Summary

Check out the award winning Truth to power cafe, enjoy Brahms’ epic second piano quartet, visit the Chinese Museum or attend the Stink of Two Cities by Dickens!

Online Victorian Seniors Festival 2021 Online events Culture and performance

Truth to power cafe Launch event - Fri 1 Oct 5.30pm - 6.30pm, continues 2 - 31 Oct

Presented by the London Artists Project & City of Casey

Presenting a digital theatre event exploring "who has power over you?"

Truth to Power Cafe© is an internationally acclaimed performance and digital theatre  event inspired by the political and philosophical beliefs of Nobel Prize winning playwright Harold Pinter and his Hackney Gang.

Earlier this year, thirty people from our City of Casey and Bunjil Place community took part in this unique digital theatre event told through memoir, poetry, music and film. Participants performed on our main stage and spoke passionately from the truth of their lived experience in response to the question: Who has power over you and what do you want to say to them? to create a unique celebration of time, place and community. 

Join project creator Jeremy Goldstein and the participants for our Festival Launch and in-person premiere screening and post show talk with Jeremy Goldstein and participants taking part in the project on Friday 1 October.

From Saturday 2 October - Sunday 31 October, Truth to Power Cafe will be available to watch for free online. 

This event is free and registration is registration is essential for the live discussion on Friday 1 October. Visit the website to register.
You will be emailed instructions on how to access this event online via their Ticketing Account. 

For more information contact Yoshi De Wilde at the City of Casey on 9705 5200 or email.


Online video exhibition “Who We Are” - Available until 20 December 2021

Presented by the Museum of Chinese Australian History

An eight-episode video series that celebrates Australia’s multicultural heritage by providing insights into the immigration journeys of Chinese-Australians and their significant participation in contemporary Australian society. Who We Are showcases eight individuals through videos that bring to light the similarities and differences of Chinese-Australians who have contributed to the transformation of Australia into a multicultural society. 

Available from Monday 20 September to 20th December 2021 

This event is free. Visit the Chinese Museum website for more information and to view the exhibition.  


Melbourne Chamber Orchestra - Mon 4 Oct 2pm - Sun 17 Oct

Presented by the Boroondara Seniors Festival

Join the Boroondara Seniors Festival with a free online performance by the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra (MCO).

Enjoy Brahms’ epic second piano quartet - Piano Quartet No.2 in A major, Op.26. This must-see event is full of youthful ardour and joie de vivre. Each jubilant part forges a magnificent cathedral of sound that has few equals. 

This performance is free and no bookings are required.

For more information and to join the fun visit the Boroondara Seniors Festival website


Jess Hitchcock, Mezzo Soprano, Stories and songs - Fri 8 Oct 3pm - 3.45pm

Presented by the City of Glen Eira

Join award-winning opera singer Jess Hitchcock as she sings, shares stories and answers questions from the audience. A performer, composer and singer-songwriter with family origins from Saibai in the Torres Straits and Papua New Guinea, Jess has toured with Kate Miller-Heidke and Paul Kelly, performed at the Eurovision song contest in Israel, and recently sang a duet of ‘Sorrento Moon’ alongside Tina Arena for Music From The Home Front.

Jess has been a teacher, composer and artist with the Short Black Opera, worked on Opera Australia’s production of The Rabbits, and in Victorian Opera’s Parrwang Lifts the Sky composed by Deborah Cheetham. She won the 2019 Smugglers of Light, Indigenous Music and Media Award and is currently working on a new album.

Register via Trybooking
The link to access the event will be provided when you register.

For more information please call 03 9524 3333 or email seniorsfestival@gleneira.vic.gov.au


Ladies 1960s Fashion - Wed 13 Oct 7pm - 8pm

Presented by the City of Glen Eira

The 1960s were a time of great change, in fashion as it was in all areas of society. Gone were the hourglass figures, the structured underwear, the subdued colours, the glamorous but modest styles of the previous decade. Out, also, was the established system of haute couture: the power dynamic was shifting from the elite - to the street. Join author and fashion historian, Nicole Jenkins for a colourful illustrated talk on this most exciting of decades.

