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December 2018

People line dancing at Federation Square jpeg Line dancers performing for the crowd at Celebration day at Federation Square.

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The big band dance.

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The Oxo Cubans – a five-piece groove machine.

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The Bugs Ukelele and Singing group.

Spectacular social events set the scene for seniors festival

Around 150,000 older Victorians participated in the 2018 Victorian Seniors Festival events.

Now in its 36th year, the seniors festival is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services to offer older Victorians the opportunity to get social, try something new in their local area and celebrate the golden years.

Celebration day kicked off the festivities with an estimated 19,200 people enjoying music and dance at Federation Square and Deakin Edge.

Active living demonstrations and a broad range of exhibitor presentations lined the River Terrace.

During the eight days of free public transport for Victorian Seniors Card holders, the festival hub at Melbourne Town Hall saw free concerts, dances, theatre, information sessions, displays and health checks.

The hub events – the activities included salsa dancing lessons, laughter yoga and a centenarian morning tea with a special welcome by Peter Hitchener – attracted 9,720 people.

The AGL concert series included trips down memory lane.

Rockabilly legend Lonnie Lee played the grand old hits of the 1950s and ‘60s.

A performance by the pioneering Australian reggae rock band No Fixed Address was followed by an interview with the lead singer Uncle Bart Willoughby and guitarist Uncle Selwyn Burns about the intertwined histories that have transformed generations of Aboriginal arts practice.

Dancing in the Melbourne Town Hall proved popular, as did LGBTI dance clubs across the state.

The seniors festival also included the coming back out ball – a spectacular social event celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender diverse and intersex older people.

The dress code was gold, formal and fabulous – and the entertainment dazzled.

For seniors wanting a quieter style of event, there were 30 tai chi sessions, 34 croquet sessions, eight IT classes and six classes about researching family history.

There were 28 country concerts across regional Victoria, a silo cinema session in Quambatook and lunch and entertainment sessions including six at greyhound racing clubs.