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Never Too Late to Learn: NSW Seniors Festival 2016
Is age just a number? You bet it is.
Too many Australians today are too scared to pursue their goals and passions because they feel too old. This doesn’t just apply to work skills and training courses, but also for putting yourself out there and simply growing to maximise your potential.
The 2016 New South Wales Seniors Festival shows us that “no matter what your age, it’s never too late to grow – to learn, to laugh and to be inspired.”
What is the Seniors Festival?
The Seniors Festival is the largest celebration dedicated to seniors and the aged on Australia’s southern side of the globe.
The NSW Family and Community Services originally meant for the festival to recognise seniors for the many roles they play today and thank them for their various contributions to communities in NSW. Previously called the NSW Seniors Week, it has grown much larger today and is now a festival celebrating the energy and experience of seniors across NSW and the rest of Australia.
What Seniors Week events can I join and participate in?
There are heaps of events and activities you can join between the 1st and 10th of April.
Whether you want to join the ‘young at heart’ members of your community, want to spend time with your own senior relatives and friends at festival, or am a senior yourself, there is bound to be a celebration near you.
Here are some of our favorite 2016 NSW Senior Festival events:
1. Festival Expo
Date and Time: 5 April – 6 April, 9:00 AM – 4.30 PM
Venue: Forecourt of Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park
What’s Happening: The Expo is the main event for the 2016 Festival where everything from workshops, travel booths, exhibits, healthy living presentations, prize giveaways, concerts, and much more will be held.
It is the best place to start looking around if you are of what to join and where to go during this more than a week long celebration. The best part is, it is completely open to the public and you can join in the activities anytime during day thanks to their full schedule of performances, workshops, and exhibits.
For more information visit: http://www.nswseniorsweek.com.au/events/expo
2. Comedy Debate: Is Youth Wasted on the Young?
Date and Time: 8 April, 11:00AM – 12:30PM
Venue: Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney
What’s Happening: We’ve all heard the saying, “Youth is wasted on the young”, but how true is it?
We’ll never know for sure, but six comedians will try answering it anyway in a light hearted and comical debate where the audience wins no matter what.
To learn more about how to join, visit https://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/seniors-week-2016-comedy-debate
3. Seniors’ Canoeing and Kayaking
Date and Time: 7th April, 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Venue: Avoca Lake, Avoca Beach
What’s Happening: The outdoors is for everyone and even seniors can get on a canoe, kayak through Avoca Lagoon, and take in its breathtaking views.
Avoca Lagoon is one of the Central Coast’s best kept natural secrets, making this a unique opportunity to explore its beauty and birdlife with experienced guides.
To book your slot, visit https://sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au/event/seniors-canoeingkayaking
4. Premier’s Gala Concert: Puttin’ on the Ritz
Date and Time: 5th April and 6th April, 11:00AM and 2.15PM
Venue: Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park
What’s Happening: The much awaited Premier’s Gala Concerts is a series of 4 concerts over 2 days that attracts as many as 10,000 people per session each year.
This year’s theme is Puttin’ on the Ritz and is going to feature the top hits of the 1920’s up to the 1940s.
Concerts are free for all NSW seniors, but you still need to book tickets (a maximum of 4) in advance.
The full list of performers will be released soon and can be viewed at http://www.nswseniorsweek.com.au/events/gala_concerts
5. Young at Heart Film Festival
Date: 1st-7th April
Venue: Palace Verona & Norton St, Sydney
What’s Happening: Get ready for a whole week of community shows and screenings in the Young at Heart Film Festival.
If you, or someone you know, are a film lover, then Young at Heart, the world’s only film fest for people above 60 is the place to go with its premieres, classics, and social events.
Check out the full schedule at http://www.youngatheart.net.au
6. Tech Savvy Seniors
Date and Time: Held throughout the year
Venue: Community colleges across NSW
What’s Happening: Who says seniors and technology don’t mix?
Smart phones, tablets, and computers are rapidly advancing and becoming more accessible for everyone, including the aged members of our community.
Older Australians may have some difficulty using today’s gadgets, but they benefit as much as anyone when it helps them stay connected and active.
Tech Savvy is a series of year-round workshops to help seniors get past this initial obstacle by teaching them how to access online information and services. The list of NSW community colleges providing training can be found at http://www.nswseniorsweek.com.au/events/Techsavvy
Can I hold and register my own event?
Yes! You or your organisation can create your own activity for seniors and it will be promoted on the official NSW Seniors Festival website to the public, if it is approved.
Here are the requirements to help your event be accepted. It must be:
- 1. Open to the public
- 2. Based in NSW only
- 3. Free or have special discounts
- 4. Held between 1st and 10th of April 2016, and
- 5. Not encourage gambling or promote religious activities
If you fulfill all the criteria above, simply complete the form at http://www.nswseniorsweek.com.au/events/submit-your-event. Images from NSW Seniors Festival website.
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