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Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2012

The President, Mary McAleese, opening the 8th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival in 

The President, Mary McAleese, opening the 8th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival in Ringmahon House.

9th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival

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Monday March 26 to Sunday April 1, 2012

Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival promotes and celebrates learning of all kinds, whatever your age, interest or ability.

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.

There are hundreds of events during the week – and they are all free. They include talks and walks, performances, taster sessions, workshops, displays – across a huge range – from fingerprint analysis to Handball, from discovering how much French or Irish you remember to exploring biodiversity in a graveyard ... and much, much more. At many of the events you can try something new.

Attractive free festival programmes are widely distributed and will be available from March 9 from library branches, all the organisations involved, shops etc. 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. 

The Organising Committee decided this year to broaden the festival’s perspective to examine current ideas about education by each year organising a seminar – which will offer both those involved in providing educational opportunities & the general public a forum where they can express their views & exchange ideas.

The first annual seminar takes place on opening day, Monday March 26th in Triskel Christchurch at 11am  with the title Lifelong Learning: from austerity to prosperity – at home & away.

 It looks at Lifelong Learning, Community Education, Adult Education from both a national & international perspective  - where we seem to be and where we might be heading; and how the Irish people might access education in these austere times.  Everyone is welcome, but please indicate your attendance by emailing:

The festival  is supported financially by Cork City Council, the City of Cork VEC, the NAPD (National Association of Principals & Deputy Principals), Higher Education Authority (HEA), Ballyphehane Credit Union, O’Callaghan Properties, Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), Blacknight Solutions, Ernst & Young & City Councillors Brian Bermingham, Catherine Clancy, John Kelleher, Lorraine Kingston & Mary Shields.

Its media partners are The Evening Echo & 96FM.  It is twinned with Féile an Phobail in Belfast.

It is friends with Hume Global Learning Village in Melbourne, Australia, and the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival, whose second festival coincides with Cork’s ninth.

For further information please contact: Tina Neylon, Festival Co-Ordinator

Email: Tel 021 492 4527 or 086 603 5552

Cork Lifelong Learning Festival Introduction(1,368KB)

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