BENDIGO’S elderly residents are getting involved in the Seniors Festival.
Thirty-five events and activities are planned for the week-long festival, which was officially launched yesterday with a concert by Denise Drysdale at The Capital theatre.
Speaking at the launch, Councillor Alec Sandner noted the important role seniors played in the community.
“The whole idea of these events is to keep senior people engaged with the community, getting out and about and doing things that they may not otherwise do,” he said.
“Seniors can sometimes be forgotten in the mix.
“There are a large number of seniors in the community and it’s up to us to give seniors the opportunity to get out and about and do things.”
Cr Sandner, noting that he was himself a senior, said many older residents volunteered their time to helping others in retirement.
About 2500 seniors are expected to attend more than 35 events this week, with a Seniors Festival Hub at the Town Hall and Civic Gardens a highlight.
“We’ve got Peter Russell Clarke from Monday to Wednesday, there’s demonstrations of woodwork, yoga, wine appreciation, scrapbooking, Facebooking in Bendigo for the week, just to name a few,” Cr Sandner said.
“These events are very popular.”
In the Civic Gardens yesterday, there were performances by the Chinese Lion Dancers and Ulumbarra Aboriginal Singers, as well as beer tastings.
During the festivities, demonstrations will run across a range of areas, including cooking, gardening, men’s health, fitness and technology.
The festival runs until Sunday.
For more information, visit www.bendigo.vic.gov.au