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Seniors Festival

We invite all senior residents to join in this years reimagined Seniors Festival during the month of October. We will be running a range of events and this year they are all online.

To get involved in the reimagined festival, we recommend all senior residents to register online.

By registering you will receive a welcome email with additional information on “how to watch” or “how to book” each event and a reminder email prior to each event. Some events will be available to watch after the event has been posted on our YouTube channel.

You can also register by sending an email to seniorsfestival@gleneira.vic.gov.au and including your name, address, and phone number in the email.

Contact our Service Centre on 03 9524 3333 for more information. 


Come laugh with us — laughter yoga workshop

Tuesday 20 October, 11am

Join us for forty five minutes of joy and come laugh with us! You may ask why… because there are ways that we can invite positivity and joy into our lives without the need for jokes and comedy even when we don’t feel like it, and that is often when we need it the most.

Jennifer Karlich from The Joy Space is a trained teacher in Laughter Yoga and during this online workshop she will introduce you to the origins of Laughter Yoga and all the benefits we gain from laughing for our wellbeing. We invite residents to join Jennifer on an experiential journey into laughing on purpose.

Bookings essential — Book now

Participants will be emailed the link to the session the day before the event.


 

Thrifty Gardening with My Green Garden

Wednesday 21 October, 11am

It is wonderful to have Maria Ciavarella from My Green Garden back presenting at the Seniors Festival. Maria has worked in the nursery industry and in education for over two decades and her workshops have grown in popularity over the years due to her obvious passion for gardening.

Gardening can be an expensive hobby unless you learn where some simple DIY measures can save you a lot of money. In this workshop, Maria will show you lots of ways to save money and still have a flourishing garden.

Join Maria for a great online session on how to keep enjoying your garden but staying thrifty at the same time.

Bookings essential — Book now

Participants will be emailed the link to the session the day before the event.


Let’s move — belly dance workshops

Friday 23 October, 10am and 11am

Join Barbara from local dance studio Bellydance Kizmet for a fabulous, fun workshop that will get you moving. Barbara will also give an insight into her beautiful costumes and the countries of their origin.

Move and groove workshop — 10am, 45 minute session

The move and groove belly dance workshop is forparticipants who have a reasonable level of movement. We will use simple steps and arm placements to create beautiful shapes and have some fun as we take a journey into the magical and fun world of Belly dance.

Chair-based workshop — 11am, 30 minute session

The Chair-based classical Persian workshop offers those not so mobile to still join in and have lots of fun. You will use your arms, hands and head to create beautiful shapes, images and flow. Be mysterious!


Friday evening with Jane

Friday 23 October, 6.30pm

What a great way to spend a Friday evening. Make a cuppa or pour a glass of wine, sit back relax and join the delightful Jane Clifton as she takes a journey back through her fascinating life and what she is up to at the moment.

Jane Clifton is an actress, singer, writer and registered marriage celebrant.

Jane has also managed to carve out a five-decade-long show-business career. She has performed in stage roles, made Top 10 singles, written three crime novels
and a memoir.

There is no doubt Jane will always be best remembered for a role she played 40 years ago: MARGO in Prisoner/Cell-Block H. If you would like to also ask Jane a question please send an email to seniorsfestival@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Everyone has a story

Sunday 25 October, 11am

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Apologies for any inconvenience. Please contact history@gleneira.vic.gov.au for any queries.


Bollywood and Bhangra

Sunday 25 October, 3pm

Experience the excitement of Bollywood and Bhangra music and dance with renowned performers from Melbourne Bollywood sensation The Bombay Royale. Magnificent Parvyn Singh (Punjab ancestry) sings in pure and soulful voice and dances accompanied by acoustic luminary Josh Bennett (Ravi Shankar’s lineage) on Sitar, Tabla, DilRuba (Indian violin).

Parvyn Singh has been performing on stage since age five with her father Dya Singh in his World Music Group. Her whole family is involved in dance and music: Jamel, Harsel and Parvyn perform as the Singh Sisters. She also sang with The Bombay Royale.

Internationally acclaimed Josh Bennett is a master of instruments from Sitar through to Indian beat-boxing. A dedicated student of SMT. Manju Mehta in India, Josh has performed at Ravi Shankar’s house in Delhi to celebrate the birthday of George Harrison. Josh also toured nationally with The Bombay Royale.

A great event for grandparents to grandchildren.

Bookings essential — Book now


 

Indigenous inter-generational storytelling with Aunty Fay Stewart-Muir

Thursday 29 October, 2pm

Grandparents and grandchildren please come together and join us for a very special storytelling event.

Aunty Fay Stewart-Muir, an elder of the Boon Wurrung, Wamba Wamba and Wergiai clans, is an author and educator who was recently inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women. Aunty Fay is passionate about working with children to share culture, language and knowledge, and provide an opportunity to learn about First Nations culture and history from a First Nations perspective.