Festival turns to radio

Local presenters at Apple FM Leigh Baker and Natasha Carnerio. (Supplied)

Ewen McRae

A new look for the Victorian Seniors Festival will see the program delivered straight to your lounge room.

The festival, which is in its 38th year, usually involves a series of events for seniors across the state. But with the pandemic making that impossible, the festival has turned to radio to ensure local seniors still get the festival they look forward to each year.

Local community radio stations, including Apple FM in Bacchus Marsh, will broadcast the festival programs throughout September and October.

The festival has been produced in partnership with community organisations and has also partnered with Multicultural Arts Victoria to reflect Victoria’s cultural diversity

Radio Reimagined has commissioned programs from outstanding Victorian writers, musicians and performers that reflect both the history of the community and current issues.

New programs will be introduced each week, including shows focussed on music, dancing, comedy, film and theatre.

Disability, Ageing and Carers Minister Luke Donnellan said it was important for the festival to continue in some form despite the pandemic.

“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,” Mr Donnellan said

“We wanted to ensure the reimagined festival had a mixture of activities and broadcasts for everyone to enjoy.

“From Mark Trevorrow – a staple in the Australian comedy scene – to a showcase of opera from a leader and pioneer of First Nations arts and culture Deborah Cheetham AO, there’s something for everyone.”

Tune into Apple 98.5FM to hear all the programs until the end of October.

Ewen McRae