Anna Rooney and Yvonne Lane at the launch of the Lifelong Learning festival
LIMERICK’S Lifelong Learning festival will kick off this Saturday with a showcase event at Thomond Park, with fun activities promised for all of the family.
Upwards of 200 events in total are taking place as part of the festival over the following week. The theme for the festival, returning for the sixth consecutive year, is “Learning from Each Other in a Changed Limerick”.
Saturday’s event, running from 11am to 4pm, will be a real crowd-pleaser, offering a snapshot of the festival’s programme in one day. The free, fun, interactive day of learning, activities and workshops boasts plenty for all the family.
From history to fashion and culture, business and personal development to arts and crafts, and from music and dancing to sports and leisure to health studies, all displays, activities and workshops are free for all the family at the showcase.
The free events include Happy Feet line dancing, laughter yoga, playground science, live music, mindful colouring, crazy golf and more.
“The return of the Thomond Park Showcase Day to open the Festival week is very exciting and promises to make this year’s festival the biggest yet,” said Yvonne Lane of Lifelong Learning, which has grown from 70 events in its first year to nearly 200 in 2016 and runs until Friday, April 22.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing a huge turn-out on Saturday,” she added.
This year’s festival links learning with the 1916 centenary celebrations and also the Limerick 2020 bid for European Capital of Culture, promoting Limerick as a “learning and cultural region of excellence”.
The festival is overseen by the Learning Limerick steering group and chair of that organisation, Josephine Cotter-Coughlan, said that it was “all about promoting learning and enjoyment through involvement in the wide variety of art, cultural, IT and sports activities that feature in the programme”.
She said there was “something for everyone – wherever you live, whatever your age and whatever your particular interests”.
Ms Lane explained: “It is something for all ages, young and old, ranging from parent and toddler groups, learning key first aid skills for parents right through to primary school.
“We are very excited about a lot more collaboration with the business sector this year and the important area of workplace learning - you never cease to learn in your daily lives."
The Thomond Park showcase takes place this Saturday, kicking off the festival. For information see www.Limerick.ie/LoveLearning. Copies of the programme are now available throughout Limerick also.