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