Thursday, October 21, 2021

Something for everyone in Geelong Seniors Festival

The Geelong Seniors Festival returns next month with a full program of digital events and at-home activities to enjoy.

The month-long event is the largest community celebration for seniors in regional Victoria and a major partner of the statewide Victorian Seniors Festival.

More than 30 online events are on offer as part of the diverse mix of programming in this year’s Geelong Seniors Festival, with each activity presented by a local community group, business or organisation.

Greater Geelong Mayor, Stephanie Asher said this year’s theme ‘Reimagined: Keepin’ on’ was fitting as the month-long celebrations transitioned to online for the second year in a row.

“As we continue to navigate the challenges of COVID-19 restrictions, it’s important we don’t miss out on the opportunities to connect with others and explore something new in our day,” Mayor Asher said.

“The Geelong Seniors Festival is a great example of an event community members can enjoy at low or no cost that by design helps to improve the health and wellbeing of participants by encouraging active living and building social connections – all key focus areas of Our Community Plan.

“I encourage community members aged 55 years and over to have a look through the diverse program of events for this year’s Geelong Seniors Festival and start filling their calendar.”

The program runs from Friday 1 to Sunday 31 October and activities range from virtual performances and lessons through to skills-building workshops.

Highlights include:

  • A free virtual recipe book celebrating multicultural food;
  • An hour of virtual musical entertainment at the Songs to Remember concert;
  • Two sessions to gain confidence online and learn the importance of cyber safety; and
  • The chance to hear and learn the stories behind some of the amazing items in the Geelong Heritage Centre’s archive.

Several at-home activities are included in the program, allowing participants to explore a range of new hobbies and skills in their own time.

At-home activities on offer include kits for knitting, rock art and flower arrangements to enjoy at home.

Councillor Sarah Mansfield, chair of the Community Health and Aged Care portfolio, said there was something for everyone in this year’s program.

“At a time where we can’t gather in person, community groups and local organisations have still managed to come together to create another full program of digital events and activity kits for Geelong Seniors Festival.”

“With virtual events scheduled each week in October, there’s a whole month of opportunities to connect with their peers, get active or learn a new skill,” she said.

Community members aged 55 years and over are encouraged to take part in the many virtual events and activities on offer.

 See the full Geelong Seniors Festival program online.

Events may change in line with COVID-19 restrictions, please check the program closer to the date. For assistance in viewing the program please contact customer service by calling 03 5272 5272 during business hours or by emailing contact@geelongcity.vic.gov.au.

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