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Something for everyone at learning festival

Wednesday, 10th April, 2019 4:49pm

There’s still loads on the agenda as Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival continues this week.

Now in its 16th year, the annual festival has grown year on year since 2004 and encourages members of the public to embrace learning in all its forms regardless of age, interest or abilities.

It’s a great opportunity to try out new experiences by participating in events, attending lectures or exhibitions and enjoying demonstrations of skills both new and old. The eight day long programme includes performances, poetry, workshops, walks, displays and demonstrations, and has something for everyone.

The festival prides itself on its inclusive nature and all of Cork's Lifelong Learning Festival events are free to the public and open to all. The only limit is your appetite to try something new! Some events can be in high demand so check the programme to see if you need to book in advance.

Festival co-ordinator Siubhán McCarthy said: “This year for the first time we are delighted to announce that the Festival Programme is available online with a searchable programme available at where events can be searched by day, event type or by subject matter.”

She continued: “The festival is all about bringing the fun back into learning. Regardless of your age, interests or abilities there’s an event for you in Cork during Festival week. We want to spread the message that learning isn’t something that should be confined to the school or college going years.

“Embracing learning as a lifelong activity is good for individuals, families, communities and by extension the whole world. We all have different interests and abilities and the Lifelong Learning Festival is a really positive and inclusive way of celebrating this diversity,” she added.

One of the many free highlights of this year’s festival is an International Learning City Seminar in Triskel Christchurch today, 11 April.

Tomorrow, 12 April, all are welcome to attend the Stop Food Waste Workshop being held in Nano Nagle Place from 11am-12.30pm. Donal O’Leary from Waste Down will give an introduction to the Stop Food Waste programme with simple tips on how to reduce household food waste and save money.

This will be followed by a comprehensive and practical overview of composting for different household and community needs.

The Barrack Street Band Family Fun Day is an annual event happening on 14 April in Fitzgerald’s Park.

Corkonians and visitors are encouraged to bring the family to an afternoon of fun.

Why not bring a picnic and enjoy all that the beautiful park has to offer for the afternoon? For more information, contact Billy O'Callaghan on 086-8378367.

The festival runs until Sunday 14 April.

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