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Belfast celebrates learning

19 Feb 2019
The Belfast Festival of Learning makes a welcome return to the city from the 4 – 10 March, marking its fourth year with a busy programme of free interactive and engaging events.

The week-long festival will take place in venues across Belfast, celebrating the city’s UNESCO status within the Global Network of Learning Cities.

In 2018, Belfast became the first city in Northern Ireland to join the network, connecting with 200 cities around the world committed to using learning to improve the lives of their citizens by sharing good practice, creative solutions and ideas in addressing key concerns that impact society.

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey launched the festival programme at City Hall today (Tuesday 19 February) and is excited about the variety of events on offer.

She said:“The quality and diversity of events on offer is fantastic with something for everyone to enjoy. Learning should be accessible to all and this festival is testament to that ethos. The importance of building a learning city cannot be underestimated, and between the 4-10 March we can help create a culture of learning by offering free, accessible, creative events that are relevant to people’s lives, whatever stage that might be.

“The theme of this year’s festival is celebration – and we will be celebrating our UNESCO status, shining a spotlight on all of the excellent opportunities that Belfast offers across the wide spectrum of learning.”

Representatives from the learning cities of Limerick, Cork, Swansea, Derry & Strabane and Dublin were welcomed to City Hall for the day, sharing their ideas of how learning can be used as a building block to create better lives for citizens.

Danny Power, chair of the Belfast Strategic Partnership’s Lifelong Learning Group said: “I’m delighted that we can welcome representatives from other learning cities to Belfast to share lessons and experiences which will help make the lives of our citizens better. As chairperson of Belfast Strategic Partnership’s Lifelong Learning Group, I am once again delighted to introduce the annual Belfast Festival of Learning. Year on year the festival goes from strength to strength and the array of events on offer this year is fantastic.

The festival is a fantastic visible demonstration of ‘Belfast a Learning City’, bringing to life what learning really means across this city and the impact this has on many people’s lives.”

The festival includes a Jobs Fair in the Europa Hotel, a family friendly screening of Wall-e in City Hall, yoga for all in Girdwood Community Hub and computer skills for all ages in venues across the city.

To find out how to get involved, please visit www.makinglifebettertogether.com/lifelong-learning/lifelong-learning-events/
Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey and Danny Power, chair of the Belfast Strategic Partnership’s Lifelong Learning Group pictured at the launch of the Belfast Festival of Learning 2019 Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey and Danny Power, chair of the Belfast Strategic Partnership’s Lifelong Learning Group pictured alongside representatives from the learning cities of Limerick, Cork, Swansea, Derry & Strabane and Dublin who