About

In 2018 the Fun Palaces weekend will be 6th and 7th October.

The Fun Palaces Manifesto

We believe in the genius in everyone, in everyone an artist and everyone a scientist, and that creativity in community can change the world for the better.
We believe we can do this together, locally, with radical fun – and that anyone, anywhere, can make a Fun Palace.

As Article 27.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says :

“Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.”

How It Came Together

In the early 1960s, Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price conceived the Fun Palace as a ‘laboratory of fun’ and ‘a university of the streets’. It was to be a temporary and movable home to the arts and sciences, open and welcoming to all. For many reasons it wasn’t possible in 1961 and the Fun Palace never came to fruition as a building. The idea however, of a space welcoming and open to all, bringing arts and sciences together, where everyone is an artist and everyone a scientist, remained a GREAT idea.

Co-Director Stella Duffy has written a blog post about the leap from the 1960s idea to now, and explaining how the campaign got going.

Fun Palaces is a movement campaigning for culture by, for and with all – with a firm belief that community belongs at the core of all culture – and an annual weekend of events, where arts, crafts, science, tech and digital are a catalyst for community engagement and full participation for everyone, from the grassroots up.

Fun Palaces are made by local people for their own communities, bringing together arts and sciences, crafts, tech and digital, free and fun, linked by the the Fun Palace network – Everyone an Artist, Everyone a Scientist. We welcome many more, from everywhere and anywhere, to join us in 2017 and beyond.

Over the first weekends in October 2014 and October 2015 there were 280 Fun Palaces, made by 5262 Fun Palaces Makers, across 11 nations, with 90,000 people taking part. In 2016 there were 292 Fun Palaces, led by 4800 local people, with 124,000 people taking part.

Check out our 2014 page here, or have a look at our 2014 film.

Here’s our 2015 film where we ask Fun Palaces Makers what it is like to create a Fun Palace with their own community.

Here’s our 2016 evaluation, and our 2016 film.

NB: Our 2017 evaluation will be available in February 2018.

Who’s running the campaign?

Co-Directors Stella Duffy and Sarah-Jane Rawlings, and producers Hannah Lambert and Kirsty Lothian
Here’s a bit more about us, and you can contact us here.

This is Fun Palaces’ Environmental Policy written specifically for us by Paula Owen.