Seniors Festival

Inner West Council Seniors Festival 2019
Love your life!

Wednesday 13 to Sunday 24 February

Our full program for Seniors Festival 2019 is not ready to be published but  we do have a sneak preview including our highlight event It's  A Seniors A-Fair! Save the dates!

Matt HollywoodIt's A Seniors A-Fair!
Wednesday 20 February 10am to 1pm |
Addison Road Community Centre
Gumbramorra Hall

142 Addison Rd, Marrickville.

Community event NO RSVP necessary - ALL FREE

Program highlights:

  • Matt Hollwood, an award winning  magician for over 20 years    
  • Bring your antiques and other treasures to have them appraised by experts from Raffan Kelaher and Thomas Auctioneers and Valuers. The experts can value jewellery, porcelain, antiques and other collectables     
  • Salsa for seniors will perform and get you moving too    
  • Workshop with Bolly Go Lightly    
  • Hand massage
  • Pick up Council’s latest Active and Connected Seniors brochure featuring all seniors events
  • Bring Your energy and water bills for review with the Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW
  • Face painting for any grandchildren    
  • Visit our expo stalls with local information and activities: Zentangle, art exhibition, and more.
  • Free Sausage Sizzle, gelato and giveaways

Parking inside the centre is limited. Public transport is recommended or parking in the back streets.

Limited community transport available from specific pick up points in Balmain, Leichhardt, Petersham, Marrickville, Dulwich Hill, Ashfield and Summer Hill.

To access the free bus transport you must book a seat. Please telephone Leichhardt Marrickville Community Transport Group on 9558 6800 for more information and to make a booking.

People in the cinemaThe Movie Mingle
13 to 24 February

Enjoy an $8 movie (any session) and mingle over a complimentary morning tea before 12 noon at Dendy Newtown and Dendy Opera Quays*
*Must present valid Seniors Card; Any current National and State Seniors cards qualify. Offer only available between 13 –24 February 2019. Excludes special events, previews and premieres. Only valid at the Dendy Newtown and Dendy Opera Quays box office. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Art of ageing - Tony and Adriana LamarraThe Art of Ageing
13 to 24 February

The Art of Ageing is a free digital photographic exhibition that celebrates the value, experience and contribution older people bring, and challenges perceptions of ageing. The exhibition is on view at various library locations and was produced by the Department of Family and Community Services.

Showing at Marrickville, St Peters/Sydenham, Stanmore and Ashfield libraries during opening hours.

Seniors aqua class at LPACThe LPAC Experience
13 to 18 February
Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre

Mary St, Lilyfield

Get to know Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre (LPAC). Enjoy the pool, classes and gym at no cost.

Free with presentation of valid Seniors Card during centre opening hours

Seniors aqua class at AKACThe AKAC Experience
19 to 24 February
Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre>

Enmore Park, Black Street, Marrickville

Get to know Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre (AKAC). Enjoy the pool, classes and gym at no cost.

Free with presentation of valid Seniors Card during centre opening hours

Women in hand drawn carSpeaker Series: Amal Awad Fridays with My Folks
Wednesday 13 February, 6.30pm
Marrickville Library

In Fridays with my Folks, author and journalist Amal Awad examines how we as individuals and a society struggle to deal with ageing and illness, prompted by her own changing relationship with her parents. With humour, humanity and honesty, Amal shakes off the taboo surrounding one of the most universal of human experiences.

Australia’s older generation (those aged 65 and over) continues to grow and is projected to more than double by 2057*. Yet, at a time when ageism and health are high on the public’s radar, what we’re not always talking about is how to deal with the anxiety, depression and overall challenges that come with someone you love facing their mortality and a decline in health.

Fridays with my Folks will be available for purchase at the event .

Book your FREE ticket for Fridays with my Folks on Eventbrite

Seniors on stage behind a curtainSeniors Theatre Fun
Thursday 14 February 10.30am to 12.30pm
Leichhardt Town Hall

Do you enjoy getting together with friends, having a chance to discuss culture and even being a little silly? Then this workshop is for you!

International theatre director, Felicity Nicol, will guide participants through gentle games and exercises that inspire connection, community and some serious fun!

Book your FREE ticket for Seniors Theatre Fun on Eventbrite

Lee Whitmore in the studioLearn the Language of Film Making with Lee Whitmore
Thursday 14 February, 10am-12pm
Marrickville Town Hall

Join acclaimed local film maker and animator Lee Whitmore for a screening and workshop.
Lee will discuss how films are developed and the steps needed to carry-though a good idea. How does a director take something that begins as mere words on paper to a moving image that tells a story? Lee will also show you a sequence from a movie and explain how to reverse storyboard it. This means you will look at a sequence shot by shot and discover how it has been constructed.
As part of the session, Lee will show one of her films ‘The Safe House’. This is an animated 26 minute film set in 1954 that tells a story of Lee’s childhood and her family’s brush with the cold war spy drama known as the Petrov Affair.

