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.

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!

Visit the Seniors Online site for more information and links to weekly broadcasts or click the links of broadcasts that interest you in this video broadcast summary(PDF, 433KB).

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
  • Use the radio broadcast summary(PDF, 397KB) and click the links at the top of each page
  • 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


Free Bollywood Online Dance Class

Joshinder Chaggar and Jaya Karan grew up watching Bollywood movies and love the exuberant dance style featured in the Hindi film industry. Studio J is now offering a free 30-minute online Bollywood dance class that is suitable for older people, people with a physical disability, those living in assisted living centres/nursing homes, and anyone old in body but young at heart!

Bollywood dance is wonderful for adding joy and movement to anyone’s life. Studio J have selected movements that are specific to Indian dance but also have multiple other health benefits. You can participate either sitting or standing.

The class is conducted by Joshinder who has vast experience teaching dance to the senior community, plus Jaya, who is a qualified AHPRA registered physiotherapist. Together, they are equipped with the knowledge of leading a fun and joyful class specifically catered to older people or those with physical restrictions.

To access this fabulous program:

  1. Go to
  2. Scroll to the bottom and hit SUBSCRIBE on Studio Joy (Wednesday at 11am in the Wellness timetable)
  3. You will then be able to access the link to the class each week via YouTube on the Studio J Dance channel - Once you have done it the 1st time it will be super easy to join in each week
  4. Any enquiries: email 

 Before you start the class check out Studio J's Seniors Festival Reimagined Bollywood Dance program 


National Scams Awareness Week: 17 - 21 August - This is not your life

Check out the five-episode podcast series This is not your life, brought to you by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission. 

The podcast is a parody on the popular TV show This Is Your Life and contains advice on how to avoid a scammer stealing your identity.


Our Library online events

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

October Book Chat - Wednesday 28 October 2020, 3.30 - 4.30pm


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.

Free but bookings essential

Heather Morris - stories of hope - Friday 9 October 2020, 11am - 12pm

Meg Keneally - historical stories - Wednesday 28 October 2020, 2 - 3pm


Online Zoom Events
Zoom gardening - Keep it growing - composting and fertilisers, vegetable pests and diseases.

Do you crave a bit of contact with nature; for a sense of purpose and creative expression; for work that yields tangible results? Then join us when Paul Kirkpatrick, former head gardener of two heritage listed Paul Sorensen designed gardens, will show us how to grow our own fruit and veg sustainably and organically.

Paul, a qualified teacher and award-winning horticulturalist, will present the final of his three sessions via Zoom from Cape Paterson, where he has established an extremely productive garden on a small block, “just to prove you don’t need a lot of land to grow an embarrassment of food". 

Free but bookings essential

Saturday 17 October 2020, 10 - 11am


The Wellbeing Journal - a hands on workshop 

We have all heard about the power of keeping a diary or journal, but have you considered how it can enhance your wellbeing? In a casual setting, this hands on, online workshop will explore the power of journaling, will assist you to set up your own journal, and will have participants completing the first pages focusing on gratitude, wisdom and strength, while creating an opportunity to connect with others and share their story.

Free but bookings essential  

Wednesday 21 October 2020, 11am - 12pm 


Bird, bee and butterfly attracting gardens

With our backyards shrinking, it’s great to create habitat for our local wildlife. Join us for this Zoom session presented by Kaye Roberts-Palmer from Blue Bee Garden Design, as she shares with us plant selections, shelter and breeding life cycles and other design considerations for attracting wildlife into your urban slice of paradise.

Free but bookings essential  

Thursday 22 October 2020,  11am - 12pm



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.


MPRG TV Special Events

MPRG is excited to launch a new online platform MPRG TV, where you can watch exclusive content relating to the exhibition program from the comfort of home. Artistic Director/Senior Curator Danny Lacy talks to significant artists from around the nation who are represented in the MPRG Collection. Visit the MPRG TV page at the date and time listed to watch a live stream of the event.

Locust Jones – Artist Studio Series

Thursday 15 October, 7.30pm

Locust Jones’ creative process centres on a method of randomly selecting and re-interpreting imagery and text from newspaper clippings, the internet, television and radio. Learn more about Locust’s unique practice and his work Geronimo 2011. Locust will be joining us from his studio in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales.

Robyn Sweaney – Artist Studio Series                                   

Thursday 29 October, 7.30pm

The subject matter for Sweaney’s work is generally sourced from her immediate environment, the home, garden and the suburban landscape. During a month-long residency at the Gatekeeper’s Cottage, Police Point, Robyn captured Rosebud’s post-war suburbia with Between two worlds 2019. Hear more about Robyn’s practice from her studio in Mullumbimby on the north coast of New South Wales.



MPRG Podcasts

For people curious about art and the lives of artists - Listen to the MPRG podcast series on:  


MPRG featured videos

Watch a series of artist and MPRG exhibition videos



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.



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