Celebrate Mooroolbark 2021

2021 Full Program Launch & Covid Safety

This has been a long-time coming! The launch of the full, highly anticipated, 2021 Celebrate Mooroolbark festival program is finally here.

You’ve been seeing the highlights on our social media. Now it’s time to see the whole shebang.

Eight days. 17 locations. How many entertainers? We haven’t stopped to count!

It’s now yours to peruse at your leisure.

For Covid-safety, the weekend Makers Market and the Red Earth Lane evenings require us to implement contact-tracing. Please book your free tickets to these events here. Weekend market tickets will be valid for the entire weekend, even though we ask you to select a 2-hour time slot. This is only to assist us in knowing your planned hours of visiting.

You can still show up on the day if you haven’t booked. We will have QR codes and paper sign-in available for any unsold tickets. For more information on the festival Covid-safety, please see our policies and procedures.

Most importantly, enjoy the eight days of fun that we have programmed for you, safely!

  • Melbourne Urban Bellydance Collective group photo with colourful costumes and sun umbrellas
  • Magician in bright red jacket and yellow t-shirt does magic trick with bike pump and yellow balloon standing in front of children seated in a classroom.
  • Magician in bright red jacket and yellow t-shirt does magic trick with bike pump and yellow balloon standing in front of children seated in a classroom.
Celebrate Mooroolbark 2021

Stall Applications Open & January Photo Comp

Happy New Year Mooroolbark!

With 2020 done and dusted, we’re not wasting a minute in getting on with things (in a Covid-safe manner – let’s not stuff this up!). We can now announce the opening of applications for stallholders and the January Photo Competition theme.

Celebrate Mooroolbark 2021 is looking to engage market stallholders, small businesses, community groups and makers from Yarra Ranges and Maroondah areas who are interested to take part in our 2021 market.

In these extraordinary times Celebrate Mooroolbark 2021 will look and feel very different, with 8 days of smaller pop-up style events during day and night, around town, on and offline, Wednesday to Wednesday from 24 to 31 March 2021.

The market is confirmed for Saturday 27 March, with a possible 2nd day on Sunday 28th March. It will be held in HOOKEY PARK and the car park on the corner of Brice Ave and George Street, with the hope of closing George Street, too. NOTE: Food vendors will be by invitation only, as we wish to support our local food outlets and cafes as they recover from what has been a disastrous year.

Monthly Photo Competition

Congratulations to all the entrants to our Monthly Photo Competition so far. You sure are giving our judges a hard time. Well done to all of you and keep them coming. Don’t forget, one winner every month receive a $50 Voucher for Croydon Camera House!

The theme for January is Black & White Portraits – we want to see the amazing and diverse community of Mooroolbark in a giant collection of black and white portraits. So get to it! Photograph your loved ones, yourselves, strangers on the street (with their permission of course)… and we’ll present the collection here on our website for all to view.

Below are just some of the fabulous entries from the September to December competitions.

Celebrate Mooroolbark 2016

Calling for Expressions of Interest

Celebrate Mooroolbark 2021 is looking to engage market stallholders, small businesses, community groups and makers from Yarra Ranges and Maroondah areas who are interested to take part with our 2021 market.

In these extraordinary times Celebrate Mooroolbark 2021 will look and feel very different, with 8 days of smaller pop-up style events during day and night, around town, on and offline, Wednesday to Wednesday from 24 to 31 March 2021.

The market is confirmed for Saturday 27 March, with a possible 2nd day on Sunday 28th March. A complimentary online market is being considered, along with a “Plan B” should we experience another wave of Covid. These details, including times and fees, are being decided upon based on your interest.

PLEASE NOTE: Food vendors will be by invitation only, as we wish to support our local food outlets and cafes as they recover from what has been a disastrous year.

To express your interest, please complete the short form here.

Celebrate Mooroolbark 2021

Food & Dining

As the first month of our Photo Competition draws to a close on this All Hallows’ Eve, it’s time to starting contemplating November’s theme.

Photographs of fresh pasta, plump, red tomatoes in a bowl, garlic cloves, pine nuts, rock salt, olive oil, cheese and fresh thyme leaves laid out on a table, ready to eat.
Photo by Nicole Squelch.

And what perfect timing it is to be thinking about FOOD AND DINING, with our cafes and restaurants reopening after months of lockdown. Let’s get out there and support them while having some fun with our next photo competition!

We know our local chefs are excited to be serving their creations to seated patrons again. So do their work the justice it deserves. Photograph their masterpiece (before you tuck in! đŸ˜‰) and enter our competition to win a $50 Croydon Camera House voucher.

  • Photos MUST be recent!
  • Photos should be taken in Mooroolbark or nearby areas.
  • November draw closes 5pm 30 Nov.
  • And yes, your Food & Dining photographs may also be of your homemade creations.

For competition T&Cs and to enter go to https://celebratemooroolbark.com/competitions/photo-comp/c

Celebrate Mooroolbark 2021

Photo Competition Launch!

We couldn’t wait! There are so many stories to tell right now, that we decided to launch the Celebrate Mooroolbark Photo Competition right away. Starting Wednesday 1st October 2020, we’ll be receiving entries for our first monthly photo competition, running until March 2021.

And thanks to Croydon Camera House, we have a $50 voucher to award to one winner for every month!

For details and how to enter, jump over to the Photo Comp page here.

And now, let’s get started!

October Theme: Pets & Wildlife in Action

Let’s see animals leaping, playing, flying, launching towards their prey, birds collecting materials for their nest, or your pet’s latest tricks you’ve taught them during iso. This month’s competition is about capturing a great shot of an animal in and around your home.

This competition is about capturing this moment in time, so entries must be taken between 1st and 31st October 2020.

For full details on how to enter and the T&Cs, hit the button below.

And don’t forget, one clever winner will receive a $50 voucher from Croydon Camera House!

Celebrate Mooroolbark 2021

Snapshot ’21

Image courtesy of Michael Leunig

For the upcoming festival we are reflecting upon this moment in time in Mooroolbark.

We don’t need to remind you what the world is going through right now. Every one of us is affected by the pandemic, with all the restrictions, emotions and changes that come with it. Coupled with the level crossing removal and construction of the Skyrail, new station and multi-level carpark, Mooroolbark will never be quite the same again.

This is why we have been inspired to capture life in this moment, and preserve our memories for future generations.

With a strong focus on the creative arts, we will be encouraging increased participation in our  community competitions and celebrating each and every diverse perspective. Through the use of various mediums, we will record and document what life is like for us right here and now. 

Our festival may look a little different this year, but be sure to stay tuned because there is still plenty of celebrating to be done!

Celebrate Mooroolbark 2020

2020 Festival Cancellation

Following the Government’s advice to cancel gatherings of over 500 people due to COVID-19 at 4pm today, we must sadly confirm the cancellation of Celebrate Mooroolbark 2020 – Red Earth Awakened, including the Friday night event, Red Earth UnEarthed.

While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our participants and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials and we will be fielding enquiries to the best of our capabilities over the coming days. 

The committee will be personally contacting all of our participants, suppliers and sponsors with advice specific to them and we appreciate your patience in this challenging time.