NSW Seniors Festival celebrates its 60th year in 2018. Here’s what’s on across New South Wales between 4 and 15 April. Whether you’re planning on visiting or live in Sydney, and are looking for something down the road, there are hundreds of events to choose from. With the theme ‘Let’s do more together’, why not take a friend or support worker from Mable with you?
The NSW Seniors Festival Expo will have live entertainment and almost 50 exhibitors, taking place on 5 and 6 April at Sydney’s International Convention Centre. Entrance is free.
The Premier’s Gala Concerts are another fixture in the festival, offering free entertainment to seniors. Last year’s concert showcased hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
At the NSW Seniors Festival Comedy Show, some of Australia’s top comedians will answer some tricky and hilarious questions about ageing. The show takes place in partnership with the City of Sydney, at the Sydney Town Hall.
Are you a nature lover? This year, the Chinese Garden of Friendship is organising a special get together event so you can take a tour and hear about amazing flora, indulge in some tea tasting, enjoy demonstrations and workshops in Chinese arts, and more. The activities are all free but there’s a gold coin donation for entry.
Where: Chinese Garden of Friendship, Pier Street, Darling Harbour, NSW, 2000
When: Wednesday 4 – Friday 13 April, 9:30am – 5:00pm
The Australian Museum opens its doors for Australian Museum Seniors Day on 12 April 2018. This year’s program features special exhibitions Mammoth – Giants of the Ice Age, GADI, and 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum. Tickets are free but booking are essential.
Where: Australian Museum, 1 William St, Sydney
When: Thursday 12 April, 9:30am – 5:00pm (last entry at 4:00pm)
This year the NSW Seniors Festival grants program has supported 103 councils as well as community, volunteer and not for profit organisations across NSW. The program is run by the Department of Family and Community Services for projects which provide opportunities for people over 60 to remain active in their communities.
North Sydney Council is really embracing the festival theme, Let’s Do More Together, and offering a creative arts workshop, guided walking tour, movies and seminars. More information on the Festival program is available.
Outside Sydney, Wollondilly Shire Council is hosting a trivia event at Nepean Dam on 5 April, and Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on 6 April in Picton.
If you are in Western Sydney, why not attend Let’s do more together in Campbelltown and Kinsgrove to stay connected with the community? Activities include concerts, an intergenerational debate, free advice sessions and tours.
Where: Campbelltown City Council and Kingsgrove Community Aid Centre
When: Wednesday 4 April to Sunday 15 April at Campbelltown
Cumberland Council is organising a Seniors’ Week This is Life Wellness Festival. This event offers some ideas on how to nourish the mind, body and spirit with different types of activities such as yoga with live music, Latino Zumba and Bollywood dancing.
Where: Auburn Botanic Gardens, Chisholm Road, Auburn
When: Thursday 12 April 2018 from 11:00am – 2:00pm.