Author: stelladuffy

Fun Palaces, Sustainability and Local Culture

Outside of my Fun Palaces work (but entirely joined up with it) I am working on a project exploring the 20 minute neighbourhood (or 15 minute city) model. The idea being that residents of a…

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Illustration of a large group of people huddled together, smiling and embracing under red bunting and a Fun Palaces banner.

Why fun matters when the going gets tough

The Cost of Living crisis is having catastrophic effects across the UK, far deepening the existing inequality resulting from 13 years of austerity. Costs rise and opportunities narrow, “just enough” shrinks to become “not enough”…

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Two people perform music to a seated audience at Stratford East Fun Palace

All culture has value, and music is worth something…right?

Our co-director Makala Cheung shares her thoughts on the value of music and fair pay in the music industry:

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Who holds the power?

Why is it that some culture is put high on a pedestal and gets countless streams of funding directed at it, whereas other areas of arts and culture remain underfunded and fighting for a platform?…

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Online Fun Palaces

If you’re stuck at home isolating this weekend, or don’t happen to be near a Fun Palace – do not worry! There are several online Fun Palaces signed up, as well as some Fun Palaces…

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It’s Never too Late to Make A Fun Palace

It is absolutely never too late to sign up a Fun Palace, even the day before the annual weekend of action, even on the morning of the day you want to hold the Fun Palace.…

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#TinyRevolutions – Unexpected Nature Montage

Sometimes I find it can feel like a bit of a struggle to get out of the house, whether stepping outside of the back door for some fresh air, or going on a walk around…

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Who’s Making Fun for the Adults?

Amie Taylor, our new producer (and past Fun Palace Maker) shares a blog on making fun for the Adults.  When was the last time you made a pom-pom, or a shadow puppet or looked at…

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#TinyRevolutions: Make the Museum of You

This Tiny Revolution started off years ago as a conversation starter – ‘What three objects in your home would represent you best?’ Then in lockdown I turned it into an actual activity for some older…

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Still growing and changing

In December 2020, we announced some changes for Fun Palaces, with co-founders and co-directors Stella Duffy and Sarah-Jane Rawlings stepping away from their roles. In May 2021 Makala Cheung and Kirsty Lothian became the new…

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Tiny Revolutions: Organise a Seed Swap

Kathryn, based in Linlithgow in central Scotland has made a Fun Palace for the past 3 years – in 2018 and 2019 as part of her job at Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling. 2020 was…

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#TinyRevolutions: Build a Bug Hotel

This week’s Tiny Revolution comes from Erika in Manchester. Here she shares her story of building a hotel for bugs, which she did with her friend (also called Erika), when she ended up moving in…

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