• 2018 FESTIVAL… 24th March

    10am - 4pm
    Red Earth Park &
    Mooroolbark Community Centre

    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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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. 


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!


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.

Start filming and win

You’re all taking videos on your phones already, so why not win some cash for your next one?

Theme: Environmental Sustainability
Eg. Do you grow vegies? Recycle? Walk or cycle to school? Buy local? Turn off the lights at home? Take short showers? Then you are an expert already! Be silly and have some fun.

We’ll even extend the Monday 5pm deadline, all you have to do is ask. Message us now to let us know you’re working on it! (Either via Facebook message or to alex@celebratemooroolbark.com)

More info here.

If you can’t see Bianca’s gorgeous little video below then please click on the link to view it. She made it just for you!


Red Earth UnEarthed

Red Earth UnEarthed is the event previously known as the Celebrate Mooroolbark Talent Quest. By rebranding as Red Earth UnEarthed, we recognise the history of the “Red Earth” name in Mooroolbark whilst providing the Talent Quest with some new energy. Our vision is to expand our reach in unearthing the talent of Mooroolbark and surrounds.

Celebrate Mooroolbark begins with Red Earth UnEarthed on Friday evening, March 24, with an Open and Under 16 competition.  Participation in the competition is free. This is enthusiastically supported, with a great variety of entries from all age groups and very much enjoyed by all!

The winners are given the opportunity to perform on the Main Stage at the festival the following day, Saturday 25th March.

Enter NOW at: https://celebratemooroolbark.com/competitions/red-earth/

Red Earth UnEarthed entries close 10pm Friday 10th March, 2017.

Local band, INH, at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2015

Local band INH on the Main Stage at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2015, after winning the Talent Quest the evening prior.

Join the parade!

The Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade is on again and this year we are going GREEN!

Get your environmental thinking caps on, recycle those old clothes, strike up the human powered marching band and start those low emission engines running…

If you represent a school, community group, local business or you are a local hobbyist, join us in the 2017 Street Parade!

Register now at https://celebratemooroolbark.com/participate/parade/
Applications close Friday 17th March.

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

YES, we’re definitely Celebrating Mooroolbark tomorrow!

It may be wet and woolly out there today but our site crew are out there laying out the grounds for tomorrow. Never fear, we have fine weather planned for tomorrow. 😛 Celebrate Mooroolbark will go ahead!

So to help you plan your day. Here’s our gorgeous site map, including some details on the Community Centre programming and the Youth Zone. (Thanks Ross Mackay Creative for making it so pleasing on the eye)

Festival site map and activities inside the Mooroolbark Community Centre

And while you’re twiddling your thumbs waiting for it all to begin, check out our #behindthescenes action on our Instagram feed.

Street Parade Road Closure

Don’t Forget!!

At 10am the most spectacular Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade will go cruising down Brice Avenue, from Station Street to the festival site at Red Earth Park. So get there early to find a prime viewing spot! Here’s what’ll happen…

9.30 – 10.30am : Station Street (where the library and Hookey Park are located) will be closed to traffic for the parade participants to assemble and depart safely.

10am – 11am : Brice Avenue from Station Street to Hull Road (including car parks) will be closed to traffic to allow the Street Parade to occur safely.

So  consider walking, cycling or catching public transport to avoid road closure hassles and parking woes. More info on your options are over here: https://celebratemooroolbark.com/getting-there/

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015. Photo by Greg Carrick.

Look out for all these wonderful folk in the parade!

  • 1st Mooroolbark Scouts
  • Alizara Belly Dance Troupe
  • ARK Theatre Group
  • Australian Youth Band
  • Eastern Raptors Rugby League
  • Gray Court Pre School
  • Gymbaroo Mooroolbark
  • Helen O’Grady Drama Academy
  • Historical Commercial Vehicle Club
  • Lilydale SES
  • MECEC Kindergarten
  • Mooroolbark Fire Brigade
  • Mooroolbark Girl Guides
  • Mooroolbark History Group
  • Mooroolbark Star Wars Fan Group 501st
  • Numerous Classic & Movie Replica Cars
  • Pembroke Primary School
  • Vermont Secondary College Band
  • Yarra Ranges Special Development School
Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015. Photo by Greg Carrick.

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

Pembroke Primary School in the Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2014

Pembroke Primary School at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2014

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015. Photo by Greg Carrick.