Book your FREE tickets for Lee Whitmore on Eventbrite

People line dancingLine up for Line dancing
Friday 15 February 9am to 12pm
Ashfield Town Hall

Specially choreographed for Seniors, you will have the chance to give Line Dancing a go in a mini workshop led by the esteemed Robert Fletcher of Here I Am Line Dancing,  before mingling with your dance mates over morning tea.  Each session will have 30 minutes of dancing followed by 30 minutes for morning tea.
9 am to 10am (50pax)
10am to 11am (50pax)
11am to 12pm (50pax)

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Greenway bushwalking groupGreenway Walking Tour
Monday 18 February 10am to 1pm
Meet at Lewisham West Light Rail Stop

Start your week with a 2.5 km stroll along a section of the Cooks River to IronCove GreenWay. See how this vital sustainable transport and urban environmental corridor is being transformed in the 21st century to meet the needs of a growing inner west population. Highlights include Lewisham West precinct, GreenWay bush care sites (including the shortest bush walk in the inner west), Hawthorne Canal, public art, rail heritage, parks, playgrounds, Canal Road Film Centre and more. The walk will finish at the Bay Run, where the GreenWay meets Parramatta River at Iron Cove. There are toilets and bubblers at various points along the route, and a stop for refreshments at Café Bones.
Wear sturdy shoes and bring a hat, water bottle, sun screen and wet weather gear.

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Lawn bowlsBolton and Clarke Health and Wellbeing Session and Jack Attack Game
Monday 18 February, 9.15am to 11.30am
Leichhardt Bowling and Recreation Club

88-92 Piper St Lilyfield

Connect and stay active this Senior's Festival!

Enjoy a health and wellbeing session packed with practical advice and strategies to help you get the most out of life and then play a fun game of Jack Attack which is a great introduction to the sport of lawn bowls. A fast, fun and friendly social competition.

Book your FREE ticket for the Jack Attack on Eventbrite

Seniors gym class at LPACStrong Fit Seniors
Tuesday 19 February 8am
Meet at Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre

Meet at Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre at 8am for a seniors bay walk or try out a Strong Seniors class at 8.30am.

Strong Seniors is specifically designed for people aged over 50 and the intensity caters for all levels of fitness. Designed specifically to assist with bone density, balance and increasing overall strength. Class duration: 55 mins.

Both groups will meet for a healthy, complimentary morning tea after.

Book your FREE ticket for Strong Fit Seniors on Eventbrite

Lee Whitmore in the studioLearn the Language of Film Making with Lee Whitmore
Thursday 21 February 1-3pm
Leichhardt Library

Join acclaimed local film maker and animator Lee Whitmore for a screening and workshop.
Lee will discuss how films are developed and the steps needed to carry-though a good idea. How does a director take something that begins as mere words on paper to a moving image that tells a story? Lee will also show you a sequence from a movie and explain how to reverse storyboard it. This means you will look at a sequence shot by shot and discover how it has been constructed.
As part of the session, Lee will show one of her films ‘The Safe House’. This is an animated 26 minute film set in 1954 that tells a story of Lee’s childhood and her family’s brush with the cold war spy drama known as the Petrov Affair.

Book your FREE tickets for Lee Whitmore on Eventbrite

Seniors on stage behind a curtainSeniors Theatre Fun
Friday 22 February 12.30 to 2.30pm
Ashfield Service Centre Activities Rooms 3 and 4

Do you enjoy getting together with friends, having a chance to discuss culture and even being a little silly? Then this workshop is for you!

International theatre director, Felicity Nicol, will guide participants through gentle games and exercises that inspire connection, community and some serious fun!

Limit: 15 people

Book your FREE tickets for Seniors Theatre Fun on Eventbrit

Lawn bowlsBolton and Clarke Health and Wellbeing Session and Jack Attack Game
Friday 22 February 9.15am to 11.30am
Marrickvile Bowling and Recreation Club

91 Sydenham Rd Marrickville

Connect and stay active this Senior's Festival!

Enjoy a health and wellbeing session packed with practical advice and strategies to help you get the most out of life and then play a fun game of Jack Attack which is a great introduction to the sport of lawn bowls. A fast, fun and friendly social competition.

Book your FREE ticket for Jack Attack on Event Brite

Seniors on stage behind a curtainSeniors Theatre Fun
Saturday 23 February 1 to 3pm
Balmain Town Hall

Do you enjoy getting together with friends, having a chance to discuss culture and even being a little silly? Then this workshop is for you!

International theatre director, Felicity Nicol, will guide participants through gentle games and exercises that inspire connection, community and some serious fun!

(Max. 25 people)

Book your free tickets for Seniors Theatre Fun on Eventbrite

Carnival of cultures 230 x 230Carnival of Cultures
Sunday 24 February 10am to 4pm
Ashfield Park

Come and celebrate our local diversity with entertainment, foods of the world, and free activities for the whole family.

No RSVP necessary.

Use of public transport to the Carnival is encouraged. A free, accessible shuttle bus will run regularly from Ashfield Civic Centre to the event.

For more information visit the Carnival of Cultures webpage

NSW Seniors Festival

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