th March

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

    STREET PARADE
    Departs 10am
    From Station St, along Brice Ave to
    Red Earth Park

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

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Yarra Ranges TV

Don’t like to read? Then sit back and relax and listen to Vice Chairperson, Ash Millar tell you what’s happening at Celebrate Mooroolbark festival on Yarra Ranges TV.

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A Massive Program For You!

Here’s the low down. Short & sweet because there’s SO much to include!!

Harvey Norman Springvale is bringing their STEAM team! They’re loading up the truck with VR and gaming, robots, droids, drones, cameras to run free workshops, T-Shirt and mug printing and items for a silent auction to raise money for Save the Rhinos!! “The boss” is even keen to include a display of vintage tech from his personal collection, which is quite AMAZING.

You’ll be able to enjoy:

  • Museum Victoria’s interactive display and
  • storytelling with Eastern Regional Libraries,
  • roving performers,
  • numerous rides,
  • an animal petting farm,
  • Scout rope bridge,
  • classic cars,
  • a MASSIVE marketplace with retailers, food, drinks and community information, free workshops and
  • Yarra Ranges Regional Museum’s very cool interactive workshops at 11am and 12pm demonstrating lots of spinning objects and a dancing robot and you will learn how to make, decorate and test-fly your own Bitty (little) Boomerang!

Find details and highlights on our Program page on:

  • the Main Stage program,
  • Mooroolbark Community Centre,
  • our Active Living Hub,
  • the Youth Stage and
  • Belly Dancing.
And an added feature this year is the Mini Vintage Computer Faire hosted by Microbee Technology. We recently discovered this little gem hidden away in our vintage shopping centre (The Terrace). Ewan J Wordsworth purchased the original 1980s Australian computer company Microbee, whom he worked for as a teenager when they supplied a majority of Australian schools with computers. He now rebuilds vintage computers and produces computer kits for kids getting into an IT career.
Here’s an interview with Ewan by the Centre for Computing History in the UK on YouTube here.

And for those that can’t go without a map (that’s me), here it is.

Site Map and highlights at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2018.

#celebratemooroolbark

Special Guest Don Elgin

Meet the man in person! We are so thrilled to announce our special guest for 2018 is Photo of Paralympian Don Elgin, to appear at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2018.Paralympian Don Elgin, who has truly overcome barriers in remarkable ways.

They don’t come any livelier than the boy from the bush that took on the world. Entertaining, motivational and all round larrikin he represented Australia at 4 World Championships and three Olympic Games over 14 years. A triple Paralympic medalist from Athens 2004, Team Manager for London 2012 and a career comeback to compete in the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

Randall Bourchier interviewed Don for an article in the latest Living Today in Mooroolbark.

How did Don Elgin—a boy from Tocumwal, an amputee at three—go on to become a world champion athlete, and later manage the Australian team at the London Paralympic Games? “If I answer this, they might be onto me and they may have made a mistake, so maybe we’ll move to the second question!” Donnie joked.

Head on over to the Living Today edition online for the rest of the article and then come along to Celebrate Mooroolbark to hear Don at the main stage around 10.30am after the parade arrives. He’ll then be able to meet in person at the Mooroolbark Umbrella Group stall in the Community Hub.

It’s Competition Time!!

Start work on your entries now, showcase your talents and win! Here are the 2018 competitions laid out for you, take your pick and then click on the links for more details and entry forms.


pexels-photo-116366.jpegProduce your own mini sci-fi on your phone and enter the Short Film Comp. Sponsored by Harvey Norman Springvalethere are some very exciting prizes on the way…

How could you resist?!?

Click HERE for more info and to enter.


Enter the parade with friends, a community group, school, business and take out the best-dressed prize of $400 CASH for your group! Winners will be awarded 1st and 2nd place ($200 CASH) by local Liberal representatives; Federal Liberal Member for Casey and 30th Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon Tony Smith MP; State Member for Casey Christine Fyffe; and State Member for Croydon, the Hon David Hodgett MP

Follow THIS LINK for more info and to register your groups’ participation.


Imagine a fictionalised future, interview someone about their vision, produce a comic or research the profession of a scientific field for your writing competition entry!

Winners will be awarded their prizes on the main stage at 12.15pm by our Deputy Premier, Labor Minister for Education and Emergency Services, the Hon James Merlino MP!

