Dublin Learning City Festival: It’s free, it’s fun and it’s for everyone

The three-day event of 100+ activities will promote lifelong learning for all

by Alison O'Hanlon
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The Dublin Learning City Festival, takes place from the 15th to 17th of April, celebrating inclusive learning possibilities in Dublin.

The festival will showcase a wide range of events in-person and online from the many organisations working to break down barriers to education. 

Free, fun and inclusive activities like tours, workshops, exhibitions, talks and many others will be enjoyed by attendees.

The diverse programme covering an exciting mix of over 100 traditional and non-traditional learning events from a multitude of individuals and organisations from all over Dublin has something for all learners.

Denise McMorrow, Co-Chair of Dublin Learning City commented, “There are boundless learning opportunities for the people of Dublin and our Festival will showcase that education is open to all. Learning can transform your life for the better in so many ways. The empowerment and the enjoyment one can get from acquiring new skills is accessible to everyone in the city; people don’t know what’s out there.”

Dr Seán Delaney, Co-chair of Dublin Learning City continued, “Tours, talks, tutorials and workshops, Dublin Learning City Festival has it all. Working with the amazing organisations across Dublin to create a wide range of exciting and inclusive events has been incredible. We are really looking forward for everyone in Dublin to enjoy what we’ve been working on. ”

Pictured at the launch of Dublin Learning City Festival was Leonardo Guerrero, Founder and CEO, Lollipop Tie Dye. Photo: Justin Farrelly.

Dublin was established as a Learning City as defined by UNESCO in 2019 and received the UNESCO Learning City Award in 2021. The aim of the Dublin Learning City initiative is to ensure that education and learning is accessible for all individuals, regardless of background.

The project is fully funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Access Initiative that brings together people and organisations including the main education providers (UCD, TCD, NCAD, Marino Institute, IADT & RCSI) to target socially disadvantaged learners and encourage and support them to take up formal and informal learning opportunities at all stages of their lives. 

Dublin Learning City has a strong partnership with Dublin City Council and the Education and Training Boards. Dublin joined the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities in 2019. UNESCO GNLC support and improve the practice of lifelong learning in the world’s cities and recognise progress made in building learning cities.

Photos Justin Farrelly

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