• 2019 FESTIVAL… 23rd 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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Competitions Closing Soon!

Don’t forget to get your entries in for the Recycled Sculpture, Writing and Film Competitions this year! Prizes to be won!!

Click on the image below for more details over on the Competitions page.

Celebrate Mooroolbark Competitions Poster, click here to go to the Competitions page for more details.

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Put Your Dreams into Action

Making your dreams come true sometimes takes courage, taking yourself out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself to do new things.

Celebrate Mooroolbark festival provides the following opportunities that may be your first step in the right direction!

Please make sure you check individual deadlines at the links provided for each area, to avoid disappointment.

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade

Enter your organisation/group into the Street Parade – join classic cars, marching bands, roving performers, school and community groups in your finest outfits and costumes to parade down Brice Avenue at the beginning of the Saturday festivities.

How: Register for the parade here.

Hold a stall to sell your artworks, fundraise for your kindergarten, provide information

about your Not For Profit organisation or promote your new small business. Put your face out there and meet people!

How? Stall applications are accepted here.

Perform! For talented folk who love to entertain through music, dance, acting, recitals,

circus, magic, contorting, snorting, transporting… really, anything but thwarting! (As long as it’s family-friendly, of course) Enter the Red Earth UnEarthed competition, enjoy time on the big stage and try your luck at picking up a cash prize!

How? Fill in the Red Earth UnEarthed entry form here.

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Sculpt and build your best creations using found and recycled materials to enter the Recycled Sculpture Competition. Take those grand artistic visions and turn them into reality, then see them on display in an exhibition inside The Terrace Shopping Centre. You may even be awarded a $100 cash prize!

How? Check the criteria and sculpture delivery details here.

Put pen to paper and enter the Writing Competition. We are interested to read your interpretations of the theme Dare to Dream. We know there are local people who aren’t afraid to reach for the sky, but is there a technology or invention that has changed your life for the better? An idea or special cause that you support and want to involve your fellow community members? What inspires you? Who inspires you? We look forward to reading your entries!

How? Details and guidelines on how to enter are here.

Is video your preferred method of storytelling? Take out your camera, smartphone, GoPro, etc. and start filming! Details of the Celebrate Mooroolbark Film Competition can be found here, with more info on the way shortly.

Last, but certainly not least, volunteer for your local community and join the festival team! See here for details.

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THEME ANNOUNCED FOR 2019

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Thank you to all who voted on Facebook regarding our festival theme for 2019. We were inspired by your enthusiasm for the local heroes idea and it gave us a lot to consider.

We are delighted to announce that we have made a decision. The theme for Celebrate Mooroolbark 2019 is…….

Dare to Dream!

This year we are focusing on local groups and individuals who contribute to the Mooroolbark community. We want to share the stories of the innovators and risk-takers who inspire us.

It could be a shop owner who is always welcoming and friendly or a business that operates according to the principles of mutual profitability (concerned for both the wellbeing of the community and the environment).

A volunteer organisation which is giving of themselves for the safety of our community or helping others achieve their goals.

A child with a unique gift of sharing and consideration for others.

A dedicated teacher or mentor who motivates you, or a caregiver who encourages and supports you.

Someone you admire or who you are proud to know. Those unsung heroes who may not have actually set out to improve the lives of others, and might not even realise they are making a difference.

ANYONE WHO IS FOLLOWING THEIR DREAMS OR HELPING YOU TO FOLLOW YOURS!

We are interested to hear your interpretations of the theme. We know there are local people who aren’t afraid to reach for the sky, but is there a technology or invention that has changed your life for the better?

An idea or special cause that you support and want to involve your fellow community members?

What inspires you? Who inspires you? Leave your answers in the comments below.

Celebrate Mooroolbark 2018!

A huge thank you to everyone involved in Celebrate Mooroolbark 2018 when our No Barriers, Future Possibilities theme came alive. 

It was the first year that we have been washed out and had to close down due to weather conditions, and we were very impressed with the way everyone handled it. 

We were lucky that RedEarth Unearthed went ahead as planned on the Friday night, and that the parade went through without a hitch before the storm hit!  Our gratitude goes out to all who assisted, in particular, the Mooroolbark SES, who were so kind as to help us direct cars off-site. 

SHORT FILM COMPETITION

What a diverse range of entries we received for the Short Film Competition this year!  

We appreciate the effort that our entrants made in meeting our No Barriers – Future Possibilities theme and we saw many representations of STEAM, from inventions to rocket science to renewable energy.  The animations and other special effects really helped the competition take off into the future!

