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Lifelong Learning Festival 2017 

14th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival

Monday April 3 to Sunday April 9, 2017  

See our new website Lifelong Learning Festival 2017  

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 Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival promotes and celebrates learning of all kinds across all age groups, abilities and interests, from preschool to post retirement.

The festival’s motto is Investigate – Participate – Celebrate!

Its aims are:

  •          to celebrate those already participating in learning of all kinds;
  •          to raise awareness of the huge range of options there are all over the city for others to get involved in learning.

Through a huge number of events, all free, the festival demonstrates the many opportunities for learning there are throughout Cork City & surrounding areas. It promotes the idea that learning is fun and is not necessarily about gaining a qualification, although it can be, but is also about making life more fulfilling and enjoyable.

More than 600 events of all kinds and all free will be offered during festival week in 2017. They include workshops & talks, tours & walks, visits to factories, training centres, boat trips, exhibitions, performances, outdoor & indoor activities … the list goes on.

The festival is organised by a steering committee which brings together all the learning stakeholders in the city. 

Its success was recognised by UNESCO when Cork was one of the first 12 cities in the world to receive a Learning City Award in 2015.

Cork has been chosen by UNESCO to host its 3rd International Conference of Learning Cities in September this year. Quite a coup for such a small city – as the previous conferences were held in Beijing & Mexico City.

Programmes for the 14th festival are available in print and online at  &

 For more information contact Tina Neylon, Festival Co-ordinator, on 086 603 5552 or 021 492 4527 or email:


Thanks to our sponsors, without whose support the festival could not take place.

They are:

  • Cork Education & Training Board
  • Cork City Council
  • Health Service Executive
  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • University College Cork
  • Adult Continuing Education, UCC
  • National Association of Principals & Deputy Principals
  • Higher Education Authority – Access Office
  • First South Credit Union
  • Blacknight Internet Solutions
  • Co-operation Ireland – Cork branch
  • The River Lee Hotel

City Councillors:  Tim Brosnan, Henry Cremin & Mick Finn for contributions from their Ward Funds.

Media Sponsors: The Evening Echo & 96fm

Partner: Féile an Phobail

Friends: Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival; Hume City Council & Wyndham Festival of Learning, both in Australia