Oldham Learning Festival
Oldham Learning Festival
Published: Wednesday, 13th June 2018

As part of the Oldham Learning Festival 2018 more than 70 fringe events will be available to attend across the borough.

Organised by local businesses and organisations across Oldham these, are all based around the theme of learning and are for children, families, adults and everyone in between.

There’s something for everyone and we recommend you book on the events – which will run from Monday 25 June – Friday 6 July – as early as possible to avoid disappointment. 

Costs for the fringe events will vary, depending on the business and organisation – some are free, others a small charge. We’ve outlined some highlights of the fringe events below. Have a look, pick the events that matter to you and visit www.oldham.gov.uk/olf to book your place.

Councillor Paul Jacques, Cabinet Member for Education and Culture, said:

“We’d like to thank all the businesses, organisations and communities for doing their bit and organising events as part of the Oldham Learning Festival.”

The fringe events will complement the main programme perfectly and we hope there’s something for everyone.

The events, workshops, and presentations from keynote speakers will give residents and visitors the chance to learn something new and find out about the valuable work going on in the fields of education, mental health, wellbeing, leadership and neuroscience.

With such a wide range of presenters and topics we hope it will spark a debate around children and young people succeeding in life, learning as a whole and to inspire people to think differently.”

The Oldham Coliseum Cultivate Festival will take place from Monday 25 June to Friday 29 June. Aimed at budding actors and theatre stars, the weeklong festival focuses on improving theatre skills. To see the line-up, visit: www.coliseum.org.uk/whats-on/cultivate-festival/

If you’re interested in Oldham’s history, a tour of Oldham Parish Church’s Crypt is happening on Monday 25 June, 10-11am. Visitors will be able to learn about the famous Oldham Giant and the links to the families who were around during the Industrial Revolution. Places are limited, so booking is recommended.

The famous Miraculum Children’s Choir will be visiting the UK from Hungary for only their ninth time on Wednesday 27 June, school pupils are invited to a special performance at Oldham Sixth Form College from 2pm.

Anyone looking to learn new skills and improve their career prospects can visit the Get Oldham Working Ageing Well Hub on Thursday 28 June from 9.30am at Werneth Lifelong Learning Centre, OL8 1RB. The free sessions offer support from experienced advisors in various sectors.

Hack Oldham is hosting various sessions throughout the festival including their ‘Code Up’ workshop for adults on Thursday 28 June, 7pm. They’ll also be rolling out the carpet for anyone who needs help with IT basics at their ‘Digital Drop In’ on Saturday 30 June from 10am. All Hack Oldham sessions and workshops take place at 38-44 Yorkshire Street, Oldham OL1 1SE.

To coincide with the theme of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Oldham Libraries are hosting ‘Ignite Talks’ on Tuesday 3 July, from 6pm. Much like TED Talks, ‘Ignite’ are a host of short talks based around a theme – in this case, STEM. Each presenter has only 20 slides which advance automatically every 15 seconds. This results in a fun presentation which lasts just 5 minutes. You must book in advance. 

‘Get Your Camera off Auto’ aims to teach you how to do just that. Hosted by Studio G Photography, the sessions offer the chance to learn more about your camera and use it without ‘Auto Mode’ turned on. You must book in advance. Sessions take place on Tuesday 3 July, 6pm at Hack Oldham, 38-44 Yorkshire Street, Oldham, OL1 1SE.

Learn the secret behind the code at the ‘Make.Play.Code’ sessions at Oldham Library on Thursday 5 July, 4pm. Here you can explore code and get creative while learning with other people. Sessions are for all ages.

Lifelong Learning are hosting a range of learning events across the weeks for adults that are linked to the National Writing Day.

The fringe events are part of the wider Oldham Learning Festival which takes place Monday 25 June – Friday 6 July.

We’ve organised a packed programme that will highlight the excellent work being done around education in the borough, inspire people and help move learning forward across Greater Manchester.

The festival is for everyone and the themes will focus around leadership, social mobility, reducing disadvantage, supporting mental health and wellbeing for all and STEM – Inspiring and encouraging the scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians of the future, which is a key focus of the second week.

There are a limited number of tickets available for each event. All the main events are free and are on a first come, first served basis – so book yours before they’re gone.

The four main events will each take place in the Queen Elizabeth Hall from 8.30am on Monday 25 June to Thursday 28 June.

We’re still encouraging local organisations and businesses to get involved and share their fringe events and exhibition stands to further benefit the programme, details of which will be revealed soon.

Your event or stall could be focused around anything that involves learning - including programmes, courses, workshops, tasters, tours experiences or talks.

To tell us about your event or exhibition plans please visit www.oldham.gov.uk/olf and fill in the online form.

The limited tickets are free for the four main days and early booking is recommended for all the events. To book your tickets, just visit: www.oldham.gov.uk/olf

The Queen Elizabeth Hall is just a short walk from King Street tram stop and Oldham Bus Station.

To see a list of public transport services visit: https://www.tfgm.com/ and go to ‘Journey Planner’.

For a list of town centre car parks, visit: https://www.oldham.gov.uk/parking

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