With a record number of 101 entries, it was difficult to choose a winner, however, we felt that 11-year-old animator Jett James’ entry titled “ Grunt the Great Inventor” was a clear stand out for first prize.  Jett also won the People’s Choice Award.

Our runner-up was Michael Stephens’ with his entry titled “Harry Potter in Real Life

Other finalists included:

Ovni Vaca Studio
James William
Fereydoon Borouji
Gregory Ayriyan

A special thanks to Harvey Norman Springvale for sponsoring the 2018 Film Competition with some fantastic prizes!

WRITING COMPETITION

The writing competition was expanded this year to include comic strips, in addition to the usual short stories, and this made for some exciting entries!

We had a great response from several schools in the area:  Bimbadeen Heights Primary School, Lilydale Primary School, Lilydale High School, Manchester Primary School, Mt Evelyn Primary School and Pembroke Primary School.

The stories largely featured future time travel into outer space and ideas on how to make life easier on planet earth. (An amusing idea was to delete the need for homework… which seems to be self-defeating if we want our future generations to come up with mathematical and or scientific solutions to earth’s problems!).

There was a cautionary tale regarding the overuse of mobile phones and the effect it will have on our ability to socially interact.

And a very moving piece about a young girl finding herself in the future and able to bring back with her the cure for cancer when she returns to the present, and consequently is able to pass it on to her grandmother and many other people around the world.

First Prize, Cat 1 (Prep – Gr 2):  Teddy Patterson, Mt. Evelyn Primary School

First Prize, Cat. 2 (Gr 3 – 6): Stephanie Butler, Lilydale Primary School;

Second Prize, Cat 2 (Gr 3 – 6):  Hadassah Rickard, Bimbadeen Heights Primary;

Third Prize, Cat 2 (Gr 3 – 6):  Tegan McDonald, Pembroke Primary School;

First Prize, Cat 3 (Yr 7 – 12):  Kylie Wilkinson, Lilydale High School;

The overall Schools Prize went to Lilydale Primary School.

A huge thanks to James Merlino MP for his sponsorship of the 2018 Writing Competition.

RECYCLED SCULPTURE

This year we had quite a number of entries submitted from local primary schools: Bimbadeen Heights, Pembroke, Manchester and Yarra Ranges Special Developmental Schools.

A strong emphasis on robotics (our favourites were the ones geared to do the housework!) and environmental issues (eg., one entrant’s clever use of old garden hoses to make an outdoor mat and another, a chicken constructed from chicken wire who was devouring discarded plastic wrappers and about to lay a plastic egg!).

There were plenty of delighted reactions from passers-by and shop owners in The Terrace Shopping Centre where the Recycled Sculptures were displayed before and after the festival.

First Prize went to Isla Wakeham from Pembroke Primary School (who will receive the Perpetual Trophy) and an Honourable Mention went to Tegan McDonald, also from Pembroke.

Thank you to the Disabled People’s Group for their sponsorship of the 2018 Recycled Sculpture Competition.

PARADE

We were inspired to see such imaginative and creative entries in our Parade this year and appreciated the effort put into meeting our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) theme.

We could only choose two winners. First Place was awarded to Yarra Heights Dance Academy with their energetic dancing (for the entire length of the parade!) and futuristic fluorescent costumes.

Pembroke Primary School followed in Second Place as the judges loved their whacky blue wigs, marching along as a group of mad scientists!

Watch the parade as it was broadcast on Yarra Ranges Life TV here!

Thanks to Tony Smith MP, Christine Fyffe MP, Bridget Vallence and David Hodgett MP for sponsoring the Parade Competition in 2018.

RED EARTH UNEARTHED

Well done the 2018 Red Earth UnEarthed participants!  Winners (in no particular order) were as follows:

Open Section – First Prize
Dee (Ilona Gallow)

Open Section – Second Prize
Kathie Kenyon

Open Section – Third Prize
Day Dreamers

Junior Section – First Prize
Jasmyne Morrison

Junior Section – Second Prize
Kate Pengelly

Junior Section – Third Prize
Tayla Shearer

People’s Choice Group
Mooroolbark Girl Guides & The Garneddies

People’s Choice –Individual/Duo
Ebony O’Neil and Jade Schneider

An enormous thanks to the Lions Club of Mooroolbark for their generous sponsorship of Red Earth UnEarthed once again.

And most of all, thank you to all who participated by entering a competition in 2018, we hope to see you again in 2019!

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.

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.

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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.