The Victorian Seniors Festival kicks off today

The Andrews Labor Government Seniors Festival kicks off today, marking its 40th year, celebrating more than one million Victorians over the age of 60 who are making a profound contribution to our state.

Disability, Aging and Care Minister Colin Brooks officially launched the festival in Federation Square today, with seven hours of live music from the Orlando Combo Jazz Band, Makepisi Acapella Choir, Dave Arden Band, Sally Ford and the Idiomatics, Spectrum as well as traveling artists, dances and activities.

The Labor Government has donated $400,000 to support the festival and enable older Victorians to connect, socialize and improve their wellbeing, with nearly 3,000 activities taking place across the state in October to so that older Victorians can enjoy it with family and friends.

Seventy-nine local councils, businesses, and community and cultural organizations will help organize festival activities in all corners of the state, including concerts, dances, sports, arts, talks, and tours. history, as well as a film festival showcasing classic and digitally restored films. movies.

This year’s theme ‘Takin’ it easy’ focuses on presenting accessible and comfortable spaces, both live and online, to ensure our seniors feel relaxed to easily participate and resume events.

Building on the success of previous festivals, this year’s events will include online and radio programming, as well as First Nations performances and entertainment from multicultural artists.

The Country Concert Series will take the festival fun on the road to 26 regional cities and the Aged Care Tour will entertain residents of aged care with music and magicians from September through December.

To ensure that older Victorians can make the most of the Festival, Victorian Seniors Card holders can access public transport for free from October 2-9, including on V/Line.

For V/Line trips that require a reservation, more information is available on Seniors Online: seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/free-travelExternal Link.

Information programs can be found at Coles stores, local councils, libraries and community organisations, or check the online schedule at seniorsonline vic.gov.au/festival.

As Minister for Disability, Aging and Carers Colin Brooks said

“We have a great lineup for this year’s festival – it’s just a way of saying thank you to seniors for all they do.

“The month-long Seniors’ Festival offers Victorian seniors the opportunity to get involved, meet new people, learn new skills or just enjoy the entertainment, whether online or online. nobody.”

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