Celebrate Mooroolbark Festival on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 March 2018 is an annual community event held at Red Earth Park Community Park & Mooroolbark Community Centre, 74 Brice Avenue, Mooroolbark. It launches on the Friday at 7.30pm with Red Earth UnEarthed at the Community Centre. Tickets are $5 for individuals and $10 for families,and includes supper provided by Mooroolbark Christian Fellowship. The festival then continues on the Saturday from 10am to 4pm, kicking off with a vibrant street parade along the Brice Avenue shopping precinct to the festival hub at Red Earth Park.
Bring your picnic rug to plant yourself down for the day as there's going to be plenty to entertain with 2 stages of live entertainment, over 100 stalls in the marketplace, roving performers, storytelling, drumming, rides, children's activities, school stalls, not-for-profit enterprises and more. Explore the site and inside the Community Centre as they showcase their programs and art gallery. Keep a close eye on the website and Facebook event pages closer to date as updates and further additions to the programs will be announced closer to date.
In line with this year's theme, a strong focus will be built around advancements in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) disciplines, and how they've developed and interrelate with our lives. How have they opened up future possibilities and broken down barriers that we face? For children and teens, the highlight will be the fun in learning in areas such as robotics, coding, engineering and animation. In our changing world, what is the future going to look like?
With more music and entertainment than ever before, the fun will be ramped up this year, so stay tuned for program details coming soon on the event page. While you're there, be sure to check the 'discussion' section of the event page for ongoing convos. Until the program arrives, here's a tiny snippet of what's going to go down!
The Mooroolbark Lions Club will be having their sausage sizzle which is always good value, so be sure to head down their way to support this group that have sponsored the festival for many years.
Special Guest Don Elgin perfectly represents this year's theme as a motivational speaker and Paralympian. He's an inspiration and will be commanding the Main Stage from 10am, then meeting and greeting people at the Mooroolbark Umbrella Group stall.
Pans on Fire will be performing on the Main Stage, and are a highlight of the Festival with their energetic live performances.
Sympatico will also be performing on the Main Stage this year, and display their wide range of music styles from ragtime to Celtic, and classical to pop. You won't want to miss them.
Tubby the Robot and Baby Tubby will be back! Tubby is made from tubs and other recycled bits, and he lives among the people and does what people do. He's the archetypal Everyman in a metal skin. He shines the light on the universal themes of belonging, community and a hopeful vision of the future.
Formerly known as the Talent Quest, Red Earth Unearthed launches this festival and will sell tickets at the door on the night (Fri 23 Mar). This is an event that celebrates amazing local talent. It has been injected with new energy as it expands its reach in unearthing the talent of Mooroolbark and surrounds. If you'd like to participate as a contestant (musicians, dancers, singers, comedians, bands & other talents) at this family-friendly talent quest, applications are still open till 16 March 2018. Entry is free, and there are prizes to be won, so take the opportunity to strut your stuff on stage. Apply HERE.
On that note, there are other competitions still open if you'd like to apply. The Writing Comp is open till Friday 16 March - 5pm, the Film Comp till Sunday 18 March - 11.59pm and the Recycled Sculpture Competition is taking entries on Tuesday 20 March from 3.30-6pm. Keep in mind that this year's theme is No Barriers. Future Possibilities, in the writing comp, think of the many ways that the human race has overcome barriers to date and then imagine the future possibilities.
If you're submitting your short film video entries, you're encouraged to base it on how Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) have assisted the human race to overcome barriers and the possibilities of where they'll take us into the future. The recycled sculpture comp calls for no less than being a creative and constructor. Get busy building with found objects and materials with your own invention for the future.
Applications for stall holders are still open and you can contact Liz Ryan on 0434 012 264 or email email@example.com If you're interested in other ares of this festival like the Parade which garners a best dressed and runner up prize, or participate as a school, or simply join the festival team (coordinating stalls, volunteers, the street parade and site management), check out the website.