Derry City to run its first ever Virtual Learning City Festival with free events

  • Derry City is to hold its first Virtual Learning City Festival next week, with a series of free events for people of all ages.

    Back in January, we brought you the news that Derry City and Strabane District Council was planning to host the Learning City Lifelong Learning Festival, a city-wide celebration of fun learning activities and events taking place all over the city. The event unfortunately had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but for now a new virtual festival will take its place!

    The city's first Virtual Learning City Festival will take place on July 1st and 2nd next week, with online events in Health & Well-being, Science and Technology, Jobs & Skills, and Art & Culture categories. The event will also celebrate Derry joining the list of UNESCO'S Global Network of Learning Cities thanks to a recent partnership between Ulster University, Derry City and Strabane District Council, and North West Regional College.

    Ulster University’s Dr Malachy Ó Néill commented on the festival: "We are proud to contribute to the first ever Virtual Learning Festival in areas relating to medicine and pharmaceuticals and language and cultural identity. We are thrilled that our students are contributing while learning too; with new original short films by our talented Cinematic Arts students and lessons in self-care for all ages, by students from Mental Health Nursing."

    The events are all free to attend and there are activities for different age groups, from beginning game development for kids courtesy of the Nerve Centre to an interactive robotics demo with Ulster University's Dr Emmett Kerr. For full details of all the events in the programme, head over to

    Source: Written based on press release

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