Schools & Preschools

Dear Principal, Teachers and Educators,

Celebrate Mooroolbark invites your school/kindergarten to be a part of our 2020 community festival.

There are so many ways your classes, schools and/or centres can be involved in Celebrate Mooroolbark 2020, so we’ve made it simple. Outlined below are each of the areas with direct links to register for each one.

Whatever your involvement, keep the theme in mind!

Red Earth Awakened – 40 Years On…

In 1980 the Mooroolbark Community Centre was opened with the first Red Earth Festival. It was a huge success and became the largest festival in Victoria. The last Red Earth Festival took place in 2001 and from small beginnings, Celebrate Mooroolbark took its place in 2002.

Theme Inspiration and Ideas

40 years ago – What did we wear? What music did we listen to? What was in the news at the time? What did Mooroolbark look like then? What activities did people enjoy? Remember, people didn’t own mobile phones and the internet was in its infancy.

2020 – How far have we come in 4 decades? Is it for better or worse? Or both?

In 40 years time – What will Mooroolbark be like in 40 years? How will our lives have changed? What will our world look like? 

It’s all about change – Think about fashion, technology, world views, our environment, multiculturalism, population growth and transportation; the Mooroolbark Skyrail, the Kinley estate development (showing all that red earth!), sustainability, climate change, our local economies to globalisation. It’s all relevant!

👉 Red Earth UnEarthed

Celebrate Mooroolbark 2020 opens with Red Earth UnEarthed at 7pm Friday, 20 March.

This is a family-friendly talent quest for all ages and there are cash prizes and a trophy to be won! Perform with your School Band, Circus Troupe, Choir…

PLUS, the winning act in each category will have the opportunity to perform at the festival the following day on either the Main Stage or Youth Stage.

Entries must be submitted with any backing music by Friday, March 6th, 2020. No applications will be accepted after this date.

👉 Parade

Create a float or march with the street bands and community groups along Brice Avenue to the festival at Red Earth Park.


1st Prize $400

Runner Up $200

Dress to the theme to be in the running!

Entrants will be judged during the parade and prizes will be presented to the winning groups during the Opening Ceremony on the Main Stage.

👉 Stalls

Hold a market/information stall to raise funds or promote your school or organisation; run a free activity that illustrates something about your school, showcase your school’s unique features and contribution to your community. 

Stallholder fees for schools and community groups are only $25.

Apply before midnight 7th Feb 2020.

This year we have introduced a songwriting competition.

Write a 2-3 minute song with original words and music to help us celebrate forty years of our community festivals.

Entries are in two categories and there is an opportunity to win cash prizes!

 1st place2nd place
Primary School$50$25
Secondary School$75$50

Entries can be an individual or a school group effort and should be submitted by Friday 6 March 2020. DEADLINE EXTENDED to Tuesday 10 March 2020.

Entries will be judged based on originality, creativity and interpretation of the theme.

For more information on this competition and how to enter, please head to the Writing Competition page on our website, via the button below.

👉 Short Film

Whether you are new to filmmaking, recording on a smartphone, or have some experience up your sleeve, everyone is welcome to participate.

Entries are to be based on the theme of Red Earth Awakened. To locals, this has a direct link to the history of the Red Earth Festival in Mooroolbark, however, it is open to interpretation and can be fiction, documentary or mockumentary!

Awards & Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to 2 categories:

  • 13 & under
  • Open Category

Submissions will be judged and screened at the Celebrate Mooroolbark festival on Saturday the 21st of March, 2020.

For more information on this competition and how to enter, please go to the Celebrate Mooroolbark page on the Film Freeway website. Link via the button below.

👉 Recycled Sculpture or Invention

Entries are accepted in three sections and there is an opportunity to win cash prizes!

Preschool to Grade 2$20$15$10
Grade 3 – Grade 6$30$25$20
Year 7 – Year 12$50$35$25


  • Entries to be no larger than one cubic metre, made from all recycled materials and suitable for display.
  • To the theme: Red Earth Awakened
  • Entry is free
  • Deliver Sculptures: 3:30 – 6pm Monday 16th March 2020.
  • To: The Terrace Shopping Centre, 66 – 74 Brice Ave, Mooroolbark

For more information on this competition and how to enter, please click the button below.


Mary Bourchier
Schools Liaison
0431 320 269

If your school or organisation would like to be invited in future, as soon as the themes are announced for the next festival, please fill in the expression of interest form below.

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