Queensland Seniors will celebrate a ‘Day of Solidarity between Generations’ on Saturday as the sunshine state kicks off Queensland Seniors Week – being held virtually for the first time in its 60 year history.
Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland Chief Executive, Mark Tucker-Evans said the celebratory week provided opportunities for people across all generations to connect.
“We need to keep those connections, keep showing intergenerational solidarity, keep showing each other respect and care after the pandemic is over,” said Mr Tucker-Evans.
“This pandemic could change forever the way we live together in our communities”
He said while the “OK Boomer” hashtag made global headlines last year, in 2020 a new mantra had emerged – “we are all in this together”.
“When we connect with people of all ages and backgrounds, we often find that there is more that connects us than divides us.”
“Financial inequality, housing affordability, and climate change have become particular areas in which intergenerational tensions and ageism – on both sides – have escalated.
“Our communities are made up of people of all ages who care about and value other people, whether they know them or not, and whatever their age,” said Mr Tucker-Evans.
Queenslanders are invited to gather with family and friends, young and old, to enjoy a specially curated online event on Saturday 15 August, to kick off this year’s Queensland Seniors Week (15-23 August).
Presented by Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and COTA Queensland, the special event called ‘Drawn Together’ will celebrate “the powerful relationships that exist across generations”.
Featuring a hosted in-conversation over morning tea and a variety of performances recorded in QPAC’s Concert Hall and venues in Cairns and Townsville, the 40-minute free event will be streamed online from 10.30am.
Conversation guests will include Dame Quentin Bryce and QPAC Elder in Residence, Aunty Colleen Wall and a variety of artists, performers and young people, discussing both complicated and light-hearted topics.
Interspersed with performances by some of Queensland’s leading musicians and artists, organisers say the conversation will broach ideas of happiness, family heritage, and the value of the arts to individuals and to the community.
WHEN: Saturday 15 August 2020 at 10.30am
WHERE: Streamed online via qpac.com.au
DURATION: Approx. 40 mins
MORE INFO: www.qpac.com.au or phone 136 246
Queensland Seniors Week and Drawn Together are funded by the Queensland Government.
To find out more about Seniors Week visit qldseniorsweek.org.au