March 28, 2018
From a Zumba Gold street party to a comedy show and pop-up exhibition, this April promises plenty of smiles for older Sydneysiders.
The City of Sydney’s Seniors Festival, from Wednesday 4 to Sunday 15 April, is part of the southern hemisphere’s largest annual celebration for seniors and this year the NSW Seniors Festival celebrates 60 years.
New events for 2018 include a pop-up exhibition The Best Things in Later Life, a robotic pot plant workshop and community garden bus tour.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said Seniors Festival is the perfect opportunity for older adults to meet new people and explore the City’s excellent community facilities, including free entry for older residents to its aquatic centres and gyms during the festival.
“Seniors Festival celebrates our older community members and all they have given to society over the years,” the Lord Mayor said.
“The City is proud to offer a range of events and activities that aim to keep everyone active and engaged not only during the festival but all year round.”
Throughout the festival, seniors can enjoy a range of exercise classes, an After Dinner Walking Tour of the historical The Rocks area and a morning tea celebration at the Ron Williams Centre in Redfern.
Highlights of Seniors Festival 2018 include:
Wednesday 11 April, 11am–12.30pm – Sydney Town Hall
Join some of Australia’s top comedians in a show like no other, and debate questions such as ‘Is 60 the new 40?’ and ‘Do grandparents do it better?’ Laugh out loud with Gary Elk, Tommy Dean, Peter Berner, Chris Radburn and Peter Meisel in this one and a half hour show.
The Best Things in Later Life – pop-up exhibition, book launch, live music and canapés
Thursday 12 April – Harry Jensen Community Centre, Miller’s Point
This pop-up exhibition features a selection of the older generation’s best photos, short written pieces and videos describing the best things about later life. Some of these have been collected in a book, which will be launched at the exhibition.
Zumba Gold street party
Friday 13 April, 12.30pm–1.30pm – Martin Place
Emphasising that ageing is awesome and anything is possible, seniors will Zumba together in Martin Place and encourage passersby to take part.
Community Gardens bus tour
Friday 13 April, 9.30am-12.30pm – Central Railway Station – bookings essential on 02 9265 9333
The community gardens bus tour is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to meet new people and visit some of the City’s community gardens including Newtown Community Garden and St Helen’s Community Garden in Glebe. Participants can join the free tour to be inspired, share knowledge and skills whilst learning new tips about these gardens. A light morning tea is included on the tour.
Robotic pot plant workshop
Monday 9 April, 1pm–3pm – Customs House Library
Artist Tully Arno, presents the phenomenal world of plant-based robotics. Borrowing from cutting-edge robotic technologies and a passion for plants and the environment, the artist will show you how to make a robotic plant.
Ageing, hearing and connection talk
Wednesday 4 April, 1pm–2pm – Customs House Library
This talk explores old age, patterns of change and staying connected. There will also be a discussion about the effects of ageing on individual thinking skills and the importance of communicating and being social. Find out if there’s a ‘magic bullet’ for staying sharp and what’s being done to combat ageism and negative views of the elderly.
After dinner walking group
Tuesday 10 April, 5pm dinner and 6pm walk – Harry Jensen Centre, Miller’s Point
Guided by historian Mark Dunn, older adults can join together for a $10 pasta dinner before heading off for an exploratory walk to Observatory Hill and through The Rocks.
Gentle exercise and walking basketball
Mondays, 9.30am–10.30am gentle exercises
Wednesdays, 10am–11am walking basketball – KGV Recreation Centre, The Rocks
During Seniors Week, King George V (KGV) Recreation Centre is promoting its programs of gentle exercises, walking basketball and the KGV Heart Foundation walking group.