• 2020 FESTIVAL: March 20th & 21st

    SATURDAY FESTIVITIES
    Red Earth Park &
    Mooroolbark Community Centre
    FREE ENTRY

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

    [Below Image: Swordcraft Group at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2019]

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2020 Festival Theme Announced!

Announcing the theme for Celebrate Mooroolbark 2020

Red Earth Awakened – 40 years on…

From retro rides to futuristic imaginings, Celebrate Mooroolbark 2020 is going to be a party like no other.  Opening with Red Earth UnEarthed Friday 20 March at 7pm, the party continues 10am to 4pm Saturday 21 March at Red Earth Park, in the Mooroolbark Community Centre, the Terrace Shopping Centre and throughout the precinct.

It was 1980 when the Mooroolbark Community Centre was opened, with a festival which was to be called the 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.

Our theme Red Earth Awakened – 40 Years On… is celebrating 40 years of both festivals in Mooroolbark; looking at the history of our festivals, at where we are at today and where we will be in another 40 years. (We know one thing for sure, we won’t have a level crossing and we will have a sky rail!)

So what makes us uniquely Mooroolbark? We love a good festival! So pick your decade and dress to party!

The festival program will be announced soon, but here’s a huge hint. There’s some fantastic inspiration to be found in the Celebrating Mooroolbark publication by Mooroolbark History Group, along with the Living Today in Mooroolbark archives online. Think Retro Rides to Future Fun!

Now, who’s up for a good, old-fashioned mud fight?!!

 

2019 Dare to Dream Program

Plan your day!

Here you have the rundown of Saturday’s program but don’t forget there are also rides, 120+ stalls with community information, food, drinks and beautiful wares for sale as well as MANY stalls offering free activities!

The Youth Zone has migrated to the East this year to take advantage of skating on the asphalt and Victorian Skating Centre are bringing along some skates for those that don’t have their own. Catch their demos between 11am – 12pm.

Brixton Bar Co are offering drinks in a licenced area down by Brice Ave near the main stage and Museums Victoria will bring the Museum to you with interactive display near the playground. The list is endless. Don’t miss it!

2019 Celebrate Mooroolbark main stage program

2019 Celebrate Mooroolbark program

Celebrate Mooroolbark 2019 Site Map

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.

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.

art creative creativity exhibition

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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.

person holding white pen near white poster

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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.

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.

 

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!!