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Learning Festival to return this year

Preparations are underway for the return of the hugely successful Swansea Learning Festival.


Last year's inaugural event saw 9,000 people take part in more than 300 free activities staged across the city.

For 2020 Swansea Council's Lifelong Learning Service is linking up with the Learning & Work Institute to hold and celebrate learning opportunities across the city during Adults Learning Week which runs from June 22 to 28.

Initial plans include a day of musical and creative celebration of learning at Castle Square on Saturday June 6 to showcase many of the planned activities.

There will be choirs, bands, dance, singing, and taster session so people can find out more about learning opportunities available across Swansea.

All activities during the festival and those during the month of June will be free to encourage as many people as possible to try new learning experiences.

The Lifelong Learning Service runs a huge range of courses throughout the year so people do not need to wait until June. Visit to see what is available now.

A planning meeting is taking place on Friday (Feb 14) to outline initial plans and share information for the festival. Any groups or learning providers that would like to be involved are welcome to attend at Committee Room 3 in the Civic Centre at 1pm.

Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, Cllr Jennifer Raynor, said: "The success of the first Learning Festival last year exceeded all expectations and it was wonderful to see so many groups and individuals involved.

"These ranged from large organisations including the city's universities, colleges and schools as well as businesses to grassroots clubs and charities.

"Events included IT, photography, language and cookery taster sessions, short course for employment and business start-up workshops.

"There were also exhibitions, group performances, inspirational speakers, tours of the city centre and sporting activities.

"The Learning and Work Institute has asked our Lifelong Learning Service to share this success with the rest of Wales and it is hoped learning providers across Wales will be work together to celebrate the learning opportunities in their areas."

The Lifelong Learning Service's talent artist Tracy Martinez has been asked to design a pan Wales logo to be used for 'Adult Learners Weeks' based on her key design for last year's Swansea Learning Festival.

If there are groups or individuals who would like to be involved but cannot attend on Friday then they can contact the service directly by emailing or phoning 01792 637101.

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