Seniors Festival - Mornington Peninsula


2020 Seniors Festival Reimagined

A message from the Victorian Seniors Festival

Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, social isolation restrictions and the high risk to older people, this year the Victorian Seniors Festival is being brought direct to your home through online performances, interviews and story-telling. Starting 30 April and running all the way through to the end of October, three new broadcasts will be released each week. Click here to watch the broadcasts.

2020 is the Festival's 38th year. We invite you to get in the groove - with performances from many of your favourites and some new performers for you to enjoy.

Working to social distancing rules, Tristan and Bec meet and host our performers from the comfort of their own homes using technology in ways we never knew were possible. 

We've had a lot of fun creating and reimagining the Festival for you, and we hope you enjoy it, sing along and get in the groove!

Reimagined radio!

In June Seniors Online will commence radio broadcasts of plays, serials and music features. Watch this space for more information.

Our Library online events

Live Zoom author talk; Marcus Riley - Ageing well

Ageing. It’s an inevitable part of living and not always looked at in a favourable light. But what if we all had the ability to age well? And not only well, but with gusto?

Our Library is hosting a live Zoom event with Marcus Riley, author of Booming – A Life-Changing Philosophy for Ageing Well. Marcus will give a presentation on positive ageing as well as host a live Q+A session. Register for this free event and a you will be emailed a link to the Zoom workshop prior to the session going live.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020 | 2 to 3 PM | Free but bookings essential

Kanopy Online Movie Club

Join Our Libraries monthly virtual Movie Club to watch a film will be selected from the libraries Kanopy streaming service, and then discuss the movie later in the month on Zoom. Just follow these 3 easy steps to join in!

  1. Register - a week before the discussion date, you will be emailed a Zoom link so that you can join the chat area
  2. Watch - anytime before the discussion date watch the selected film on Kanopy using any smart device or computer
  3. Join - using the link emailed to you, join the discussion via Zoom to talk about the movie

The Kindergarten Teacher

Stuck in an unsatisfying marriage and with teenage children who ignore her, 40-year-old Lisa Spinelli (Maggie Gyllenhaal) treads water by teaching kindergarten with quiet dispassion. One day everything changes when Lisa discovers that Jimmy, a five-year-old boy in her class, may be a gifted poet and sees him as a ticket out of her mundane life.

Friday, 26 June 2020 | 2 to 3 PM | Free but bookings essential

Online Book Chat

Book chat is a relaxed discussion about books with library staff and other readers. This reading group does not set a book to read every month. We discuss what you have been reading or you can be inspired by what others have been reading.

Why join our online Book Chat? You will meet interesting people, it gives you a place to discuss what you have been reading and let's be's fun just to chat.

Join in the conversation! You will be emailed a Zoom link prior to the event for you to use to login. 

Free but bookings essential

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (MPRG) online events

Visit Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery online to see a virtual exhibition tour of artist Patrick Pound’s A Collection of Stranger Things. Patrick selected works from MPRG’s collection and paired them with items from his own collection of photographs and objects. 

View free online publications of two recent exhibitions, including A Collection of Stranger Things and With a little help from our Friends, or listen to a series of podcasts with artists who have exhibited at MPRG to find out more about their artistic process and the ideas behind their work. 

There is also a free landscape painting workshop available with Peninsula based artist Sophie Perez. 2020 is the 50 year anniversary of MPRG’s collection and they will be celebrating it throughout the year with further podcasts, videos, publications and exhibitions. 

Watch online broadcasts and keep up to date on MPRG online activities.


Arts and Culture on the Mornington Peninsula

Visit the new Arts and Culture on the Mornington Peninsula website for links to online resources, activities, workshops, performances and events from the Peninsula’s creative community, with new content added weekly.  

If you are a Mornington Peninsula-based artist, musician, maker, designer, craftsperson, arts company, arts organisation or creative business that would like to share resources, activities or events through the Our Arts & Culture website, get in touch with the Arts & Cultural Development Team.


Join in the Seniors Festival Reimagined conversation and post a photo of yourself enjoying the festival with the hashtag #seniorsfestivalreimagined