Free, however registration essential via Trybooking
The link to access the event will be provided when you register.

For more information please call 03 9524 3333 or email seniorsfestival@gleneira.vic.gov.au


A guided stroll along the Elwood singing walking trail - Fri 15 Oct and Sat 16 Oct 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Presented by the Elwood St Kilda Neighbourhood Learning Centre

An online guided stroll around a section of the Elwood singing walking trail, singing at up to 6 outdoor locations along the way. The virtual stroll will be led by a small group of singers from Elwood Community Choir, and their leader Jeannie Marsh.

Free, however registration essential via phone 03 9531 1954 or email esnlc@esnlc.com.au
The link to access the event will be provided when you register.


The Boyds of Murrumbeena - Mon 18 Oct 11am - 12pm

Presented by the City of Glen Eira

What do you get when you bring together detailed knowledge of the history of Murrumbeena, the Boyd Family, and Merric Boyd’s artistic legacy? Join expert Colin Smith for a fascinating ‘armchair’ tour of the Boyd’s story and their enduring connection with the Murrumbeena community.

Free, however registration essential via Trybooking
The link to access the event will be provided when you register.

For more information please call 03 9524 3333 or email seniorsfestival@gleneira.vic.gov.au 


Celebration of Life Spring Festival - Mon 18 Oct 11am - 1pm

Presented by the Australian Filipino Association of Victoria

The Australian Filipino Association of Victoria invite you to participate in the Seniors on the Move Celebration of Life Spring Festival.

Come along and hear about the Philippines history, culture and heritage with musical performances, entertainment and dancing.

Free, however registration is essential as places are limited. Please contact Marithes Dumapias on 0420 739 719 or email marithes.dumapias@gmail.com


The Stink of Two Cities by Dickens - Wed 20 Oct 10.30am - 12pm

Presented by Lendlease

The Dickens Fellowship of Toorak present The Stink of Two Cities, Paris  and London in the age of Dickens.

This performance is free and registrations are essential. 

To register and obtain Zoom link please contact Crystal from Lendlease on email 

Crystal can also be contacted on 0447 293 702.


Wyndham Chinese Happy Life Association Celebrates - Fri 22 Oct 10.30am - 12pm

Presented by Wyndham Chinese Happy Life Association

Join the Wyndham Chinese Happy Life Association for a morning of sharing culture through song, dance and performance.

Zoom meeting ID: 830 2646 0148, Password is 123456

For more information please call Anna - 0421 899 399


Jazz on the Terrace - Tues 26 Oct 3pm - 4pm

Presented by Lendlease Classic Residences Brighton

Please join us for a fun afternoon of entertainment by Jen Hawley - continental European jazz & the American classics
This performance is free and registration are essential.

To register and obtain zoom link please contact Crystal from Lendlease on email.  

Crystal can also be contacted on 0447 293 702.


Online exhibition "Do you see what I see?" - Available online throughout October

Presented by Creativity Cluster

The Creativity Cluster group of seven senior Melbourne women artists has just launched its online exhibition ‘Do You See What I See?’

The artists are showing works that they have interpreted in a particular way, but that they expect viewers might interpret quite differently. In planning the show, the artists were cognizant that everyone has their own set of filters, both physical and psychological. These filters shape the way viewers ‘see’ an artwork, as well as the way they respond to it emotionally. 

The Creativity Cluster artists are inviting you to look at each artwork and think about the ideas or feelings it evokes before checking the title of the work. You can then compare your interpretation with what the artist thought she was trying to convey.

View the exhibition on the Creativity Cluster website and also on Instagram.


Check out an online Festival Reimagined performance. Updated monthly until the end of the year.

Check out our online Body and Soul events for October.