Victorian seniors in the spotlight as festival starts

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VICTORIANS aged 60 years and over are being celebrated, as the state hosts its 35th seniors festival.

The 23-day program start on Sunday and features more than 1500 events, statewide.

Celebrations in the City of Greater Bendigo begin on Monday with a music concert at the Capital Theatre.

Honey B and the Stingers will perform hits from the ’50s and ’60s from 11am. Entry costs $6.

Other festival highlights in Bendigo include a musical performance by Bendigo Senior Secondary College students, from 2pm – 3.30pm on Wednesday at the Bendigo Art Gallery.

Community broadcaster Phoenix FM will host an open day on Wednesday from 10am – 2pm.

The radio station, which will soon celebrate its 10th anniversary, has a high number of “senior volunteer presenters”.

“Some of our presenters are well into their 80s,” Anne Conway, of Phoenix FM, said. 

“We celebrate and value them very much.”

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She invited people to come along to learn more about how the station operates and meet the people involved.

A sausage sizzle and tea and coffee will be provided, with the support of the Huntly Epsom Lions Club.

“There will also be an art exhibition featuring the work of some of the Phoenix FM members,” Ms Conway said.

Performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury will be staged at St Paul’s Cathedral in Bendigo from 8pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Entry costs $20.

Victorian Seniors Festival celebrations in the City of Greater Bendigo include opportunities to dance, laugh, exercise, and appreciate and create art. 

Involved groups and organisations include the Bendigo Laughter Club, Bendigo Art Gallery, Z Fit Studios, the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Bendigo U3A, iDance, and the Bendigo Radio Controlled Aircraft Club. 

For more information about Bendigo’s seniors festival events, visit bendigo.vic.gov.au or call the city on 5434 6000. 

V/Line services will be free for seniors card holders from October 9 – 14.

Melbourne trains, trams, buses and regional town bus services will be free from October 8 – 15.