Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival 2022

We were delighted to take part in Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival again this year. The festival ran from 4th – 10th April 2022, and featured many special performances from the young musicians on our programmes.

Check out some magical music moments from the festival, captured by photographer Darragh Kane, which highlight the joy and energy of the young musicians who finally had a chance to perform in front of crowds again. Also included is a lovely piece in The Echo (scroll down) featuring trad musicians Jason Turk and Aoife O’Brien (from Cork Academy of Music and Creative Tradition, respectively) performing at the festival launch at Cork City Hall.

As part of the festival, we ran the following workshops and performances:

RAP & BEATS WORKSHOP @ The Kabin Studio – Mon 4th April, 6.30 – 7.30pm

Get a sneak peak into how tracks are created, performed and recorded in the little hotspot of creativity that is the Kabin Studios. The musical hub of local legends MC Tiny and Jamie “The King” Forde, this workshop shows you how the magic happens! Presented in partnership with GMCBeats and The Kabin Studio. Location: The Kabin Studio, Harbour View Road, Hollyhill (Eircode: T23 K23Y). Email to book your place. Max 8 particpants.

OPEN-MIC SESSION @ KT Youth Centre, Mayfield – Tues 5th April, 4.30 – 5.30pm

This is the first open mic session of the year for the Music Mash Up Junior and Senior groups, who get a chance to showcase the songs, both originals and covers, that they have been working on over recent months. Location: Kerrigan-Tyrell Youth Centre, Mayfield (Eircode: T23 E295). Booking not required but space is limited.

Lunchtime TRAD CONCERT @Hollyhill Library – Fri 8th April, 1 – 2pm

All are welcome to attend this free, lunchtime concert. Young musicians from Creative Tradition, Club Ceoil Knocknaheeny and Cork Academy of Music will play and sing a selection of Irish traditional songs and tunes. Location: Hollyhill Library, Harbour View Road (Eircode: T23 N250). Booking not required.

TRAD WORKSHOP (Try out some trad instruments) @Hollyhill Library – Fri 8th April, 3 – 5pm

Ever wanted to give traditional Irish music a try, but don’t know where to start? All ages and abilities are welcome to attend Club Ceoil Knocknaheeny’s drop-in workshop in Hollyhill Library (Eircode: T23 N250). Two tutors will help people try a variety of instruments. Feel free to stop by for 5 minutes or stay the whole 2 hours. Club Ceoil is now registering new members of all ages – learn more and get involved. Presented by Creative Tradition in partnership with Music Generation Cork City. Booking not required.

Cork Celebrates Lifelong Learning Awards

Last year in 2021, as there was no festival due to the pandemic, Cork City Council launched a fantastic initiative to take it’s place: The ‘Cork Celebrates Lifelong Learning Awards 2021’. See full details here:

We were thrilled to have the following projects nominated and featured:


  • ‘The Island of Woods’ – See full details HERE


  • Athrú Collective – See full details HERE
  • Throwing Shapes – See full details HERE


All photos by Darragh Kane

Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival 2022 – Music Generation Cork City