The 2015 Victorian Seniors Festival will soon be in full swing with Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley officially launching Celebration Day at Federation Square today.
Celebration Day kick-starts the month-long festival, which boasts more than 1,300 free and low-cost events and activities all over Victoria.
Thousands of seniors will flock to Federation Square today for fun, activities and entertainment, featuring music, dancers, roving performers, information stalls, demonstrations and more.
The University of the Third Age (U3A) Carnival of Learning next to the Yarra includes more than 60 marquees with displays on active living, lifelong learning, arts and crafts, health, technology and travel. Along the river terrace, seniors showcase healthy living activities such as dance, aerobics, tai chi and strength training.
Now in its 33rd year, the theme of this year’s festival is “Celebrating Communities” and recognises the great role seniors play in community life all over the state.
The festival has a wide array of social, cultural, educational and body-and-soul activities that older Victorians can enjoy. From sports to the arts, there is something for everyone.
All 79 Victorian councils take part in the festival offering local events, concerts and activities that provide great opportunities for seniors to participate in community life and improve their health and wellbeing.
Free public transport services will be provided to Victorian Seniors Card holders. Free metropolitan trams, buses and trains and regional bus services will run from Sunday 4 October to Sunday 11 October.
Free travel will be available on V/Line rail and coach services on Tuesday 6 October, Wednesday 7 October, Thursday 8 October, Saturday 10 October and Sunday 11 October.
The festival program can be picked up at any Coles, local council, neighbourhood house or U3A premises. The calendar of events can also be browsed using the Victorian Government’s Seniors Online website. For more information visit or call Seniors Information Victoria on 1300 135 090.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley
“The Festival celebrates the invaluable contribution that older Victorians make each and every day to their local communities, right across Victoria.”
“It gives seniors the chance to get involved, meet new people, learn a new skill and enjoy the benefits of living life to the fullest.”
“I urge all seniors to make the most the rich array of events on offer as the 2015 festival promises to be one the most exciting and action packed yet.”
Reviewed 10 February 2021