35 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. 

Explore the photo galleries below for a glimpse of past highlights and people. You can also see program covers collected over the past 35 years.

2015 Festival photo gallery

2014 Festival photo gallery


2013 Festival photo gallery


2012 Festival photo gallery


2011 Festival photo gallery