The President, Mary McAleese, opening the 8th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival in Ringmahon House.
Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival is unique – nothing like it takes place anywhere in Europe. It promotes and celebrates learning of all kinds, across all ages, interests and abilities. The eighth annual event will build on the success of previous years.
The festival’s motto is Investigate, Participate, Celebrate, and the public can do that by watching demonstrations, trying out skills, and seeing others, from the young to the old, show off what they are learning.
Lifelong learning is not only about academic study, it’s also about enhancing our lives through developing fresh skills or trying something new – from sport to cookery, languages to IT, the arts to agriculture … and a whole lot more. This is reflected in the huge variety of events the people of Cork can enjoy for a week this April.
During the festival all events are free and accessible to everyone. Learning is promoted as fun with events including performances, debates, taster sessions, tours, displays and demonstrations. They take place right across Cork in a variety of venues indoors and out, including on water, and in shopping centres, libraries, museums, resource and community centres, parks, sportsgrounds and on the streets.
Attractive free festival programmes are widely distributed and will be available from late March from all library branches, shops and all the organisations involved. The full programme also appears on-line here.
The festival is organised by the Learning Forum, set up under the Cork City Development Board to address the key theme of Cork as a City of Learning.
It is supported financially by Cork City Council, the City of Cork VEC, FETAC (Further Education & Training Awards Council), the NAPD (National Association of Principals & Deputy Principals), HEA (Higher Education Authority), Ballyphehane Credit Union, O’Callaghan Properties, CIT, UCC, Blacknight Solutions, and City Councillors Brian Bermingham, John Kelleher, Lorraine Kingston.
Its media partners are The Evening Echo & 96FM. It is twinned with Féile an Phobail in Belfast and Hume Global Learning Village in Melbourne, Australia.
For further information please contact: Tina Neylon, Festival Co-Ordinator
Email: email@example.com Tel 021 492 4527 or 086 603 5552
Cork Lifelong Learning Festival Introdution 2011(737KB)