About the Global Learning Festival

The Global Learning Festival seeks to provide unity and connection to communities all over the world. By participating in learning events on a wide variety of topics, across time zones and languages, you can experience firsthand the benefits that lifelong learning can bring to you.

Participate in Global Lifelong Learning Events for All Ages

What is Lifelong Learning and why is it Important?

In simple terms, lifelong learning can be explained as the ongoing pursuit of knowledge both inside and outside of formal education institutions. Lifelong learning puts an emphasis on the concept that learning is done everywhere, everyday, by people of all ages, abilities and interests.

The learning activities a person undertakes might be for professional or personal development, but can always enhance that person’s social inclusion, employability, active citizenship, competitiveness, self-sustainability, adaptability, resilience, ability to take advantage of opportunities and more.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

As part of a global network of learning cities, Global Learning Festival events seek to address as many of the 17 SDG’s as possible to improve the lives of global citizens no matter their age, ability, interest or socio-economic status.

Festival Organisers

The Global Learning Festival is brought to you by Melton City Council and Wyndham City Council, both on the western fringe of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia.

Both the City of Melton and City of Wyndham are accredited UNESCO Learning Cities.


UNESCO Learning City Since 2014

Melton City Council is the governing body of the City of Melton on the western fringe of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. The city covers 528 square kilometres and is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the country with a population of 185,471 in 2021.


In 2014, the City of Melton became the first UNESCO Learning City in Australia. Since then, Council has recognised the importance of lifelong learning as a key to developing green, healthy, equitable and inclusive communities, providing opportunities for meaningful employment and entrepreneurship. In turn, this makes our community more resilient, adaptable, more skilled and able to take advantage of opportunities.


UNESCO Learning City since 2019

Wyndham City Council is the governing body of the City of Wyndham on the south-western fringe of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. The city covers 542 square kilometres and has a population of 302,650 in 2021.


In 2019, the City of Wyndham became a UNESCO Learning City. Wyndham City Council strongly believes learning is fundamental to the future wellbeing, prosperity, and sense of belonging for the people of Wyndham. With the Wyndham Learning Community Strategy 2018 – 2023 as the driver, Council is positioning Wyndham as a pivot for innovation, change, and resilience in an increasingly complex and ambiguous world.

Valued Partners

Each year, partners from around the world come together to contribute to the Global Learning Festival program. These partners come from varying industries, cities and countries, ensuring that the program of events is rich in diversity, inclusion and equity.


Participating Organisations & Cities

Each year we are privileged to have new and returning organisations and learning cities from around the world offer their time and expertise in hosting online events during the festival. We are proud to have the following organisations and cities participating in the 2021 Global Learning Festival. 

Access to Business

Adult Education Wolverhampton

AMES Australia and Parks Victoria

Andrea Rodriguez

Ashley Emmerton

Australian Learning Communities Network


Beyond Empathy

Brimbank City Council

Brimbank Libraries

Children’s Book Council of Australia

City of Burnaby

City of Canning

City of Port Adelaide Enfield Libraries

Datong Community College, Taipai City


First Step Mediation

Geelong Regional Library Corporation

Green Connect

HobStar Computing Solutions

International Development Program @ RMIT

IRIS Consulting Group Pty Ltd

Irish Network of Learning Cities

Lowell City of Learning

Maribyrnong Libraries

Matsunaga Institute for Peace

Melton City Council

Modiin Maccabim Reut Municipality

Moreland City Libraries

Mount Burnett Observatory

Parliament of Victoria

PASCAL International Observatory

Polaron Language Services


Secretaria de Educación de Medellín

The GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods

The Mahoney Family Event Fund

The Spark of Hudson

University of Wolverhampton

Victoria University Polytechnic

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

Western BACE Limited

Whitehorse Manningham Libraries

Wollongong Botanic Garden

Wollongong City Council

Woverhampton College

Wolverhampton Music Service

Wyndham Central College

Wyndham City Council

Wyndham City Libraries

YMCA Black Country Group