2020 was the Victoria Seniors Festival’s 38th year. It also marked the year of COVID-19 in which Melbourne and Victoria had the longest lockdown in the world.
Reimagined was created as a year long online arts festival for older Victorians, using only artists mobile phone during lockdown.
The Victorian Seniors Festival is a major state-wide festival for and involving seniors, with an emphasis on fun and good times that takes place every October right across Victoria. This major state-wide festival for Victorians over 60 focuses on providing free or low-cost events and activities, across the month of October, designed to bring seniors together to enjoy themselves, learn new skills and make new friends.
In 2020, Guest Creative Directors Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid reimagined Victorian Seniors Festival during COVID-19 bringing it straight to Senior’s homes through online performances, zoom interviews and story-telling. Working to social distancing rules, and Bec meet performers from all over Victoria and Australia in the comfort of their own homes recorded on artist’s telephone.
Each week new videos were published online and over 120 films were made by the artist with All The Queens Men throughout 2020. We’ve had a lot of fun creating and reimagining the Festival for you, and we hope you enjoy it – and sing along!
VSF Reimagined archive program can be viewed HERE.
Creative Directors: Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid.
Producer: Andrew Gill, Agent Creative
Performer tutoring and post production: Leo Dale, WeFO studio
Audio post production: Myles Mumford
Zoom switching: Graham Cunningham
Writer: Kate Robertson, Icebreaker Communications
VSF Director: Chris Reidy
Performers: Kutcha Edwards=, Tania Kernaghan. The Gram O Phonies, Jane Clifton, Paul Williamson, Jays and Joshinda at Studio J, Bonkel Theatre, Deborah Cheetham AO, Mark Trevorrow, Catalina Gonzalez, James and Briar Blundell, Liz Jones AO, Lonnie Lee, Talgium Edwards, Monica Dullard, Wendy Stapleton and Ally McNaughton, Batton and Broadway, Lemony S Puppet, Theatre, Vardos, Maureen Andrew, Rebecca Barnard, Mike Rudd, Narweet Carolyn Briggs, Melissa Langton and Mark Jones, The Retro Girls, Spectrum, Uncle Jack Charles, Regan Kehu and Nina Katene, UGA Ballarat Hiking Club, Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey, Maude Davey, Paul Hogan, Nina Ferro and Vashti Sivell, SOS, Anthony Dillon, Creativity Cluster and Nancy DLane, Monique Dimattina, Geraldine Cook-Dafner, Pete Smith, Lee Kernagham, Jorge Cuban and Rafeaela Lopez, Patrick McMahon, Tony Yap, Marie Pietersz, Peter Farnan and Jane Bayley, Wilbur Wilde, Brian Lipson, Shirely Billing, Graham Townsend and Johnny Locks, Dr Richard Mayes, the Dancing Doctor and Silver Top Dancers, Dr Hernandez, Claire Chatfield, Footscray Gypsy Orchestra, David Scheal, Marcello and Pauline D’Amico, Liz Lethlean, Dan Witton, Cath Jamison, Australian Vietnamese Arts Dance, Italian Victorian Community, Caroline Bowditch, Carl Pannuzzo, Uncle Murray Harrison, Ponch Hawkes, Greg Champion, Patrick McMahon, Jude Anderson, Pete Denahy, Jack and Maroelle Levi, Raymond Crowe, Paulina Chong, Nicci Wilks, Gaylle Kennedy and Malcom Hansford.