Seniors Festival

Welcome to the 2021 Seniors Festival Reimagined. 

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Throughout October, we present an online festival program including information sessions, performances and an ‘In Conversation’ series with our amazing and diverse multicultural seniors’ community groups, plus more. Our theme for 2021 — Healthy Ageing — recognises the resilience of the Glen Eira community and encourages everyone to stay connected by taking part in a range of online programs and events.

For further information email or call 03 9524 3333.

Festival events delivered across Victoria will be updated on the Victorian Festival Online Calendar of Events, and will remain active until the end of December at


Jess Hitchcock — Stories and songs

Friday 8 October, 3pm–3.45pm
Bookings essential:

Join award-winning opera singer Jess Hitchcock as she sings, shares stories and answers questions from the audience. A performer, composer and singer-songwriter with family origins from Saibai in the Torres Straits and Papua New Guinea, Jess has toured with Kate Miller-Heidke and Paul Kelly, performed at the Eurovision song contest in Israel, and recently sang a duet of ‘Sorrento Moon’ alongside Tina Arena for Music From The Home Front.

Jess has been a teacher, composer and artist with the Short Black Opera, worked on Opera Australia’s production of The Rabbits, and in Victorian Opera’s Parrwang Lifts the Sky composed by Deborah Cheetham. She won the 2019 Smugglers of Light, Indigenous Music and Media Award and is currently working on a new album.

Jess Hitchcock


ACMIs online Seniors Film Festival

Much-loved matinees streamed free to you for a cinema at home experience.

Select from the films featured in ACMIs Seniors Festival line up.

Bookings are essential to secure your unique streaming link.

Winter at Westbeth

Wednesday 6 October, 1pm
Bookings essential:
A celebratory documentary about the art of living well — at every age.
Language: English

The Truth

Saturday 9 October, 1pm
Bookings essential:
Hirokazu Kore-eda’s first film outside Japan unites French screen legends Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche as an estranged mother and daughter.
Language: French with English subtitles

Winter at Westbeth (2016)
The truth (2019)

Laughter for wellbeing

Monday 11 October, 11am–11.45am
Bookings essential:
Join Jennifer Karlich from the Joy Space who will bring positivity and joy into our lives. During this live online workshop she will introduce you to the origins of ‘laughter yoga’ and all the benefits we gain from laughing for our wellbeing.

Let’s get social — inspired connection and meaningful friendships

Monday 11 October, 2pm–3pm
Bookings essential:
Join Friends for Good Co-Founder Laura Rouhan for a fun interactive session inspiring connection and meaningful friendships.

Friends sitting on a park bench talking and laughing.

COVID-19 vaccination information forum

Tuesday 12 October, 10.30am–11.30am
Bookings essential:
Join health professionals from Connect Health and Community to chat about the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s an opportunity to ask any questions you have about vaccinations.

1960s fashion

Wednesday 13 October, 7pm–8pm
Bookings essential:
Join author and fashion historian, Nicole Jenkins for a colourful illustrated talk on this exciting decade.

The Boyd’s of Murrumbeena

Monday 18 October, 11am
Bookings essential:

What do you get when you bring together detailed knowledge of the history of Murrumbeena, the Boyd Family, and Merric Boyd’s artistic legacy?

Join expert Colin Smith for a fascinating ‘armchair’ tour of the Boyd’s story and their enduring connection with the Murrumbeena community.

Arthur BOYD, House at Murrumbeena ‘Open Country’, c.1932–33. Image courtesy Bundanon Trust.
Arthur BOYD, House at Murrumbeena ‘Open Country’, c.1932–33. Image courtesy Bundanon Trust.

Alicia Cerreto — in conversation with the Glen Eira Historical Society

Friday 22 October, 11am
Bookings essential:
Join Historian Alicia Cerreto as she delves into the Glen Eira Historical Society’s ‘treasure trove’ collection and uncovers a few surprising tales. Don’t miss this special behind the scenes
tour, celebrating nearly 50 years of the Glen Eira Historical Society.

In conversation: healthy ageing with our LGBTI+ community

Tuesday 26 October, 10.30am–11.30am
Bookings essential:
Join Pauline Crameri from Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care and Meredith Butler from Switchboard Victoria’s Out & About LGBTI Community Visiting Program for a conversation about the experiences of older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI+) people. Speakers will share their insights followed by a Q&A.

Rainbow flag

Gut health — why is it important?

Wednesday 27 October, 11am
Bookings essential:
Facilitated by Dietician, Stacey During from Caulfield Community Health Service.

Connections for wellbeing

Thursday 28 October, 11am
Bookings essential:
Join Cathy our resident Psychologist at Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre for a chat about ways we can look after ourselves in these uncertain times and how we can stay connected to people and places important to us.


Planning ahead talks with Seniors Rights Victoria

Join Senior’s Rights Victoria community education talks about planning ahead, including a discussion about money, ageing and family. The talks include a presentation and Q&A session. All sessions are free.

Your choices your values

Thursday 14 October, 11am–12pm
Bookings essential:
Planning ahead as you age can be challenging. Sometimes you might need a support person to assist you in communicating decisions. In this session we’ll look at some of the key lifestyle choices and how a support person can assist you. At the end you’ll have the start of a plan to put your choices in writing.

Your medical decision maker

Wednesday 20 October, 11am–12pm
Bookings essential:
This session will discuss how to choose and appoint the person/s who will make decisions for your medical care when or if you’re no longer able to.

Your powers of attorney

Thursday 21 October, 11am–12pm
Bookings essential:
An Enduring Power of Attorney is a legal document that lets you appoint a person to make financial and personal decisions. Come along and find out how you decide on the right person/s to appoint and other key sections of the documents.

Elders rights advocacy

Monday 18 October, 11am–12pm
Bookings essential:
Facilitated by Kaylene Cahill from Elders Rights Advocacy, Kaylene will provide an overview of Elder Rights Advocacy (ERA) services and answer any questions you may have.

Transitioning to retirement

Tuesday 19 October, 10am–11am
Bookings essential:
Learn how to get involved in volunteering. Facilitated by Volunteering Victoria.