Marion Learning Festival strikes right note

Read about all the action at the 2014 Marion Learning Festival.

City Limits Magazine October 2014 This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 46 - October 2014.

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A spectacular science show involving rockets, explosions and flames, stories brought to life with Chinese shadow puppets and a “come and try” for Marion City Band were just some of almost 100 exciting activities at this year’s Marion Learning Festival which ran from 29 August to 1 September.

The new Tonsley TAFE was the focus of the action at a specially installed Mall of Learning, while elsewhere on campus visitors enjoyed an introduction to the art of claymation film making, roller skating and robotics.

The festival is run by the City of Marion to promote lifelong learning and also included events at neighbourhood centres, libraries and cultural centres.

Festival organiser, City of Marion’s Cassandra Gibson-Pope, said this year’s event was the most diverse in its 14-year history. 

“The scope of the Marion Learning Festival was enormous and covered arts, culture, environment, health, lifestyle, careers and business,” Ms Gibson-Pope said.

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“The festival was an opus of learning that saw people of all ages have a go at everything from playing the tuba and designing a hanging garden to digital photography and traditional Indigenous basket weaving.

“We had extremely positive feedback from the community, who also got involved with a social media photography competition.”  

The festival also included two citizenship ceremonies at TAFE for 190 new Australians and Marion’s first BioBlitz which involved more than 450 people in a race against the clock to record and photograph animals and plants at Oaklands Wetland.

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