Cork's Lifelong Learning Festival returns next month 

Cork's Lifelong Learning Festival returns next month 

Sheila McCarthy, Midelton, playing Jenga with Brook DeSailingéir, Katie Ní Laoire, Ruby Ní Chonchúir and Gabrielle Ní Chorcoráin from Gaelscoil Mhachan in Mahon at the launch of this year’s Cork Lifelong Learning Festival in City Hall. Picture: Darragh Kane

The eagerly awaited 16th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival was launched yesterday in City Hall.

The festival runs from Sunday, April 7, to Sunday, April 14.

The annual event 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 promises the opportunity to try out new experiences, by participating in events, attending lectures or exhibitions and enjoying demonstrations of skills both new and old.

Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival events are free to attend and open to all.

This year’s programme includes performances, poetry, workshops, walks, displays and demonstrations.

“Cork loves learning and this is borne out by the city’s level of commitment and engagement with the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival over the past 16 years,” said festival coordinator Siubhán McCarthy.

“Once again we have a packed programme of diverse free, accessible events open to all, regardless of your learning abilities or ambitions; I guarantee you’ll find something during the festival week that you want to know more about,” she added.

“Cork as a Learning City embraces the ability of ‘Learning’ to ensure we all have more fulfilling and enjoyable lives and the festival is about celebrating the diverse and inclusive nature of Corks Learning Opportunities.”

All events are hosted by volunteers, be they individuals, community organisations, private businesses, schools or colleges.

The free printed festival programme is out now and available in libraries, City Hall, or from host venues.

People are advised to check the programme for bookable events which may be in high demand.

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