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Victorian seniors festival streamed direct into homes

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 19 May 2020: In its 38th year, the Victorian Seniors Festival is returning in a new digital format streamed directly into the homes of more than one-million Victorian seniors.

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan today officially launched the Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined to ensure Victoria continues to celebrate and keep our seniors’ community connected.

Due to the current coronavirus restrictions, the annual celebration of older Victorians has been transformed, with the month-long Festival turned into a six-month virtual party. The reimagined theme highlights that our Victorian seniors can still thrive despite the pandemic.

In its new format the Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined delivers three broadcasts each week, all showcasing some of Australia’s biggest and best talent, along with stories recognizing and celebrating seniors across the State.

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan says, “The Victorian Seniors Festival is an important part of Victoria’s social calendar, and it’s great to see it will continue as something for older Victorians to enjoy during this uncertain time.”

“We wanted to ensure the reimagined festival had a mixture of activities and broadcasts for everyone to enjoy and by extending the festival to six months we’re keeping people connected for longer.”

With broadcasts of online events and activities, seniors will be treated to music, stand-up comedy, Bollywood dancing, and more – all from the comfort of their own homes. This year’s festival theme, ‘In the groove’, is a call for all older Victorians to embrace the new opportunities the Festival has to offer.
The virtual Festival will run right through to October and is hosted by Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid, founders of All The Queens Men, and frequent partners of the Victorian Seniors Festival.

The Victorian Government provided $5.45 million to address social isolation and keep senior Victorians connected as part of the $59.4 million packages it recently announced to support mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic.

For more information about virtual events and activities, visit seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/festivalsandawards.

Victorian Seniors Festival kicks off on 5 Oct.


By News Desk

Melbourne, 3 October: Seniors are going to have many fun-filled days with a Victorian Seniors Festival kicking off this Sunday 5 October at the Federation Square, marking the start of a month of jam-packed activities and events for you to enjoy.
With over 1,500 free or low cost events across the state, the festival is a great opportunity to get out, have a good time and try out new things, starting with Celebration Day this Sunday 5 October at Federation Square from 10:30am to 4:00pm.
During Festival week you can drop into the free RDNS Melbourne Festival Hub at Melbourne Town Hall, open daily 10:00am to 4:30pm from Monday 6 – Friday 10 October. Or why not enjoy free concerts on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 October, at Federation Square’s Deakin Edge, presented by Lifeview Residential Care?
There’s also the State Trustees Country Concert Series at 23 fabulous locations across Victoria, featuring some of our best loved performers including Jade Hurley, Wendy Stapleton, Colleen Hewitt and Grace Knight.
Whatever your passion – there’s something for everyone at this year’s festival. Make sure you browse the Victorian Seniors Festival online event calendar to check out more events happening in your local area during October.
And remember there’s free public transport for all Victorian Seniors Card holders during Festival week, so start planning your festival adventure today!
Thanks to the Festival Premier Partners – the City of Melbourne, Lifeview Residential Care, State Trustees and the RDNS (Royal District Nursing Service).
The Victorian Government launched Seniors Count! –the Seniors Participation Action Plan, along with $5 million in new funding to better support seniors and create more age-friendly communities.
Over the next five years the funding will focus on key areas to address the digital divide of seniors not connected to the internet, support the mature-age workforce, improve understanding of health and ageing, create more age-friendly communities, and promote life planning for seniors.
With people now living longer and more active lives, the plan heralds a major shift in how we think about ageing and sets a new direction for ageing in Victoria.
In 2015 the Seniors Card program will be extended to offer business discounts to seniors who are working 35 hours or more per week, providing access to a great range of discounts on goods and services from businesses across Victoria.

As a Seniors Card holder you are already able to access these benefits, but you may have friends or family members that will be eligible for the new Seniors Business Discount Card from 2015.

Details on when the card will be introduced will be announced in 2015. In the meantime read these Frequently Asked Questions and keep an eye on Seniors Online next year for more information.

- SAT News Service