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Lifelong Learning Festival 2016 

Monday April 11 to Sunday April 17, 2016


All details of the Lifelong Learning Festival 2017 can be found on the website

Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival promotes and celebrates learning of all kinds, across all ages, interests and abilities, from pre-school to post retirement.

Learning Festival Brochure 2016

 Click on poster for full brochure & listings, or see below for daily listings


Cork was presented with a UNESCO Learning City Award at the 2nd International Conference on Learning Cities organised by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Mexico last September. It’s one of only three cities in Europe, and 12 world-wide, to have been honoured in the inaugural awards. Cork was chosen by UNESCO because of the success of the Lifelong Learning Festival and other initiatives it has inspired.

 The festival’s motto is Investigate, Participate, Celebrate, and the public can do that by watching demonstrations & performances, trying out skills, and seeing others, of all ages, celebrate what they are learning.

 Since it started in 2004, the festival has grown from 65 to about 500 different events. During the week all events are free and accessible to everyone.

 Learning is promoted as fun with events including performances, taster sessions, tours, displays, lectures, walks, demonstrations. They take place right across Cork in a variety of venues indoors and out, including on water, and in libraries, museums, resource, family & community centres, parks, on the streets.

 They are organised by people all over the city, who get together to run events, many in their local neighbourhoods, opening up their premises to the public to come in and discover the opportunities for learning available all year round.

 The festival is supported by:  the Cork Education & Training Board, Cork City Council, Health Service Executive, Cork Institute of Technology, University College Cork, Adult Continuing Education at 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. 

The Evening Echo & 96FM are its media sponsors 

This year Midleton, Cobh, Mallow, Clonakilty, Skibbereen and Beara are for the first time organising their own Lifelong Learning Festivals. On the Fringe page of the programme you will find details of who to contact about them, or look out for leaflets locally. 


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


Lifelong Learning Festival 2016: Daily Listings


Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2016 - Introduction

Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2016 - Monday April 11

Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2016 - Tuesday April 12

Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2016 - Wednesday April 13

Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2016 - Thursday April 14

Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2016 - Friday April 15

Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2016 - Saturday April 16

Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2016 - Sunday April 17

Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2016 - Fringe