• 2020 FESTIVAL: March 20th & 21st

    SATURDAY FESTIVITIES
    Red Earth Park &
    Mooroolbark Community Centre
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    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?!!

 

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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

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.

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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.

A Massive Program For You!

Here’s the low down. Short & sweet because there’s SO much to include!!

Harvey Norman Springvale is bringing their STEAM team! They’re loading up the truck with VR and gaming, robots, droids, drones, cameras to run free workshops, T-Shirt and mug printing and items for a silent auction to raise money for Save the Rhinos!! “The boss” is even keen to include a display of vintage tech from his personal collection, which is quite AMAZING.

You’ll be able to enjoy:

  • Museum Victoria’s interactive display and
  • storytelling with Eastern Regional Libraries,
  • roving performers,
  • numerous rides,
  • an animal petting farm,
  • Scout rope bridge,
  • classic cars,
  • a MASSIVE marketplace with retailers, food, drinks and community information, free workshops and
  • Yarra Ranges Regional Museum’s very cool interactive workshops at 11am and 12pm demonstrating lots of spinning objects and a dancing robot and you will learn how to make, decorate and test-fly your own Bitty (little) Boomerang!

Find details and highlights on our Program page on:

  • the Main Stage program,
  • Mooroolbark Community Centre,
  • our Active Living Hub,
  • the Youth Stage and
  • Belly Dancing.
And an added feature this year is the Mini Vintage Computer Faire hosted by Microbee Technology. We recently discovered this little gem hidden away in our vintage shopping centre (The Terrace). Ewan J Wordsworth purchased the original 1980s Australian computer company Microbee, whom he worked for as a teenager when they supplied a majority of Australian schools with computers. He now rebuilds vintage computers and produces computer kits for kids getting into an IT career.
Here’s an interview with Ewan by the Centre for Computing History in the UK on YouTube here.

And for those that can’t go without a map (that’s me), here it is.

Site Map and highlights at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2018.

#celebratemooroolbark

It’s Competition Time!!

Start work on your entries now, showcase your talents and win! Here are the 2018 competitions laid out for you, take your pick and then click on the links for more details and entry forms.


pexels-photo-116366.jpegProduce your own mini sci-fi on your phone and enter the Short Film Comp. Sponsored by Harvey Norman Springvalethere are some very exciting prizes on the way…

How could you resist?!?

Click HERE for more info and to enter.


Enter the parade with friends, a community group, school, business and take out the best-dressed prize of $400 CASH for your group! Winners will be awarded 1st and 2nd place ($200 CASH) by local Liberal representatives; Federal Liberal Member for Casey and 30th Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon Tony Smith MP; State Member for Casey Christine Fyffe; and State Member for Croydon, the Hon David Hodgett MP

Follow THIS LINK for more info and to register your groups’ participation.


Imagine a fictionalised future, interview someone about their vision, produce a comic or research the profession of a scientific field for your writing competition entry!

Winners will be awarded their prizes on the main stage at 12.15pm by our Deputy Premier, Labor Minister for Education and Emergency Services, the Hon James Merlino MP!

Cash prizes to be award as follows:

Section 1st place 2nd place 3rd place
PRESCHOOL – GRADE 2: $20 $15 $10
GRADES 3 – 6: $30 $25 $20
YEARS 7 – 12: $50 $35 $25

AND a school’s prize of $100 will be awarded to the best performance overall. Click HERE for details on how to enter, but be quick!


art-creative-metal-creativity.jpgGet hands-on with found objects and materials, build your own invention for the future and enter it into the recycled sculpture competition!

There’s a $100 cash prize for the best entry! Sponsored by the Disabled Peoples’ Group. Info on how to enter is HERE.


Take your talent to the stage in Red Earth UnEarthed!

7:30pm Friday March 23, 2018 @ Mooroolbark Community Centre.

1st prize winners in each category below are given the opportunity to perform on the main stage at the festival the following day, Saturday 24 March 2018.

CASH PRIZES TO BE WON

Section 1st place 2nd place 3rd place
UNDER 16: $100 $75 $50
OPEN: $100 $75 $50
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: GROUP $100 SOLO/DUO $100

Click HERE to enter before Friday 16 March. Instrumentalists, magicians and unusual acts particularly encouraged to apply!

A huge thanks to our Red Earth Partners, the Lions Club of Mooroolbark, Mooroolbark Christian Fellowship and Yarra Ranges Council.


Entries to all competitions will be regarded highly if they fit the theme and this year we are building the festival around the theme of

No Barriers – Future Possibilities…

What does this mean?

Think of the many ways that the human race has overcome barriers to date and then imagine the future possibilities; planes and spacecraft have taken us into the skies and beyond, both modern and ancient medicines have tackled deadly diseases, overcome disabilities and improved our quality of life. Where will such things as robotics take us into the future?

We will be placing a strong focus on advancements in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) disciplines, and the way they have developed and interrelate with our lives to open up future possibilities and break down the barriers we face. For children and teens, we are highlighting the fun in learning in areas such as robotics, coding, engineering and animation.

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.