Seniors Festival is an opportunity to connect with community

There is something for everyone at this year's Seniors Festival in the Blue Mountains, which officially kicks off on February 10.

Belvoir St Theatre's Kodie Bedford and Aaron Beach will be speaking about connecting with community in the development of a new play, as well the process of bringing Bedford's new work Cursed! to the stage as part of Belvoir's 2020 season.

Cursed! is Bedford's first play following a successful career in writing for television. Drawing on her experience as a Jaru/Gija woman from Geraldton, Bedford has written a semi-autobiographical madcap comedy about class, mental illness and blended families

The session will be held from 10.30am - 1.30pm at the Carrington Hotel on February 10. Bookings are essential at Belong Blue Mountains Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre on 4782 1117.

Marlene Churn, from Belong Blue Mountains, has helped organise Seniors Festival events, and she said the Belvoir St Theatre session would include a Q&A and the opportunity for the audience to share their own stories.

The Seniors Festival was a way to encourage seniors to connect with others, and provide entertainment and useful information, she said.

"We want to do something positive and interesting and to connect people and provide information on what services are out there and practical stuff," Ms Churn said.

Belong Blue Mountains is also putting on a small bus to take LGBTIQ+ people to the mardi gras parade in Sydney on February 29.

On March 19, there will be the opportunity to reminisce and kick up your heels, with the Beatles tribute band The Beatels. Held from noon to 3pm at The Carrington, bookings are essential on 4782 1117.

Blue Mountains City Council has organised myriad events throughout the Mountains in February and March for the festival.

There are a Swinging Sixties Show, movies, yoga, sessions to learn about bees and hives, caring for loved ones at the end of life, cryptic crosswords, making an insect hotel, as well as games, exercise classes, a bushwalk in Wentworth Falls and the Seniors Recognition Awards on February 24.

The seniors recognition awards acknowledge the contribution that individuals and organisations have made to the seniors of the Blue Mountains community. Nominations close on Monday, February 10, with nomination forms available on council's website, library branches or customer service centres in Katoomba and Springwood.

For full Seniors Festival details visit: https://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/documents/seniors-week-program-2020.

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