Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Stars align for Victorian Seniors Festival

The Victorian Seniors Festival has taken its impressive line-up of musical acts online this year, with COVID-safe performances free for all to hear.

Back for its 38th year, Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan said COVID restrictions wouldn’t dampen enthusiasm for the popular annual Seniors event.

“Usually my simple message is to get out of the house and engage, participate, be involved and do something,” said Mr Donnellan.

“This time around I’m encouraging people still to be engaged with the seniors festival, but it will be online and through radio.”

“During this period of coronavirus, we can’t be out of the house, we can’t be engaging with one another in the same way we usually do, so as a government and as a team we’ve put together [a lot of entertainment] for the seniors festival.”

There’s also an impressive line-up of video performances available as part of this year’s reworked Seniors festival, which runs through until 1 October.

Among the line-up of artists to feature online video is much-loved country music singer/songwriter, the award-winning, Tania Kernaghan (pictured).

Community radio stations have also banded together to present the Victorian Serniors Festival Radio Reimagined Program, which includes music and entertainment from nostalgia to contemporary artists; radio plays – from new recordings of long-established works by Alan Hopgood and Agatha Christie; new plays commissioned by the Festival and a fantastic mix of spoken word, poetry and prose from Australian writers and performers.

Visit the Festival website for a full list of activities at www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/festival

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