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

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2013 Festival photo gallery

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2012 Festival photo gallery

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2011 Festival photo gallery