Making our 5th Fun Palace
The Fun Palaces weekend is just round the corner and I don't know what's going to happen for us on the 6th. There's always a risk that the event will not go as well as we wish but that's okay, we welcome the possibility of failure as part of the process (and OF COURSE we want the day to be amazing, we're just honest with ourselves). But whichever way the event goes, the making of the Fun Palace has been a happy achievement for us. Fun Palaces have been like an earthquake for us. What we've been doing, as Fun Palace Makers, has been to try to rebuild a world that meets our expectations from the wreckage of the old world and its old ways. We haven't always managed but we have worked at it. And we're optimistic about it. And what's more subversive than optimism? Destabilising than the will to share? What I personally take away from making a Fun Palace for the 5th time is a chance to escape the past, get my hands dirty and create a future more attuned to my hopes. Fun Palaces say: you may be born on the ramshackle side of humanity, you can still get out of it, protest, think, say no, see farther than the tangible, mend the world around you when it no longer makes sense. Our Fun Palace is not perfect, of course it's not, but it's a beautiful adventure.