A Fun Palace will be popping up near you on 4/5 October 2014, local people and communities sharing arts, culture and sciences in a national and international simultaneous campaign for participation and culture. Find your nearest Fun Palace here. (If you can't find one near you, maybe that's because you're the best person to get it going...?!) www.funpalaces.co.uk
Greenwich Dance Agency
Greenwich Fun Palace Greenwich Fun Palace will be a creative experiment bringing together communities, individuals and organisations to explore, have fun and find new ways. 'A Lab of a Palace'. Greenwich Dance is laying early plans with Royal Borough of Greenwich and Emergency Exit Arts before a summer of ideas with wonderful individuals and organisations living and working locally. We hope to have two sites in Greenwich, one definitely located at Greenwich Dance's home, The Borough Hall, Royal Hill, London. www.greenwichdanc... Twitter: @GreenwichDance
Greenwich Dance Agency
Keep The Noise Down, Don't Stop Dancing Join Told by an Idiot and Deafinitely theatre on 5th October for their Fun Palace. A place where a unique party will be in full swing. Learn to sign and order a drink at the bar. Put a friend of family member in the stocks and pie them and dance to the silent DJ. Come and enjoy and anarchic afternoon full of surprises for everyone. www.toldbyanidiot... Twitter: @toldbyanidiot93
Camden Town - London, Greater London
Isle of Wight Fun Palace, Quay Arts, Newport Harbour, Isle of Wight A chance to have fun engaging with the best arts and science on the Isle of Wight over a weekend. We promise fun times for everyone and entry to everything is free! www.quayarts.org Twitter: @quayarts
Newport - Newport, Isle of Wight
The Dartington and Totnes Fun Palace, Totnes in Devon We hope to take over an empty retail space in Totnes on Saturday 4th October and this would become our theatre for the day. The space would be internally decorated and redesigned by King Edward VI Community College and Schumacher students. It would become a theatre for the day to showcase their art, science and music. We would ask KEVICC Folk Club (KFC) if they would like to play and teach music to the community for the day. We would pin it on the map – using viral marketing that was a bit edgy. We would finish the day with a newly formed street band processing, led by Stefan Harding who would give a Time Walk through Totnes, down through the back street car-parks to the river. We would stop at the community gardens to play music. www.dartington.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/... Twitter: @The Dartington Hall Trust
Totnes - Torbay
Fun Forest, Grove 2, Gilmore Park, Edinburgh Our proposal is an evolving forest which acts as an active context for a set of events about vegetal life. Each piece of this forest is an evolving device made of reused packaging filled with soil and seeds, which registers the effect of time upon natural and artificial materials. Furthermore, the forest as a whole evidences the pattern of consumption by a community in its everyday life. The event will consist of a theatrical play about how different plants and crops are getting on (or not) as companion plants. www.grovecommunit... Facebook: www.facebook.com/...
Fountainbridge - Fountainbridge - Edinburgh
Pateley Bridge Fun Palace, in North Yorkshire - at the Recreation Ground Individuals coming together to do, make, show, tell - a forest of small marquees in the centre of town. Pateley is also a land of visitors - we welcome any who gravitate to Pateley only temporarily to join in - contact us and tell us what you'd like to do! Twitter: @Karen Wilson
Pateley Bridge - North Yorkshire
Dress and Draw, Make and Muse Fun Palace, Cast Off Drama - West Yorkshire Dress and Draw, Make and Muse is a weekend of dressing up, dragging up, making weird, wonderful, monstrous museful, bonny and beautiful outfits from recycled materials. It will include a day of collective model-led life-drawing and the chance to make your own mini-plays and skits based on gallery collections, songs, stories and poems. To be performed in a gallery space. www.castoffdrama....
Bluespots Productions in Augsburg, Germany Partner of All Change Festival Fun Palace with the Lyric Hammersmith in London & Vinnslan in Reykjavík, Iceland. www.bluespotsprod... Facebook: www.facebook.com/...
