This year’s Seniors Week (August 17-25) was the biggest ever! Seniors Week is the state’s premier event for older Queenslanders, bringing together people of all ages for a week-long celebration of the achievements and contributions of seniors. This year there were close to 900 events registered, including over 100 events and activities that received Queensland Government subsidies totaling $100,000. In addition to these events, landmarks across Queensland were lit up including Brisbane City Hall, Reddacliff Place sculptures, Sandgate Town Hall, Story and Victoria Bridges, and Townsville bridge and sign.
An art project featuring portraits of Queensland centenarians, painted by young artists, was the signature event this year. The project, ‘100: A Celebration of Queensland’s Oldest Residents, as part of the Centenarian Portrait Project by Teenagers’, features 100 portraits of Queensland seniors that have been painted by 100 teenagers. The exhibition officially launched on 18 August and it will be on display at the Seven Hills Hub in Brisbane until 1 September 2019.
Eight Queensland-made short films that challenge stereotypes about ageing were released at a red-carpet event in Brisbane, as part of this year’s Seniors Week celebrations. Forty aspiring Queensland filmmakers submitted scripts to the B.OLD short film competition in 2018, with the eight successful film-making teams each given $10,000 to make a short film. You can view the films here.
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