Cardinia Shire Seniors Festival 2022 is almost here!

Published: 18 September 2022

Cardinia Shire is celebrating the 40th year of the Victorian Seniors Festival this October!

Council and Rotary Club of Pakenham are hosting two great low-cost events within the Shire this year:

  • a live tribute to Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald at the Cardinia Cultural Centre
  • an old-time dance event at Pakenham Hall featuring the popular band The Silhouettes.

Tickets to the old-time dance have already sold out! So, residents are encouraged to get in early to book their tickets to the live show and Devonshire Tea at the Cardinia Cultural Centre.

Live show and Devonshire tea at Cardinia Cultural Centre

Enjoy Cardinia Cultural Centre’s renowned pre-show Devonshire tea, then relax in the main theatre and enjoy the extraordinary talents of The Syncopators jazz band as they come together with Yvette Johansson, Australia’s foremost ‘Ella’ exponent, to pay tribute to Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. A delightful, entertaining, exhilarating show.

  • When: Morning tea from 10–11am and show time from 11am–1pm on Wednesday 19 October
  • Where: Cardinia Cultural Centre, 40 Lakeside Blvd, Pakenham
  • Cost: $13pp Includes show and Devonshire tea
  • Bookings essential: 1300 887 624

Please note: Visitors with mobility aids or wheelchairs must call to book tickets.

40 years of the Victorian Seniors Festival

The Victorian Seniors Festival theme this year is ‘Takin’ it Easy’ and the festival is very much a celebration of older people’s resilience over the past 2 years.

To help seniors across the state participate in a way that they feel comfortable with, the Victorian program includes a mix of live and online entertainment.

Online performances will be available at

Radio sessions will be available at To find out which radio stations are participating, residents can call the Victorian Seniors Card team on 1300 797 210 for details.

Victorian Seniors Card holders can take advantage eight days of free public transport between 2–9 October and head to Celebration Day at Federation Square on Sunday 2 October and The Festival Hub at the Edge from Monday 3 October to Friday 7 October. Seniors can register for the Victorian Seniors Card online at:

For a full listing of all Seniors Festival events by location, visit

Victorian Senior of the Year Awards 2022

Council also recognises Cardinia Senior of the Year 2022 Ian Wake in October.

Ian, an active Rotarian for 50 years, has held a range of club leadership positions and is the first to lend a helping hand for their community projects, barbecues and working bees. He has been involved in the development of Rotary Park, where he has initiated planting of native trees and shrubs and been involved in projects such as the construction of shelters, seating, the toilet block, and other amenities.

Ian has also run ‘old time’ community dances since 2007, raising more than $150,000 for Rotary Club of Pakenham projects, has chartered 2 Interact and 2 Rotaract clubs, and has been involved in the Beaconsfield Scout Group and Church of Christ Berwick.

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