Cash prizes to be award as follows:

Section 1st place 2nd place 3rd place
PRESCHOOL – GRADE 2: $20 $15 $10
GRADES 3 – 6: $30 $25 $20
YEARS 7 – 12: $50 $35 $25

AND a school’s prize of $100 will be awarded to the best performance overall. Click HERE for details on how to enter, but be quick!


art-creative-metal-creativity.jpgGet hands-on with found objects and materials, build your own invention for the future and enter it into the recycled sculpture competition!

There’s a $100 cash prize for the best entry! Sponsored by the Disabled Peoples’ Group. Info on how to enter is HERE.


Take your talent to the stage in Red Earth UnEarthed!

7:30pm Friday March 23, 2018 @ Mooroolbark Community Centre.

1st prize winners in each category below are given the opportunity to perform on the main stage at the festival the following day, Saturday 24 March 2018.

CASH PRIZES TO BE WON

Section 1st place 2nd place 3rd place
UNDER 16: $100 $75 $50
OPEN: $100 $75 $50
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: GROUP $100 SOLO/DUO $100

Click HERE to enter before Friday 16 March. Instrumentalists, magicians and unusual acts particularly encouraged to apply!

A huge thanks to our Red Earth Partners, the Lions Club of Mooroolbark, Mooroolbark Christian Fellowship and Yarra Ranges Council.


Entries to all competitions will be regarded highly if they fit the theme and this year we are building the festival around the theme of

No Barriers – Future Possibilities…

What does this mean?

Think of the many ways that the human race has overcome barriers to date and then imagine the future possibilities; planes and spacecraft have taken us into the skies and beyond, both modern and ancient medicines have tackled deadly diseases, overcome disabilities and improved our quality of life. Where will such things as robotics take us into the future?

We will be placing a strong focus on advancements in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) disciplines, and the way they have developed and interrelate with our lives to open up future possibilities and break down the barriers we face. For children and teens, we are highlighting the fun in learning in areas such as robotics, coding, engineering and animation.

We Blinked!

I’m sure you all did it too, blinked. And suddenly 2017 has gone!!

Next, it’ll be Celebrate Mooroolbark already! (March 23/24 in case you missed it)

This coming year we are building the festival around the theme of…

No Barriers – Future Possibilities… 

We will be placing a strong focus on advancements in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, and the way they have developed and interrelate with our lives to open up future possibilities and break down barriers faced.

Tubby the Robot

Tubby the Robot in Celebrate Mooroolbark’s Street Parade.

Mooroolbark is a diverse community of people of different ages, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic positions, needs and capabilities. In 2018, we will be working towards accessibility to the festival for all members of our community.

For children and teens, we are highlighting the fun in learning with robotics, coding, engineering and animation.

The world as we know it is changing to make it easier for people to overcome the barriers that limit them…what is the future going to look like?

2018 Stall applications are NOW OPEN.

In particular this year, we are seeking groups that care for differently abled individuals or minority groups to come on board to educate and assist us to discover better ways to practice inclusion and encourage involvement.

As always, we encourage those local to Mooroolbark to apply! More information and the application form can be found here.

 

Jim Penman at Celebrate Mooroolbark

Did you miss Jim Penman at Celebrate Mooroolbark this year? Thanks to yarraranges.tv for capturing Mr Penman speaking about the beginnings of Jim’s Mowing, you can hear it now!

If that’s not enough, you can also view an interview with Jim on the yarraranges.tv website.

Did you take photos at the festival? We love to see them. You can post them onto our Facebook page or send them to news@celebratemooroolbark.com

Our biggest program to date

Without a doubt, this is the biggest and broadest program we’ve put together yet for Celebrate Mooroolbark festival. So we thought we’d share with you some personal picks on how some of our team members would spend their day at the festival.

From Ash, Active Living Hub Coordinator and part of the Publicity Team:

I would absolutely get down and practice your handballing with Mooroolbark Auskick at 11am and be wowed by the talented Yarra Heights Dance Academyat 1:45 at the Active Living Hub! The Active Living Hub is a new addition this year and a fantastic way to get involved with the local sporting and fitness groups in our wonderful community.

After that I’m going to head down to the Youth Stage and see all the amazing talent that our community has to offer. In sticking with our sustainable theme, the Youth Stage is being powered by biodegradable fuel generators from Green Power Solutions!

For more details on all the wonderful programs on offer tomorrow, check out our program page here. Many stalls will also run free activities, not to mention the Scout Bridge on the ridge!

See you all tomorrow!!