Fun Palaces Scotland
Fun Palaces celebrates culture (including the arts, sciences, heritage, making) that is led-locally by communities, free, accessible and for everyone.
For the 2015 weekend, we had 7 Fun Palaces in Scotland, including a Curiosity Forest, Community Science Ceilidh, Kelpies in the Yard and even a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (see photos here). In 2016 we had 13 Fun Palaces including a collaboration between Curiosity Forest and Leith Labs (a long-term science residency in a shopping center) with the research celebration Explorathon and activities across Fife libraries including felt-making and tattoo art.
This was also the year the Scotland Fun Palace Ambassador Lewis Hou was appointed. He is working across Scotland to help support grassroots arts and science participation year-round, feeding this into an action research project with four other ambassadors and taking a residency with Voluntary Arts Scotland. You can hear him discuss his role here as a Pecha Kucha in Dunfermline here. If you would like support to run a grassroots and local event in Scotland, please do get in touch! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This year, our 17 (and counting!) Fun Palaces vary from:
- A pop-up shopping centre dance hall & a “Little Shop of Memory” in Leith celebrating entertainment
- A chance to become a spy in Auchinleck Library, East Ayrshire
- Taking charge and direct your own animation at Tramways Art Space, Glasgow
- Exploring the skies, biology tattoos, red squirrels or canine science whilst walking your dog in the Midlothian Science Festival
- Getting hands-on with banana pianos, 3D printers and knitting across three Fife libraries
- Releasing your inner cave man exploring prehistoric art in Campbeltown Museum.
- Getting creative with art workshops at WHALE arts, Westerhailes.
- Discovering the science of birds, robotics, coding and music at the Biggar Science Festival, East Lanarkshire
- Laughing yourself silly with theatre and science with Learn Differently Theatre, Lochgelly, Fife,
- Providing a warm welcome to New Scots seeking asylum organised for and by New Scots who have found refuge in Edinburgh.
Come along and join in and better yet, get stuck in. If there’s not one local to you, feel free to make one – it’s never too late 😉
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