Red Earth Park is not just going to be awakened, it's going to be party town with Red Earth Awakened celebrating on its grounds. This is a party like no other! Kicking off over two days (Fri 20 from 7pm & Sat 21 Mar 2020 from 10am to 4pm) it all begins with Red Earth Unearthed - a Talent Quest, at the Mooroolbark Community Centre, 125 Brice Ave, Mooroolbark and Red Earth Park, right next to the Community Centre. This is a ticketed event at $5-$10 (families) at the door. Come along and support the performers that are competing in three categories: Junior 16 & under, Open 17 & over and Dance - all ages.
If you're a performer and want to participate for free in this competition, applications are still open till 10pm Friday 6 March 2020. There are cash prizes, trophies and two People's Choice Award for Individual/Duo and Group to be won, plus the winning act in each category will have the opportunity to perform at the Festival the following day on one of the 3 stages.
There's a NEW Songwriting Competition afoot for Primary School and Secondary School categories. Hurry as entries close Friday 6 March 2020. Entries will be judged based on originality, creativity and interpretation of the theme. Winners will be announced on the Main Stage at the Festival on Saturday.
If you have talent of a different kinda, have experience with stage managing and sound equipment, able to work quickly between acts with good people skills and can start at 8am as a STAGE MANAGER fill in the form and get your enquiries answered via Barbara Austin at email@example.com or 0417 381 542. If you happen to have a disused inflatable pool with a minimum 2m of width/length/diameter, they're interested in that too!
Entry to Red Earth Park in the Mooroolbark /community Centre, the Terrace Shopping Centre and throughout the precinct the next day on Saturday 21 March 2020 from 10am to 4pm for the Parade and Festival is FREE, so REGISTER FOR YOUR FREE TICKET. The theme is Red Earth Awakened - 40 years on which celebrates 40 years history of both the Red Earth Festival and Celebrate Mooroolbark. There's lots of free and low-cost activities for all ages, live music, rides, roving performers, an active living hub, food, drinks, local information and a huge market to enjoy. They sure love a good festival so pick your decade and dress to party! The full festival program is not out yet, but think Retro rides to Future Fun and follow their Facebook page for updates and snippets of information. You can also go through the Living Today in Mooroolbark archives online to give you a snapshot of inspirations.
The Street Parade will march at 10am sharp from Hookey Park in Station Street, turns left into Brice Avenue and heads to Manchester Rd before turning around and marching the length of Brice Avenue to the Festival at Red Earth Park. If you're a school, business, community group or a bunch of creative friends, you can walk, ride or drive (at walking pace) and join the Parade. Floats, classic cars, hotrods or otherwise spectacular vehicles are welcome. Dress to the theme (Red Earth Awakened 40 Yrs On) and be in the competition for best-dressed prizes of $400 1st Price and $200 Runner Up. SEE HERE for enquiries and applications.
On that note, there's also a call out for Creatives and Constructors for the Recycled Sculpture Competition. $100 cash prize and your name on the perpetual trophy is up for grabs and winners will be announced from the Main Stage at the Festival. Entries will be exhibited at The Terrace Shopping Centre from 17-30 March 2020. Get the deets and be sure your entries are no larger than one cubic metre and must be 100% recycled material. A gold coin donation is all it'll cost you to enter.
If you're into films, there's also a SHORT FILM COMPETITION open for submissions. The submission must be 1-2mins long, inclusive of credits. The deadline is 10 March 2020 so APPLY NOW and get all the details via the link. Submissions will be judged and screened at the Festival on the Saturday.
Parkville Music will NOT be sleeping on the job as the Headline Act! Fast establishing themselves as one of the most exciting emerging acts on the Australian Music Scene with their concoction of folk, pop and indie-rock, you'll have a hard time resistinggroovy moves. If you've not come across this energetic band, now is the time to change all that.
On the same day (Sat 21 Mar) from 11.30am to 2.30pm, roll up to Circus Activities with Circus Lab. Get a taste of the circus and learn amazing tricks with the circus trainer. Try your hand at juggling, hula hoop, devil sticks, spinning plates, diabolo, unicycle and much more. It's an activity suited to everyone, children and adults.
The Vintage Computer Faire is also on the 21st Mar from 10am to 4pm, hosted by Microbee Technology. See computer history in action with a large number of working exhibits of old computers. If you'd like to be part of the exhibition, SEE HERE for the enquiry form. There's a small fee for testing and tagging.
The 9metre beached humpback whale from The Whales Tale will return thanks to Yarra Ranges Council's Rivers to the Bay Program. You'll also find their Environmental & Sustainability Info on-site, including the current Solar Savers Program. PLUS Yarra Ranges Council's Graffiti Team will be attending with info on the free graffiti clean-up trailers and graffiti clean up bins that Council makes available to community groups, residents and businesses to assist in managing graffiti on private property.
The story goes that the whale's navigator (spirit of the Whale) emerges from the mouth of her trusty friend to discover they are in the wrong place and Manilayo the whale is definitely out of sorts. A desperate call for a doctor, heralds the arrival of Dr Walrus, the oversized doctor of questionable ability. No stone is unturned as a series of diagnosis ensues. Slapstick routines, dances, feeding the audience as krill, and a ridiculous auction from the evil shark still bring them no closer to a solution. No spoilers here, Find out what happens next at Celebrate Mooroolbark on Saturday 21 March. Performances are FREE. No bookings required! Performance times to be announced soon. Stay updated on Facebook from where I've gleaned the following snippets.
12.30pm - Your child's dream cubby house Auction/fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation on the Main Stage. BE there to bid. To preview the cubby, find it at the pop-up stand at Chirnside Shopping Centre.
This is a really FULL-ON event, so don't miss out on all the fun and be there with family and friends!