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Learning Festival finds the key to the jobs hunt

Castle Square is set to come alive with performances, taster sessions and demonstrations next week as the first ever Swansea Learning Festival gets underway.

Learning Festival Launch

Monday sees the launch of a festival that will see more than 300 free events will be taking place in both the city centre and outlying communities to showcase the many different learning opportunities available to young people and adults and to increase participation in lifelong learning. 

The festival is part of Swansea 50, the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Swansea being declared a city. Next Monday's festival launch will include an appearance by the Rock Choir, free art, felting and calligraphy tasters to try, employment advice and a parent's guide to the use of technology in schools. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1pm and a performance by Pen y Bryn School Choir.                     

The main themes of the Learning Festival include:

  • Talks, Lectures, History and Literature
  • Exhibitions
  • Business Support and Employment Skills
  • Social, Sports and Recreational
  • For the Family
  • Health, Nature & Wellbeing
  • Digital Technology
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Music and Performance
  • Learning for Life
  • Languages

Swansea schools, colleges, and universities are joining in and dozens of grassroots clubs and organisations are looking forward to welcoming new faces at their events.

Colourful keys appearing on lamp-posts around the city centre are part of the countdown to the festival which is just days away. 

The Festival has been organised by Swansea Council's Lifelong Learning Service and is being supported by many other partners.

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "The learning festival has been embraced by all those involved in lifelong learning in Swansea and the extensive programme reflects the diverse opportunities that exist in our city.

"The week will be a chance to try out activities or attend exhibitions, demonstrations, classes, workshops and seminars and hopefully the week will encourage many people to pursue new interests.

Cllr Raynor said: "We deliberately chose a bright colourful design for our logo to reflect the festival feel and we chose a key to symbolise the unlocking of learning opportunities across Swansea that the festival represents. The keys arranged around the city are to emphasise that there is something for everyone and we would like everyone to be involved." 

"This is the first time all our partners have come together to stage such an ambitious event and it is fitting it is happening in 2019 - the 50th anniversary of Swansea becoming a city.

"There is much to be proud about in Swansea and one achievement that sometimes gets overlooked is that we were the first city in the UK to achieve UNESCO learning city status.

"This recognises the work that takes place throughout the year to promote learning among young people and adults."

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