Investigate, Participate, Celebrate Learning: Cork Lifelong Learning Festival


Mary Shields (Lord Mayor of the City of Cork); Raúl Valdés-Cotera (Project Manager of the Global Network of Learning Cities)
30 March 2015

Cork has been running the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival since 2004 in order to promote learning among its citizens. The twelfth festival took place from 23 to 29 March 2015 and involved about 500 different events.

The Lifelong Learning Festival emphasizes the fun of learning. Citizens and organizations all over Cork organize events and open up their premises to give people a taste of the learning opportunities available in the city. Events are free and include performances, debates, trial sessions, tours, exhibitions and demonstrations. These take place in venues such as family and community centres, libraries, theatres, museums, parks, sports grounds, schools and colleges. The festival’s motto is ‘Investigate, Participate, Celebrate Learning’, and it aims to motivate citizens of all ages and abilities and with very different interests to share existing skills and learn new ones.

Raúl Valdés-Cotera, Project Manager of the Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), received insights into the initiatives taking place across Cork on learning, health, the environment, economic development and social inclusion. He also participated in a seminar and discussion forum on the theme of ‘Growing Lifelong Learning in Cork’.

Cork City Council adopted the Beijing Declaration on Building Learning Cities in 2014 and has set up a steering group to build on the success of the festival and advance the aims of the Beijing Declaration.

More information on Cork as a city and its actions:

  • Lifelong Learning Festival Brochure
  • Lifelong Learning Festival
  • Cork Education and Training Board
  • Cork City