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Virtual festival to connect Echuca seniors

By Ivy Jensen

ECHUCA'S older population are still be able to enjoy Victorian Seniors Festival which returns in a new digital format streamed directly into their homes.

Due to the coronavirus restrictions, the one-month festival has been into a six-month virtual party.

In its new format, the Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined delivers three broadcasts each week, all showcasing some of Australia’s biggest and best talent, along with stories recognising and celebrating seniors across the state.

With broadcasts of online events and activities, seniors will be treated to music, stand-up comedy, Bollywood dancing and more – all from the comfort of their own homes.

Entertainment planned for Victorian Seniors Festival.

“The Victorian Seniors Festival is an important part of Victoria’s social calendar and it’s great to see it will continue as something for older Victorians to enjoy during this uncertain time,” Disability, Ageing and Carers Minister Luke Donnellan said.

The virtual festival will run until October and is hosted by Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid, founders of All The Queens Men.

The Victorian Government provided $5.95 million to address social isolation and keep seniors connected as part of the $59.4 million package it recently announced to support mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic.

The package includes support for local services that work with seniors, with $50,000 to be provided to a lead organisation in each LGA to deliver on-the-ground supports like co-ordinating deliveries of supplies, or safely helping people to download apps or software to make connecting with friends and relatives easier.

For information about virtual events and activities, visit seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/festivalsandawards

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