NSW Seniors Festival, is an annual NSW Government campaign and the largest festival for people over 60 in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also for people aged 50 and older who have a lifelong disability or people who are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. The theme is Grow Young. It centres on wellness, lifestyle and health and wellbeing in an effort to inspire seniors to enrich their lifestyles and have fun. The festival will continue to focus on past themes of technology, active living and creative engagement. With hundreds of free or specially discounted events held for seniors across the State, there is something for everyone.

The 10-day festival runs from Friday 1 April – Sunday 10 April.

The festival aligns with the priorities of the NSW Ageing Strategy. The campaign provides a platform to harness opportunities for seniors to be active, social and healthy. The campaign promotes social inclusion of seniors and provides opportunities for seniors in NSW to fully participate in community life.

It is also about empowering seniors to try something new and celebrate the contributions made to families, friends, workplaces and communities.

The festival offers opportunities to be:

• Active and healthyCheerful seniors couple

• Independent

• Recognised for their community involvement

1,000 events will take place across NSW and will include:

• Creative activities

• Technology workshops

• Health and fitness seminars

• Information on cooking and good nutrition

• Premier’s Gala Concerts

• Young at Heart Film Festival

• Afternoon Delight

• Sport and recreation activities

• There are 1.3 million seniors who reside in NSW aged 60 years of age or older. The campaign also caters for people aged 50 years and older who have a lifelong disability or are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descentRunning healthy red heart character

• NSW Seniors Festival is the largest festival for the over 60s community in the southern hemisphere

• Celebrating 59 years, the festival is an annual initiative of the NSW Government held every year to celebrate the valuable contribution seniors make to our community and to align with the NSW Ageing Strategy launched in July 2012

• There is over 1,000 events held to celebrate NSW Seniors Festival with approximately 300,000 seniors participating

• More than 300,000 free copies of this year’s campaign magazine will be available for seniors to collect via the following methods: Online at www.nswseniorsweek.com.au

• NSW Seniors Festival is organised and funded by the Department of Family and Community Services

• More than 28,000 seniors will attend the 2016 Premier’s Gala Concerts over two days at Allphones Arena

• A number of local government and community organisations across NSW have been awarded grants through the 2016 NSW Seniors Festival grants programAlte Frau mit Rollschuhen

Fifty Five Plus is thrilled to share this exciting information and hope that as many of our readers as possible will join in.  Others outside NSW or Australia can check with their local councils to find activities in their own areas or countries and perhaps if there are none, become advocates to gain recognition for seniors and to celebrate age.

Our thanks go to Nan Bosler OAM for supplying the above information and we congratulate her on her appointment as NSW Seniors Festival Ambassador.