Seniors Festival

The festival recognises the valuable contribution older people have made and continue to make to our community.

Applications for the 2021 Seniors Festival grants are now open, closing 4 pm Friday 23 July.

Seniors Festival 2021

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) Seniors Festival is an annual celebration running in October. The festival recognises the valuable contribution people aged 55+ have made and continue to make to our community.

This year's CoPP Seniors Festival runs from Friday 1 to Sunday 17 October 2021.

The City of Port Phillip Seniors Festival is a celebration for seniors. It includes free and low-cost events that recognise the valuable contribution seniors make to our community.

Seniors Festival Events Funding Grants

The City of Port Phillip provides grants to fund events in Port Phillip. The purpose of the Seniors Festival is to promote a positive attitude to ageing amongst the whole community.

The City of Port Phillip 2021 Seniors Festival Events Grants applications opened 1 July and close 4 pm Friday 23 July 2021.

Start your application via SmartyGrants.

2021 Seniors Festival Event Grants Guidelines (DOCX 257 KB).

Port Phillip Writes: Seniors Festival Writing Awards 2021 - Call for Entries

Now in its 17th year, the Seniors’ Festival Writing Awards is one of the many highlights of our Seniors Festival.

The Seniors’ Festival Writing Awards is open to all City of Port Phillip residents, workers and Library members aged 55 years and over.

Tell a story…

You can submit fictional stories or poems on any topics, or a non-fiction piece about life in the City of Port Phillip.

Get writing and share your story or poem.

All entries will be published in the ‘Port Phillip Writes’ 2021 publication.

Entrants will receive a certificate and two copies of the publication. Outstanding entries are eligible for an award!

How to Apply

Port Phillip Writes application form and conditions of entry WORD version (DOCX 1MB)

Port Phillip Writes application form and conditions of entry PDF version (PDF 316KB)

Port Phillip Writes application form and conditions of entry Accessible WORD version (DOCX 120KB)

If you would like us to send you an application form, including information about conditions of entry, by post or email please contact us:

Email: portphillipwrites@portphillip.vic.gov.au
Mail: City of Port Phillip Seniors’ Festival, Private Bag No 3, St Kilda PO Vic 3182

For more information contact ASSIST on 03 9209 6777 and ask to speak to the Seniors Festival Coordinator.

Entries close: Friday 27 August 2021

Antique Treasure or Op Shop? - an afternoon of connoisseurship and comedy

Submissions are open and close 5 pm Friday 10 September 2021.

Invitation to participate. Bring out your treasures!

City of Port Phillip Seniors are invited to unearth their treasures and submit an item for inclusion in Antique, Treasure or Op Shop? - an afternoon of connoisseurship and comedy.

We invite you to bring out your treasures for an expert valuation by a senior appraiser from Leonard Joel Auction House. The valuation will be assisted by a well-known local clairvoyant, for an afternoon of fascinating objects and stories, valuation surprises, guest objects, musical interludes, lots of laughter and afternoon tea.

We are seeking the submission of items that may fit under the following categories of historic, aesthetic, scientific, social or spiritual value/significance. These may include small collectables, humble and not so humble household items, tools of trade, documents, ephemera, family heirlooms and artworks.

All submissions will be considered for inclusion. The appraisal will take place at the Antique, Treasure or Op Shop? public event including afternoon tea and live music on the afternoon of Thursday 14 October, at the Port Melbourne Town Hall as part of the 2021 City of Port Phillip Seniors Festival program.

How to Apply

Antique, Treasure or Op Shop? Invitation to participate WORD version (DOCX 1 MB)

Antique, Treasure or Op Shop? Invitation to participate PDF version (PDF 4 KB)

2020 Program

The Seniors Festival program held 18 events this year mainly online and we thank the many community organisations for reimaging their events for inclusion.

The Greek residents of Port Phillip shared a delicious range of recipes. Download the It's all Greek cooking to me recipe booklet (PDF 1413 KB) or request a copy to be sent by post by phoning ASSIST 03 9209 6777.

My Reading Life - Port Phillip Heritage Centre

Browse through a wonderful collection of book titles selected by residents in response to a call for books that inspired, enthralled or had a significant place in the reader's life. Discover the online exhibition at My Reading Life.

Tribute to Lesley Greagg

It is with very sad hearts that we acknowledge the death of Lesley Greagg in June 2020. Lesley was our Port Phillip Writes guardian, who guided the Port Phillip Writes from its inception in 2004.

Port Phillip Writes: Writes Awards Publication 2020 (PDF 3507 KB)

We thank these writers who have received a Major Award:

  • Bob Croker for 'Port Phillip, Our City'
  • Roderick Waller for 'Haycarting'
  • Sheila Quairney for 'Me and My Fitbit'.

We thank these writers who have received an award:

  • Deb Hall for 'Tuning the Gallery'
  • Janet Gardner for 'Becoming Molly'
  • Lois Best for 'Life is a Juggle'
  • MHVD for 'A Policeman's Lot'
  • Roslyn Jones for 'Intruders in the Bush'
  • Warwick Lloyd for 'Always Thinking'.

We thank these writers for their contributions:

  • Alison Hill
  • Anna Rogalina
  • Aziza Khamlichi
  • Barbara Anne Magee
  • Bob Scheffer
  • Brenda Richards
  • Erica Murdoch
  • Geoff Barkla
  • Graham Fricke
  • Grant Aldous
  • Janine Mifsud
  • Jnge Kulmanis
  • Julie Butcher
  • Kerrie Cross
  • Liliana Siani
  • Lola McHarg
  • Maggie Moran
  • Marilynn Fahey
  • Mary Grace Levakis
  • Megan Jones
  • Nadine Watson
  • Neville Smith
  • Nicholas Cecic
  • Patricia Thornton
  • Ros Collins
  • Veselka Gencic
  • Zoe Hogg.

Contact us

If you would like more information about the Seniors Festival, please contact Cathy Horsley:

Email: cathy.horsley@portphillip.vic.gov.au
Phone: 03 9209 6777 via ASSIST

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