Byron Seniors Festival 2024: A Celebration of Wisdom and Community

Seniors actively engaging, building social connections, sharing wisdom and strengthening community bonds.

September 12, 2023
Amanda Kuhn
Byron Seniors Festival 2024: A Celebration of Wisdom and Community

The Byron Seniors Festival 2024 is taking place at the Byron Community Centre from March 11th to 15th, offering a week of fun activities, an art exhibition, luncheon and film screening. This annual festival is a significant celebration of the contributions of our older residents to the community.

The festival's theme, 'Reach Beyond,' highlights the importance of seniors actively engaging, building social connections, sharing wisdom and strengthening community bonds. This theme sets the tone for a variety of events catering to diverse interests.

Experience an exciting range of activities and events throughout the festival:

  • Witness exceptional artistic talent showcased in an Art Exhibition throughout the event.
  • Engage in a rhythmic Drumming Workshop led by experienced facilitator Gareth Jones.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant moves of an Afro Dance class guided by Angela McWhinney. 
  • Unleash your creativity in an Art Class with Geraldine Devas that encourages artistic exploration.
  • Dive into the world of Improv Drama through an entertaining workshop with Brin Pritchard. 
  • Explore the digital realm at a Computer Club led by friendly digital tutors. 

On March 13th from 12pm, the Byron Seniors Festival Luncheon, with Carers NSW, will offer delicious cuisine and a chance to connect with fellow attendees. The luncheon is followed by The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel film screening at the Byron Theatre, ensuring entertainment for all. A special Seniors Showcase, variety performance, on March 14th at 4pm, will spotlight performances by our talented seniors in theatre and dance.

“I'm thrilled to be organising the Byron Seniors Festival, driven by the belief that our older generation is an essential part of the Byron Bay community,” says Izzy Durbin, Festival Coordinator. “In a world that's constantly evolving, championing the support and nurturing of seniors has never been more crucial. This festival is about creating moments of connection, new experiences, and most importantly, having fun together.”

The Byron Seniors Festival is part of the overall NSW Seniors Festival, with events occurring throughout the state. It is expected to have up to 500,000 seniors attending across NSW, underlining the importance of celebrating the wisdom and vitality of the older generation.

Byron Seniors Festival 2024 is proudly sponsored by the NSW Government. For updates and event listings, please visit: Contact Izzy Durbin at or (02) 6685 6807.

For all other NSW Seniors Festival information, visit:


Monday 11th March 2024

  • Drumming Workshop - Gareth Jones, 10.30am - 11.30am, Byron Theatre
  • Festival Welcome - Morning Tea, 11.30am - 12.30pm, Byron Community Centre Foyer

‍Tuesday 12th March 2024

  • ‍Afro Dance - Angela McWhinney, 12.30pm - 1.30pm, Wategos 1 & 2
  • Afternoon Tea - 1.30pm - 2.00pm, Byron Community Centre Courtyard
  • Free Hearing Tests - 10.00am - 4.00pm, Byron Community Centre

Wednesday 13th March 2024

  • Seniors Festival Luncheon - 12.00pm - 2.00pm, Carers NSW, Byron Community Centre, Veranda & Wategos 1
  • “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” Movie -2.00pm - 4.00pm, Byron Theatre
  • Free Hearing Tests - 10.00am - 4.00pm, Byron Community Centre

Thursday 14th March 2024

  • Studio 55 - Improv Drama - Brin Pritchard, 10.30am - 12.00pm, Byron Theatre & Wategos 1
  • Nourishing Art for Seniors Class -Geraldine Devas, 1.00pm - 4.00pm, Wategos 1
  • Afternoon Tea with Connecting Generations - 3.00pm - 4.00pm, Byron Community Centre Courtyard
  • Senior Showcase - 4.00pm - 5.00pm, Byron Theatre

‍Friday 15th March 2024

  • Be Connected Computer Club - 9.30am - 11.00am, Byron Community Centre, Wategos 2
  • Seniors Morning Tea - 11.00am - 11.30am, Byron Community Centre