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About the Victorian Seniors Festival

The major statewide festival for Victorians over 60, the Victorian Seniors Festival focuses on providing fun and good times with opportunities to participate in events and activities for free or low cost throughout October each year.

In 2022, the Festival turned 40 and we presented a hybrid festival with our popular online performances including radio plays, interviews and unique music performances complimenting an array of in-person events.

The Victorian Government, through the Seniors, Carers and Elder Abuse Reform branch in the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing, coordinates the Festival and works closely with all 79 local councils. The Festival also works with community and cultural organisations, and commercial partners to coordinate and promote activities and events for senior Victorians in their local area.

A selection of images from the Victorian Seniors Festival featuring performers and Victorian Senior of the Year award winner Anne Tudor with her labrador

Victorian Senior of the Year Awards

The Festival also includes the annual Victorian Senior of the Year Awards. These awards recognise and celebrate the talents, achievements and contributions of older Victorians to their community. Running for more than 20 years, these Awards acknowledge older Victorians who volunteer to assist, support and encourage others. For more information visit the Awards page.

Recognising senior Victorians

In 2020, the Awards were deferred, and the Recognising senior Victorians program was developed, taking a new approach to celebrating the lives of seniors living in aged care. 53 people shared their stories of resilience, hope and courage. Read or listen to their stories. In 2021-22, Recognising senior Victorians returned with seniors from aged care across the state profiled. Read their stories.

Reviewed 14 May 2023

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