36 years of celebrations and memories
The Victorian Seniors Festival has a wonderful history. Some highlights include:
- 1982: The Victorian Seniors Festival starts off as Senior Citizens Week.
- 1990: The first multicultural concert for the Festival is staged at Melbourne Town hall in partnership with the Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria.
- 1991: During Senior Citizens Week, the Victorian Seniors Card is launched.
- 1997: Eight days of free public transport for all Victorian Seniors Card holders is introduced.
- 2002: Senior Citizens Week is re-named the Victorian Seniors Festival.
- 2007: A Festival Hub is introduced at Melbourne Town Hall.
- 2008: Festival Opening Day moves to Federation Square.
- 2012: The Festival celebrates its 30th year!
- 2013: A record number of events were presented by Victoria's 79 local councils
- 2014: A total of 1,602 events were presented by Victoria's 49 regional local councils.
- 2015: A record 25 country concerts were presented in regional and rural Victorian towns.
- 2016: More than 150,000 seniors attended events across the state.
- 2017: Across the state more than 2,700 events took place, including 177 events for people to try tennis, bowls and croquet.
- 2018: Beautiful weather for Celebration Day, a buzzing week at the Festival Hub, and fantastic events across Victoria.
Explore the photo galleries below for a glimpse of past highlights and people.
Reviewed 28 November 2022