Life lessons for karate kids and silver surfers in Cork

With everything from karate for kids to computers for the silver surfer, this year’s Cork Lifelong Learning Festival is fun, fascinating and — best of all — free.

Fancy a gentle introduction to pilates? No problem. Yogaworx in the East Village in Douglas is offering that, while the digitally challenged can brush up their skills at Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa on Tramore Rd.

Those who feel like singing can join a rehearsal and performance by Voices of Cork, the community-based choir, at St Patrick’s National School on Gardiner’s Hill.

There is also plenty of local talent on display with a concert by Cork Academy of Music at the Cork Vision Centre on North Main St, a big band display at St Brendan’s Girls National School in the Glen, as well as lunchtime concerts at the CIT Cork School of Music.

The 12th annual week-long festival, which opened yesterday and continues until Sunday, promotes and celebrates learning of all kinds, across all ages.

Throughout the festival, learning is promoted, with events including performances, debates, taster sessions, tours, displays, and demonstrations. Those with literary tastes are also well catered for with a workshop chaired by Seamus Hosey on Friday at Spailpín Fánach on South Main St.

Writers Conal Creedon, Martina Devlin, Danny Morrison, and Leanne O’Sullivan will read from their work during the event, which is held run in conjunction with Féile an Phobail, the community arts organisation based in West Belfast.

Cork was recently selected by Unesco as a case-study City of Lifelong Learning, one of only three in European and 15 worldwide.

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