Se­niors Fes­ti­val kicks off

Benalla Ensign - - News -

Much of the Be­nalla com­mu­nity is join­ing more than 140 000 older Vic­to­ri­ans in at­tend­ing the Vic­to­rian Se­niors Fes­ti­val this month.

Launched this week with more than 2500 statewide events and ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer, there is sure to be some­thing for ev­ery­one to en­joy.

Vic­to­rian Hous­ing, Dis­abil­ity and Age­ing Min­is­ter Martin Fo­ley opened the fes­ti­val, kick­ing off a colour­ful af­ter­noon that in­cluded Bol­ly­wood danc­ing, rock ‘n’ roll per­for­mances by the Wendy Sta­ple­ton Band and soul­ful Abo­rig­i­nal mu­sic by the Kutcha Ed­wards Trio.

The month-long Vic­to­rian Se­niors Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates the one mil­lion-plus Vic­to­ri­ans aged over 60 who make sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to our so­ci­ety.

This year’s fes­ti­val theme, ‘‘Get So­cial’’, pro­motes in­clu­siv­ity and di­ver­sity among older Vic­to­ri­ans.

Re­gard­less of back­ground, ex­pe­ri­ence or mo­bil­ity, ev­ery­one is en­cour­aged to take part in the fes­ti­val to learn new skills and make new friends in their com­mu­ni­ties.

More than 1000 peo­ple reg­is­tered to at­tend the Se­nior Vic­to­ria Big Band Dance.

Dance lovers across Mel­bourne and re­gional Vic­to­ria flock to the event each year, where they can kick up their heels and dance in se­quence to the New Vogue ball­room dance styles that dom­i­nated the ’30s.

The fes­ti­val spreads well beyond Mel­bourne with hun­dreds of free and low-cost events for re­gional Vic­to­ri­ans to en­joy.

From Bendigo to Wodonga, older Vic­to­ri­ans can choose from 28 coun­try con­certs, as well as sev- eral film screen­ings, game days and more.

Vic­to­rian Se­niors Card hold­ers can ex­plore all the ac­tiv­i­ties and events on of­fer with free pub­lic trans­port un­til Oc­to­ber 14.

Older Vic­to­ri­ans need to carry their se­niors myki and Vic­to­rian Se­niors Card with them, and touch on and off as usual — but will not be charged dur­ing this free pub­lic trans­port pe­riod.

For more in­for­ma­tion about events and ac­tiv­i­ties, visit www.se­nior­son­line.vic.gov.au or pick up a free Vic­to­rian Se­niors Fes­ti­val pro­gram at any Coles store, lo­cal li­brary, coun­cil of­fice or Neigh­bour­hood house. You can also phone 1300 797 210 to have a pro­gram sent to you.

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Get in­volved: Be­nalla’s se­nior ci­ti­zens can take part in a num­ber of fun and in­clu­sive ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing this year’s Vic­to­rian Se­niors Fes­ti­val.

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