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More than 200 free events for first Learning Festival

MORE than 200 free events will take place in communities across Swansea at the start of next month during a week-long festival showcasing and celebrating learning for all ages.

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From April 1 to 6 this year an exciting programme of events will cater for all interests including art, crafts and music, health and wellbeing, sports and science, technology and media, poetry, entrepreneurial opportunities, business support and employability skills.

The first ever Swansea Learning Festival aims to showcase the many different learning opportunities available to young people and adults and to increase participation.

It is being staged by Swansea Council's Lifelong Learning Service along with its partners and dozens of community groups, schools, clubs and organisations who have signed up to take part.

On Tuesday March 19 there will be launch event at the YMCA on St Helen's Road where people can find out about the programme, sign-up for an event or try their hand at one of the taster activities.

The main festival will kick-off with a launch in Castle Square on April 1 involving local schools while other events will be held on that day in the Quadrant and at community locations the length and breadth of Swansea.

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "Our Lifelong Learning Service team has partnered up with organisations and grassroots clubs throughout Swansea to make ensure that during the week there will be something for everyone.

"This is a very diverse programme that demonstrates the many opportunities there are for people of all ages to learn new skills and develop their talents.

"Activities will include interactive taster sessions, exhibitions, demonstrations, classes, workshops and seminars and will happen at locations throughout Swansea including the outlying communities so it is accessible to all with events on or near their doorstep."

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."

To find out more visit: www.swansea.gov.uk/swansealearningfestival

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