• 2018 FESTIVAL… 24th 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]

  • Ghawazee Belly Dancers
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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!!

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!

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Writers, this is for you!!

[EDIT: The deadline for entries has been extended to Friday 17th March, 2017]

Writers, this is for you!!

Celebrate Mooroolbark is running a Writing Competition for students, sponsored by Victoria’s Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, James Merlino MP! Winners will be awarded cash prizes by Mr Merlino himself, on the main stage of the festival between 11:40am and 12 noon.

Explore the ways we can individually and collectively sustain, preserve and beautify our world and its resources, or write an imaginative piece around the theme of environmental sustainability. You might like to consider the following questions to get you started:

  • What concerns you most about the environment – locally/nationally/globally?  
  • Why/How is it easy to “be green”?
  • Why is “being green” important now and in the future?
  • Imagine a world/city/town where everyone lived sustainably, what would it look like?
  • Can you imagine the future and how people’s lives might be different to ours if environmental sustainability is/is not adopted by people today?

Entry is a Gold Coin and entries should be submitted to the Mooroolbark Community Centre no later than Friday, March 17.

Head over to our Writing Competition page for more details on how to enter.

MOVIE MAYHEM!

Come dressed as your favourite character or movie star on Saturday 19th March (you might even win a prize for your efforts). We have some exciting ideas for bringing this theme into the festival, if you’d like to contribute some more, comment below or send us a message. We’d love to hear yours!

Celebrate Mooroolbark's theme this year is Movie Mayhem

Movies abound at the 2016 Celebrate Mooroolbark. Come along dressed as your favourite character or actor!

 

Stig Wemyss Author

Stig Wemyss, hilarious character and Australia’s most loved narrator of audio books for children and young adults, is joining us at Celebrate Mooroolbark, at 12.30 and again at 1.30pm in the MCC Auditorium.
Stig Wemyss

Stig is the author of The Tripp Diaries, a wildly funny series of audio books about an Aussie family on a road trip around Australia. 12-year old Nick Tripp knows his Dad is crazy and this epic adventure just proves it! Who’d want to be crammed in the family station wagon for, like a year or something, with a whinging nine-year-old, the fossil parents and worst of all, his 16-year old sister? Come and hear Stig Wemyss tell us some of the wacky tales from The Tripp Diaries. Dads, you are not going to want to miss this!

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stig & 2 boys

My Favourite Storybook

Celebrate Mooroolbark is an annual autumn festival at Red Earth Park and Mooroolbark Community Centre.

In 2015 the theme of the festival is “My Favourite Storybook” and all those participating or visiting are encouraged to dress up, decorate and/or act up to the theme!

The Friday night Talent Quest kicks of the festivities at 7.30pm on 20th March in the Community Centre. This is a great family-friendly event and at $5 entry it’s a great night out, with a yummy supper provided by the Mooroolbark Christian Fellowship! Those itching to get on stage can enter the Quest for free via the online entry form at https://celebratemooroolbark.com/competitions/

Festivities continue 10am – 4pm Saturday 21st March with an abundance of free and low cost entertainment for everyone.

Watch the morning street parade, enjoy live local talent, browse the marketplace of over 80 stalls and take in the sights and sounds of the carnival atmosphere. Choose from a huge assortment of delicious food available and find a spot for your picnic rug on the grass in front of the main stage.

Young children can enjoy craft activities, storytelling, Gymbaroo’s obstacle course for 0 – 5 year olds, having their faces painted, rides, interacting with roving performers, dancing and drumming along with stage entertainers and more.

For the rest of us the FREEZA stage hosts a number of local bands, amongst the Red Earth Gallery inside the Mooroolbark Community Centre. Outside there are remote control cars, temporary tattoos and rides, food and drinks and more.

Involving local schools, businesses, community groups and individuals the festival is a great place to get to know your community. Participate in workshops, chat to your local politicians, find information on local community groups and have a dance with your neighbour.

Numerous competitions are available each year for school groups and community members to try their luck, with fantastic prizes offered by local businesses.

This is just a sample of the attractions to delight in. As the festival draws nearer go to the Celebrate Mooroolbark website or Facebook Page for the latest updates.

Transport is easy – just take the train to Mooroolbark or check the bus schedule on http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/ If travelling by car then you can approach Brice Avenue from Hull, Lincoln, Manchester or Cambridge Roads. Please note that Brice Avenue and Station Streets are closed for approximately 1 hour to allow for the street parade to take place on the Saturday morning. Road closure details are advertised 2 weeks prior to the festival each year.

2014 – A flourishing community celebration!

It was a beaut day! Celebrate Mooroolbark 2014 – a flourishing community celebration!

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Expressions of appreciation came from many unexpected quarters. I was particularly moved by the reflective comments made by seasoned festival attendees – some of whom were seeing the festival through seemingly new eyes. Their comments dwelt on the powerful way the Festival provides increasing numbers of people in our community with the opportunity to linger together and have a small glimpse of the joy of mingling, chatting, smiling and laughing together – enjoying the laughter of children, the talents of local performers, the flair of those who dress up, the atmosphere created by the stalls, presentations and activities…

From the community stage to inside the Community Centre…

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…people simply enjoyed being together!

Andy Griffiths the children’s author spoke to a standing room only crowd:

2014 Andy Griffiths crowd

And the hats were amazing – here are the junior and open winners:

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And a closeup of that hat!

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Thanks everybody! And plenty of plaudits to our sponsors: Yarra Ranges Council, Bendigo Bank, Lions Club, Living Today in Mooroolbark, The Professionals, Rokat Design, St Francis in the Fields, Goodlife Health Clubs… See you next year!

Randall Bourchier, Vice Chairperson

If you’d like to stay in touch please join our Facebook page, where we’ll be posting more photos and announcing competition winners over the next 2 weeks. We welcome your feedback there or write to admin@celebratemooroolbark.com or if you’d like to join the organising committee contact Barb at barbara@celebratemooroolbark.com or phone her on 0417 381 542.