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!

Radio Reimagined!

From the beginning of July until the end of October 2020 the Victorian Seniors Festival is presenting free radio programs for you to enjoy. With so many of us spending time at home, radio is even more important. It is a wonderful medium for music and storytelling and the Festival is excited to be producing radio for seniors and their friends and families to enjoy.

 The Victorian Seniors Festival Radio Reimagined programs include:

  • Music and entertainment features from nostalgia to contemporary artists
  • Radio plays – from new recordings of long-established works by Alan Hopgood and Agatha Christie
  • New plays commissioned by the Victorian Seniors Festival
  • A fantastic mix of spoken word, poetry and prose from Australian writers and performers

 How can you listen:

  • If you like to go online, all the programs are available for you to enjoy and revisit anytime by podcast at the Seniors Online website
  • If you can’t access the internet, the Festival is also distributing all the radio programs to Victorian community radio stations for them to broadcast. The Festival will be advertising various community radio station schedules in the August, September and October issues of the free The Senior newspaper, or you can call the Seniors Card team who will send you out a schedule of radio stations broadcasting the Festival radio programs from late July onwards: 1300 797 210


    Our Library online events

    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


    Boy is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He lives with his brother Rocky, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan. Boy's other hero, his father, Alamein, is the subject of Boy's fantasies, and he imagines him as a deep sea diver, war hero and a close relation of Michael Jackson (he can even dance like him). In reality he's "in the can for robbery". When Alamein returns home after seven years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered, find his own potential and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for.

    Friday, 31 July 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

    July Book Chat - Wednesday 22 July 2020, 2 - 3pm

    August Book Chat - Wednesday 26 August 2020, 2 - 3pm


    Online Zoom Author Talks 

    Book into the online zoom author talk of your choosing and the library will send you a Zoom Link prior to the event. Log in at the advertised time to hear from the author.

    Vikki Petraitis - true crime author - Saturday 18 July 2020, 2 - 3pm

    Christian White - 2017 Victorian Premiers Literary Award winner - Tuesday 28 July 2020, 2 - 3pm

    Megan Goldin - crime thrillers - Friday 28 August 2020, 11am - 12pm


    Online Craft - A crafty competition 

    Celebrate Seniors Festival Reimagined with a crafty competition.

    During the month of July, challenge yourself to make something from Our Library’s database Creative Bugs, then send in a photo of your project to go into the draw to win a book voucher.

    Experience the joy of making with thousands of award-winning video classes taught by top designers and artists. Discover new skills in Art & Design, Sewing, Quilting, Paper, Knitting, Crochet, Food and Home, Jewellery and Kids crafts. Watch a whole class or learn a quick skill like how to sew zippers, make a cat doll, learn calligraphy or make a decorative pillow.

    All you need is your library barcode number.

    Send a photo of your crafty project to Ask A LibrarianThe winner will be randomly drawn from all entrants at the end of July.


    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