Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies today launched the 2017 NSW Seniors Festival, which runs until 12 March.
“With the theme Let’s do more together, the festival promotes inclusive communities and provides an opportunity for seniors to try new things, contribute, remain active and engaged in their local communities,” Mrs Davies said.
Now in its 59th year, NSW Seniors Festival (formerly NSW Seniors Week) is the largest festival for seniors in the Southern Hemisphere, with up to 500,000 people taking part in more than 1,000 free or discounted events.
Key events for this year’s Seniors Festival include the Premier’s Gala Concerts, NSW Seniors Festival Expo – both hosted at the International Convention Centre, Sydney – and the 2017 Comedy Debate. The NSW Government has also sponsored more than 160 organisations to host local events right across NSW.
“With the number of NSW seniors growing rapidly, events like the NSW Seniors Festival are more important than ever. That’s why the NSW Government is proud to celebrate the achievements of our seniors and the contribution they make to the wider community,” Mrs Davies said.
The Festival will be brought to life by ambassadors who will share their stories and experiences. The 2017 NSW Seniors Festival ambassadors are Robina Beard OAM, Aunty Sandra Lee, Rev. Dorothy McRae-McMahon, Kumar Pereira, and Graham Ross VMM.
The ambassadors’ profiles, along with listings of the hundreds of free and discounted events on during the Festival are available at www.nswseniorsfestival.com.au/.
The 2017 NSW Seniors Festival campaign facilitates the NSW Government’s commitment to supporting the state’s ageing population under the NSW Ageing Strategy 2016 – 2020 and seeks to acknowledge and celebrate the diversity of seniors in NSW by providing access to activities and services.