Victorian Seniors Festival 2016

The 34th Victorian Seniors Festival will see more than 1500 free or low cost events take place across Victoria during the month of October.

Festivities kick off with Celebration Day at Federation Square on 2 October 2016.

Event Description

Here is a taste of what will be happening on Sunday 2 October at Federation Square:

On the main stage

Welcome to Country

Traditional custodians Aunty Di Kerr and Arweet Carolyn Briggs will welcome us to Federation Square which is on Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung Country, part of the Kulin Nation.

Celebration Day musicians

  • James Henry – A singer and songwriter, James is the grandson of renowned singer and man of culture Jimmy Little. Growing up, he listened to country artists on long drives on tour with his grandfather. James will perform some of Jimmy’s music and songs and throw in some covers of 60s influences on his own contemporary music making.
  • Robbie Bundle – Robbie has been writing and performing music for more than 35 years. He has performed with artists such as David Gulpilil, Kutcha Edwards, Dave Arden, Bart Willoughby, Archie Roach and many others.
  • The Substitutes – Paying homage to The Dave Clark Five, Lovin’ Spoonful, Small Faces, The Beatles and many more with a song list including ‘Bits and Pieces’, ‘Summer in the City’, ‘Lady Madonna’, ‘and ‘For Your Love’.
  • Normie Rowe and The Playboys – Producing hit singles that remain on the soundtrack of a generation, Normie Rowe and The Playboys were the most successful pop act in 60’s Australia. ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’, and ‘Shakin’ All Over’. As Stan Rofe might have said – ‘We had so much fun then, we’re doing it again!’.

Around Federation Square

  • Discover Melbourne’s laneways with street orienteering. You’ll get a map, clues and a chance to win some prizes and have great fun.
  • Jump on your bike and join us for an easy ride along the Yarra taking in part of the beautiful Capital City Trail.
  • Check out what’s on offer from a host of displays in the Plaza and along River Terrace presented by Festival partners and sponsors.
  • At the Carnival of Learning participate in classes and workshops on origami, yoga, play reading, trivia, poetry, mahjong and many more.
  • Peruse and purchase the works of Victorian artisans at the arts and craft village in the plaza and along the river.
  • The Koorie Heritage Trust is now located at Federation Square and has joined in this year’s Celebration Day with gusto – outside there are artists stalls and inside there is a host of free displays and activities.
  • Free
  • Auslan Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Guide Dog Friendly
  • Hearing Loop


Seniors Information Victoria

Telephone Number: 13 0013 5090