Seventh year of Learning Festival opens with free family fun event at Mary Immaculate College this Saturday

Showing that there’s always something new to learn, Limerick’s Lifelong Learning Festival kicks off its seventh year with a real crowd-pleaser this Saturday {1st April} with the Mary Immaculate College Showcase – a free, fun, interactive day of learning, activities and workshops for all the family.

This year’s festival promises to be the biggest yet, with over 250 events and activities to interest, entertain and engage people of all ages running from the 1st – 7th April 2017.

The theme this year is Communities, Connecting, Learning.

The Showcase Event at Mary Immaculate College opens the festival week this Saturday 1st April from 11am to 2.30pm and promises to offer a snapshot of what the festival programme will offer.

From printmaking and technology demonstrations to genealogy, history, language taster and media & film workshops; the day will include playground science, start your own business development, arts and crafts, music and hip hop dancing and children’s entertainment.

All displays, activities and workshops are free for all the family at the Showcase.

Commenting on the event, the Co-ordinator of the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival, Yvonne Lane, said: “The Showcase Event to open the Festival week is very exciting and promises to make this year’s festival the biggest yet!  We’re really looking forward to seeing a huge turn-out at Mary Immaculate College on Saturday.”

The overall programme for the week offers an incredibly varied selection of performances, debates, taster sessions, tours, demonstrations, activities and workshops.

From sports to science, all the events are open to the public and are organised and run by community groups, schools and colleges, businesses and organisations across the city and county, providing everyone with the opportunity to join in.

Eimear Brophy of Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board said: “This year’s festival celebrates Limerick being successful in achieving the UNESCO Learning City Award 2017, which is in recognition of Limerick’s progress in promoting inclusive education and lifelong learning in local communities.”

The Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival is organised by the Learning Limerick Steering Group, a representative group for all of the main stakeholders involved in promoting learning across the Limerick region.

Deputy Mayor of Limerick City and County of Limerick, Cllr. Noel Gleeson who launched the festival described the festival as a “truly rewarding experience for all who participate and encouraged everyone to come along, join in and bring your family and friends with you!”

Entry is free throughout the week to all events.

Free copies of the 2017 Festival Programme are now available throughout Limerick and on

http://www.limerick.ie/lovelearning

Further information about the Showcase Event in Mary Immaculate College on Saturday can be found here: Showcase Event 

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