A variety of organizations take part, offering opportunities for adult learning, training and career development. Exhibitors at the City Hall include: University College Cork, Cork Institute of Technology, Cork Education & Training Board, community schools, as well as colleges and individuals from the private sector. Dublin based organisations also exhibit, including A.O.N.T.A.S., Open University, and Office of the Ombudsman, alongside Citizens’ Information Service, Diabetes Ireland, Social & Health Education Project, and Cork Anti-Poverty Network. Many cultural and voluntary groups offer a range of courses in hobbies, languages and special interest, e.g. astronomy, genealogy, meditation, Italian, Spanish, Alexander Technique, hill walking, mindfulness and chant, etc.
Workshops will also be held over the two days, drawing on the special knowledge and expertise of the exhibitors.
The event is organised on a wholly voluntary basis by the Cork Adult Education Council every year. Fees for exhibitors are kept to a minimum, with proceeds going back into the event to cover stand hire, publicity, and advertising
In this era of online communication, the Cork exhibition gives the public a special face-to-face opportunity to savour a diverse range of courses, catering for all interests, ages and abilities. It is a unique event, the only one of its kind in the country.
Admission is free and all are welcome.