Learning to be Brought to Life this Month Through Limerick's Festival of Learning 2012

More than 140 FREE events spanning both City and County will take place in Limerick later this month to celebrate lifelong learning across the region through a variety of enjoyable and informative activities.

Publish Date: 20th March 2012

More than 140 FREE events spanning both City and County will take place in Limerick later this month to celebrate lifelong learning across the region through a variety of enjoyable and informative activities.

The 2012 Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival takes place from Monday, March 26th to Sunday, April 1st. It is organised by the Limerick City of Learning Steering Group, in collaboration with Limerick Communications Office, Limerick County Council and County Limerick VEC.

The week-long festival will promote and celebrate learning in all its forms, showcasing the wide range of learning events happening throughout Limerick city and county for all age groups. The activities taking place range from laughter yoga and drumming workshops to boat-building events, radio broadcasting training and healthy cooking on a budget.

The festival will be officially opened on Monday, March 26th by RTÉ 2FM DJ Ruth Scott at the newly refurbished Limerick City Gallery of Art with a celebration of festival highlights. Some festival events will run over a number of days, giving participants the opportunity to find a suitable date to fit their schedule.

Festival Co-ordinator, Yvonne Lane, said the 2012 programme offers something for everyone.

"It doesn’t matter what stage of life you are at, you can learn something new at the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival," she said. "There are a host of wonderful learning events includes demonstrations, tours, plays, performances, workshops, information sessions and opportunities to try out a new skill. Learning is promoted as fun and all the events across the week will be free."

Eimear Brophy Adult Education Officer, Co Limerick VEC added; "The focus on including events throughout the county this year enabled Co Limerick VEC to provide a range of learning activities in schools and adult educations centres in towns and villages throughout Co Limerick . The programme reflects the essence of lifelong learning in the broad span of activities from young children’s workshops to active retirement groups learning to skype".

Free copies of the 2012 Festival Programme are now available throughout Limerick or visit www.limerick.ie/lovelearning to get details on the events for each day of the Festival.

Chair of the Limerick City of Learning Steering Group, Pat Dowling, said; "We’re delighted that our 2012 festival includes a large number of events and activities in County Limerick and will be building on the successful pilot festival held in Limerick city last June. A key goal of the Board’s strategy is that Limerick will become a place full of opportunities. This festival will promote and celebrate learning in all its forms, and offer the people of Limerick fun opportunities to get involved in new and exciting learning experiences."

Other free events taking place during the Festival include:

A festival supplement will also be free with this week’s Limerick Leader weekend editions and the Limerick Post newspaper while updates will also be provided on Limerick’s Live 95FM.

For daily updates search for 'Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival' on Facebook.

Further information: Yvonne Lane, Festival Co-ordinator. Telephone – 061 419388 or E-Mail ylane@paulpartnership.ie

 

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