The lifelong learning festival’s motto is “investigate, participate, celebrate” and this year the festival will run throughout Cork from the 19th to the 25th of March. This festival promotes and celebrates learning of all types and all the events are free and accessible to everyone.

This is our first year to partake and we will be kicking off with a astronomy session in the hub at 6pm on Monday 19th with Denis Walsh. This is a beginner’s astronomy talk with an opportunity to view the moon, weather dependent. Includes a question and answer session.

On Saturday the 24th, we start at 11am with a plant based artisan vegan cheese talk and demonstration. This incredibly flavoursome, dairy free, plant based vegan cheese and vegan food to go will be demonstrated  by Bob Christie. Little Green Leaf of Cork have at the helm an award winning producer in Bob Christie. After a lifetime of of honing  his skills as a chef in kitchens round the world, he took up the challenge of providing  a versatile, flavoursome everyday staple that would appeal to a number of  dietary platforms, and has succeeded in doing so with an incredible range of Cheeses for the Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy free & Gluten free communities. Even people not part of these groups can enjoy these cheeses with as much relish as everyone else.

This will be followed by a quilting demonstration at 1pm by Marion Williams. Quilting is done to create bed spreads, art quilt wall hangings, clothing, and a variety of textile products.  Marion will demonstrate how easy quilting can be and how easy it is to start a new hobby.

At 2pm, Sykoni will give a seaweed bread demonstration and show how easy it is to incorporate local foraged seaweed into your baked goods. This will be followed by a traditional foraged wild garlic pesto and a vegan pesto demonstration. Tasty, delicious and highly nutritious!

At 3pm Carina McNally from BearaBaoi Tours

will give a historcal talk about Dursey Island. The Irish for Dursey Island, Oileán Baoi, recalls the ancient goddess Baoi. A version of the Cailleach Bhéarra (the Hag of Beara), she was a wise woman known throughout Ireland and Scotland. Dursey is steeped in history and this talk will be accompanied by a slide show and is sure to capture the imagination of all.

Booking essential for all events. Bookings can be made by email or 087 417 1146.