Free tickets to 2016 Premier's Gala ConcertsUpdated 23 February 2016
Puttin' on the Ritz for seniors in 2016Updated 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 launchUpdated 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.