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Free tickets to 2016 Premier's Gala Concerts

Updated 23 February 2016

Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today reminded seniors that free tickets to the 2016 Premier’s Gala Concerts would be available from 9:00am this morning.

The Premier’s Gala Concerts are a showcase of Australia’s best and upcoming musical theatre and recording artists and are the highlight of the 2016 NSW Seniors Festival which will be celebrated throughout NSW from 1 to 10 April. 

“Each year, the NSW Seniors Festival inspires our seniors to try new things and engage with their community to express themselves and share their unique stories,” Mr Ajaka said.

“The theme for 2016 is Grow Young, it is a reminder that no matter what your age, it’s never too late to learn and be inspired. 

“The Premier’s Gala Concerts are always a sensational event. To avoid missing out, get your tickets today.” 

Now in its 59th year, NSW Seniors Festival (formerly NSW Seniors Week) is the largest festival for seniors in the Southern Hemisphere, with over 300,000 people taking part in more than 1,000 free and discounted events. 

Key events for this year’s Seniors Festival include the Premier’s Gala Concerts, the Young at Heart Film Festival, the NSW Seniors Festival Expo and the 2016 Comedy Debate. The NSW Government has also sponsored more than 200 organisations to host local events right across NSW. 

Mr Ajaka said the NSW Seniors Festival will be brought to life by the 2016 NSW Seniors Festival ambassadors, who will share their stories and experiences. 

“Each of the ambassadors has a unique story to tell and their individual experiences will help create positive perceptions, while encouraging seniors to engage with their community and live life to the fullest,” Mr Ajaka said. 

The 2016 NSW Seniors Festival ambassadors include the 2016 Senior Australian of the Year Professor Gordian Fulde, former Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes AM, Dr Rosemary Stanton OAM, Robina Beard OAM and Warren Kermond OAM. 

The Ambassadors’ inspiring stories will feature in the free 2016 NSW Seniors Festival magazine, which is now available at Woolworths service counters, selected Westfield concierge desks, Flight Centres, Telstra stores Service NSW centres, local councils and libraries across NSW. 

MEDIA: Julian Crowley 0429 891 159

Puttin' on the Ritz for seniors in 2016

Updated 18 February 2016

NSW seniors will be toe tapping to classic hits at this year’s Premier’s Gala Concerts, themed Puttin’ on the Ritz.

A popular part of NSW Seniors Festival, the free Premier’s Gala Concerts have been entertaining seniors for 32 years, showcasing Australia’s best and upcoming musical theatre and recording artists. 

Announcing the theme for the 2016 concerts, Minister for Ageing John Ajaka said the next NSW Seniors Festival will be bigger and better than ever. 

“In 2016, the statewide celebration of seniors will grow from a week-long event to a 10 day festival, and has been renamed the NSW Seniors Festival,” Mr Ajaka said. 

“The jewel in the crown of the celebrations is unquestionably the Premier’s Gala Concerts. Audiences are in store for almost two hours of glitz and glamour, with an impressive line up of talent performing classic hits.” 

Now in its 59th year, the NSW Seniors Festival continues to be the largest festival for seniors in the Southern Hemisphere, with more than 300,000 people taking part in more than 900 events across the state. 

Mr Ajaka also announced the concerts will be held at a new location in 2016 due to redevelopment in Darling Harbour. 

“After 32 years at Sydney’s Entertainment Centre, the concerts will be held at Allphones Arena at Sydney Olympic Park, which will make them more accessible for seniors from Western Sydney,” Mr Ajaka said. 

Direct train services to Sydney Olympic Park will be operating for the 2016 NSW Premier’s Gala Concerts, thanks to Transport NSW’s special event train timetable. 

Four concerts will be held on Tuesday 5 April and Wednesday 6 April at 11.00am and 2.15pm. Tickets will be available from 9:00am Tuesday 23 February 2016 through Ticketek.

2015 NSW Seniors Week launch

Updated 24 February 2015

The 2015 NSW Seniors week campaign has launched with the release of a new magazine and the naming of the 2015 ambassadors. The 15 ambassadors are:

  • Ronne Arnold - the face of 2015 NSW Seniors Week, performer, choreographer and dance teacher from Faulconbridge.
  • Robina Beard OAM - a performer, choreographer and dance teacher from Corrimal.
  • Christine Bookallil-Pearce - an Australian fashion industry legend and PR doyenne from Double Bay.
  • Nan Bosler OAM - a lifelong volunteer who is tech savvy from Collaroy Plateau.
  • Jackie French - 2015 Senior Australian of the Year and famous children’s author from Braidwood.
  • Anthony Gorringe OAM - travels the world playing deaf lawn bowls and is from Orange.
  • Kay Gorringe - took up art in her senior years and is from Orange.
  • Gordon Hammond - left the business world to start up a food and travel website and is from Clareville.
  • Sally Hammond - travels the world and documents her adventures on a food and travel website and is from Clareville.
  • Warren Kermond OAM - an entertainer who has devoted several decades to Variety – the Children’s Charity. Warren is from Ramsgate.
  • Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AO - a highly respected academic who chairs the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and is from Artarmon.
  • Kumar Pereira - a graphic designer who combines his creative flair with his passion for cooking. Kumar is from Balmain East.
  • Gladys Smit - a lifelong volunteer who has published several books about her extraordinary life and is from Croydon Park.
  • Henri Szeps OAM - a famous Australian actor from Leichhardt.
  • Steve Widders - a proud Indigenous man, legally blind who recently walked the Kokoda Track in order to inspire his Indigenous brothers and is from Armidale.

Event web registrations

Registrations are now open for event organisers wanting to promote their 2015 NSW Seniors Festival event on our website. To register, go to our submit your event page.

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