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 local building, home to the arts and sciences, open and welcoming to all. For many reasons it wasn’t possible in 1961 and the Fun Palace building they envisioned never came to fruition.

However, the concept of a space welcoming and open to all, led by and for local people, is a GREAT idea and since 2013 we have developed Fun Palaces to embrace all forms of culture, community-led and locally based.

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

The Fun Palaces campaign promotes culture at the heart of community and community at the heart of culture, with an annual weekend of action, where the combination of arts, craft, science, tech, digital, heritage and sport are a catalyst for community engagement, with active participation for and with all ages.

Fun Palaces are made by local people for their own communities, free and fun, linked by the the Fun Palace network. We welcome anyone and anywhere, to join us in 2018 and beyond.

The main numbers since we started :
2014 : 138 Fun Palaces made by 3183 local people with 40,000 participants
2015 : 142 Fun Palaces made by 2079 local people with 50,000 participants
2016 : 292 Fun Palaces made by 4800 local people with 124,000 participants
2017 : 362 Fun Palaces made by 13,750 local people with 126,000 participants

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 March 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.