Where do Fun Palaces happen?
Anywhere and everywhere.
There have been Fun Palaces in large public venues and small local halls, libraries and schools, public squares, private gardens, swimming pools, ferries, trains, streets, town squares, forests and fields.
Wherever you can imagine creating a local, community-led event – that’s a great place to make a Fun Palace.
Does a Fun Palace have to exist in a physical space?
You can make a Fun Palace wherever you want and that includes using digital technology.
We encourage you to think differently – there have been online Fun Palaces, we also welcome radio or podcast Fun Palaces – any way of gathering people together, handing over control, sharing resources, making it possible for people to try new things and share ideas.
How can I get people to come to our Fun Palace?
There’s loads of help around promoting your Fun Palace in the Toolkit. Check out the template letters to your MP and local councillors, template listings and press releases.
Where does the idea come from?
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price devised the Fun Palace as a ‘laboratory of fun’ and ‘a university of the streets’.
How can I get funding for our Fun Palace?
People who worked with Joan on her original ideas told us that they thought we should make Fun Palaces with a ‘beg, borrow and steal’ mentality, and in 2017, 71% of Fun palaces made their weekend events with no extra resources.
We recommend asking for help – once you tell people that the event is free and you’re creating it for and with the local community, they tend to be really supportive.
A space could be borrowed for free, people may lend you the equipment you need, or local shops might want to contribute to something that benefits their locality. If everyone in your community wants to make it together, it’s possible that a Fun Palace doesn’t need to cost anything at all, but if that seems impossible for you, check out these suggestions.
Where can I find guidance for making our Fun Palace?
Have a look at our Toolkit for loads of useful ideas and suggestions.
There are also some great short films here, with everything from how it was in previous years, to specific tips on funding, getting your community to join in, activities to try – all from Fun Palaces Makers who have done it and know what they’re talking about.
I’m having trouble with our Fun Palace page, can you help?
Yes we can. Fun Palaces HQ is a tiny team of three, all part time. We usually work Tuesdays and Thursdays, and will get back to you asap.
Here’s how to get in touch.
Who’s in charge?
Each of the Fun Palaces are run by different people in every place and it’s up to them and their community (and you!) to decide what happens at their local Fun Palace.
Find out more about Fun Palaces HQ.
Do we have to make our Fun Palace on the October weekend?
Well … we’re a tiny team at Fun Palaces HQ, just four of us part-time, and we run the ongoing campaign as well as the weekend. Much of our work is about promoting what YOU are doing on the weekend, helping to shine a light on the amazing things happening locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, it’s MUCH easier to do that when everyone is making a Fun Palace on the same weekend.
Further, we really believe it’s NOT just about the weekend – we see Fun Palaces as a vital way to emphasise the importance of community-led culture, public ownership (both literally and in an emotional sense) of the spaces where culture happens, of the brilliance of everyday creativity, of the genius in everyone and in every local community. When we are all making a shout at the same time for cultural democracy and for culture created by us all, we make a much louder noise.
So … we’re not going to say you CAN’T make a Fun Palace on another date, but for very many reasons that go to the core of our work, we’d PREFER you to do it at the same time as everyone else.