If you’re at that age when you can remember attending amazing festivals in the 60s or 70s, then now’s the time to either dust off the flares or unearth that little-black-number, because this festival is made for you!
Well… perhaps it’s not really a walk down memory lane to the days of Woodstock or Australia’s own Sunbury Pop Festival, however the focus is on providing you with the latest news, information and services to make your ‘time in the sun’ the best it can be — with lots of fun thrown in.
Organised by FACS (Department of Family and Community Services), the NSW Seniors Festival is designed to celebrate the role seniors’ play, and the contributions they make to our state community as well as their involvement in a wide array of fields.
So, what is happening?
Hundreds of events ranging from art, sport, music, entertainment, technology, recreation, health, good nutrition, etc, are supported by government, community as well as commercial organisations, and runs from Wednesday 4th April to Sunday 15th April,
This year will be a biggie, as it’s the 60th anniversary of the event with the theme appropriately titled: Let's Do More Together!
And ‘together’ is precisely correct, this year there be up to 500,000 seniors involved, as it is the largest festival for seniors in the Southern Hemisphere. If you’re over 60 and looking for a chance to get active in your community, this is the gig for you.
What about the naked elephant in the room?
Some of the highlights may surprise, shock or even delight. How about a session of life drawing for seniors, or what about having a flashback to the greatest toys of your generation?
And, when was the last time you had your dentures checked or your eyes tested, as well as making sure your bones are the right condition… let alone in the right places? Although, if you think that’s getting too serious, you should pop into one of the many comedy shows that are laughing their way across the state.
With an incredible presentation that also includes ukulele lessons, Elvis concerts and language lessons, about the only thing missing at this year’s festival is possibly ghost hunting and UFO abduction experiences… well, maybe that’ll be next year.
Finally, you ask, who can go?
• People over 60
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over the age of 50, and
• People over 50 that have a lifelong disability.
So, if you are over 60 (or under 50 and fall within the guidelines), NSW Seniors Festival gives you a great excuse to get out there and make new friends. Plus, as many of the events are free or incredibly subsidised, you’ll even have more reasons to catch up with long-term friends.
One final word, if you’d love to go but it’s all too difficult or there’s no one to support you, why not get a care worker? Careseekers has hundreds of support workers that can get you back in the party mood. Contact us for a quick chat.
For more details on this once-a-year festival, and to see what is planned to occur in your area, visit the events section of NSW Seniors Festival.
Of course, the great thing about this event is, unlike some of the festivals in the 60s and 70s, at least you’ll remember this one!