A virtual festival is underway to celebrate and promote learning for all.

The Dublin Learning City Festival focuses on initiatives to promote learning among different groups in the capital.

It also encourages and supports socially disadvantaged learners to take up learning opportunities at all stages of their lives.

The project is a collaboration between a number of universities and colleges in Dublin including UCD, Trinity College Dublin, the National College of Art and Design, and Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology.

It also includes the Royal College of Surgeons and Marino Institute of Education as well as the Education and Training Boards in Dublin.

Dublin was established as a Learning City in 2019, with the first Dublin Learning Festival held that year and more than 100 events took place across the city.

While last year's festival was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year's festival takes place virtually and events are free to attend, with over 200 learning events planned over the next three days.

Classes and workshops are available in a range of topics from drama to cookery, as well as drawing and gardening tutorials and virtual tours.

The initiative is funded by the Higher Education Authority Access Initiative and is run in collaboration with Dublin City Council, the Education and Training Boards and other stakeholders.

Co-Chair of Dublin Learning City, Denise McMorrow, said they are geared towards every age category: from early childhood all the way up to those actively retired.

She said there is something for everyone and all events are free.

"Anyone can join in," she added. "That's the whole emphasis and what we're about, to create a learning culture that's open accessible free and that is exciting and to create a new energy around learning in the city."

Ms McMorrow said the key message to people is that learning never stops and people can learn at any point and any time and for people to believe in themselves.

She said that college or university is an option for people even if they left education early.