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Festival will see 100 free learning events staged across city

More than 100 free events are being planned as part of a major city-wide festival showcasing and celebrating learning for all ages in Swansea next year.

The ambitious Swansea Learning Festival will take place in traditional learning venues such as colleges, schools and community centres but also in some more unusual locations including shops, restaurants and outdoor areas.

The aim is to showcase the many different learning opportunities available to young people and adults and to increase participation.

Activities will include interactive taster sessions, exhibitions, demonstrations, classes, workshops and seminars.

Organisations, groups and individuals who would like to stage an event during the week running from April 1 to 6 are now being asked to register their interest.

Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, Cllr Jennifer Raynor, said: "The Swansea Learning Festival 2019 will bring together the community, education and training providers, council departments, cultural organisations, schools, businesses and voluntary organisations to celebrate learning through an assortment of free activities open to all.

"The aim is to demonstrate that no matter how old you are, what your interests are or what skills you wish to develop there are opportunities throughout the city. The festival will have something for everyone."

Areas of learning will include art and crafts, health and wellbeing, sports and science, technology and media, poetry, entrepreneurial opportunities, business support and employability skills to name a few.

The festival's themes of 'Innovation, Inclusive and Entrepreneurial' will be reflected throughout the celebrations.

Swansea is one of only three cities in the UK to hold UNESCO 'Learning City' status and last year welcomed delegates from across the UK and Europe who were keen to find out how the city is encouraging children and adults alike to learn about enterprise.

Cllr Raynor added: "There is some exceptional work taking place in Swansea and we are very proud that we have been recognised by UNESCO for our efforts to promote learning among young people and adults.

"The Swansea Learning Festival 2019 will build on this and will be showcasing and celebrating learning across all fields and for all ages throughout Swansea and the surrounding areas.

"It will play a significant role in bringing people and organisations together with a focus on lifelong learning."

The festival will be launched on November 5 through the Swansea Council's Lifelong Learning Service website. This is where organisations and individuals will be able to declare an interest in participating and supporting the festival.


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