Signal Digital Fun Palace Signal Film and Media will make a Digital Fun Palace for a Day – a place to play and share ideas and visions for our digital future. Stop and stare or join in and share - creating fun with and for people of all ages. www.signalfilmand... Twitter: @Signal_Films
Chisenhale Dance Space
Chisenhale Fun Palace in Chisenhale Art Place Chisenhale Dance Space, Chisenhale Gallery and Chisenhale Studios present a fun and unique weekend of activities and experiments throughout our shared building. We’ll be collecting ideas about what a Fun Palace might mean in person and online over the coming weeks. Chisenhale Dance Space will be asking you for your Fun Palace dreams as part of the Roman Road Festival on 6 July - come along! chisenhale.co.uk/
Chisenhale Dance Space
Royal & Derngate Theatre
Royal and Derngate Fun Palace at Royal Derngate in Northampton Free theatre with accompanying workshops, backstage tours, demonstrations and exhibitions, interactive theatre performances, live music and other exciting activities. www.royalandderng... Twitter: @RoyalDerngate
Royal & Derngate Theatre
Portable Telly in Portstewart and other locations in Northern Ireland The Portable Telly is Big Telly's tiny four-seater mobile Fun Palace which tours short pieces of theatre and side-show style attractions. Built inside an enclosed box van trailer, it has an opulent Victorian-style interior complete with curtains, mini-stage, gas lights and sound. There are two seats in the balcony and two in the stalls! www.big-telly.com/ Twitter: @Big Telly Theatre Company
Portstewart - Coleraine
Théâtre Charnière and Jacques Tati's Fun Palace in Amiens Le Centre Culturel Jacques Tati opens its doors on the 5th of October - all day long people will share actions and creations - dance, music, poems, plays, painting, writing. Everyone brings their own talents, watches performances and is involved in a one day creation with actors and dancers. A banquet of everybody’s cuisine - home-made soups, noodles, fishes, meat, snails and cakes for everyone's pleasure. This day will be preceded by a meeting in La Maison du Théâtre on the 4th of October gathering together actors, spectators and scholars to discuss Workshop Theatre and Education populaire. www.theatre-charn... Facebook: Theatre Charniere
Amiens - Picardie
Liverpool Fun Palace, Chinatown If you walk down Duke Street you will find a street museum images covering three Georgian buildings. We are going to expand the idea of using empty buildings to tell stories and create a laboratory of fun, music and laughter. Let’s dress up and have a ball, a disco with karaoke and a talent show! www.soundagents.b... twitter : @RadioChinatown
Duke Street - Liverpool
Fun Palace at The Mixing Bowl: an all singing, all dancing fun family open day. In the run up we will ask our community what they would like our Fun Palace to look like, we imagine there will be arts, crafts, dance, sport and music. We would like to open our doors and let our community come & take part in the amazing arts activities our young people do year round. It’s going to be all about taking part, trying new things, having FUN! www.hoxtonhall.co...
Canonbury - Canonbury, Greater London
Slack Space Colchester Fun Palace Slack Space Colchester is a volunteer-run initiative to create arts usage of empty shops and locations, in order to promote local artists, present new and exciting work to the public and generate a cultural buzz in the town centre. Our aim is to interrupt and enhance retail footfall with art and performance: To fill the slack spaces in our town with colour, art and laughter and to help keep our social, cultural and economic life warm in the chill of recession. slackspace.org.uk/
Colchester - Essex
Milton Keynes is a simmering hot-bed of arts, culture and science preparing for the 4th - 5th October celebration. Stimulated by the wealth of public artwork already available, new works are evolving or tying in and different community venues are emerging. Contact Sharon of APE MK (Articulate, pARTicipate, Enjoy) if you work or live in MK and are keen to get involved. Twitter: sharon@APEMKFunPalace email: apemkslh@btintern... or tel: 01908 766343
Milton Keynes - Buckinghamshire
Farnham Fun Palace A word soup across Farnham. A famous song translated in several languages, made into a giant puzzle. Pieces distributed across the town, match your piece with its other half, create a word/sentence. Meet at the designated pub and gather all the pieces to recreate the text. Explore the town, learn new languages, sit, eat, drink, exchange. All welcome. @FarnhamFunPal www.facebook.com/...
Farnham - Surrey
Invicta Children's Centre Fun Palace : A celebration of the work of Invicta Children's Centre in the local community, and a thank-you to the support of our local families and service partnerships prior to the building changes commencing in October 2014. invictaprimarysch...
Invicta School - Westcombe Park - London, Greater London
Medway Fun Palace, Nucleus Arts We will be in Rochester, Chatham and Maidstone using established studio and gallery space for a weekend of creative fun available to all, for free! More details to follow.... www.nucleusarts.c...
The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester
Royal Exchange Fun Palace We throw open our doors for our FREE OPEN DAY - your chance to get behind the scenes of a working theatre! As well as going behind-the-scenes of the Royal Exchange, there'll also be Family Friendly activities, workshops for all ages, the chance to dress up in the Theatre's costumes, free entertainment in the Great Hall, and much, much more - all to be revealed soon.
The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester
Stratford London Underground Station
The Joan Littlewood Commission, Stratford Underground Station Art on the Underground will be commissioning and presenting a new artwork at Stratford Underground station, inspired by the life and work of Joan Littlewood. Taking the question of ‘What would you do?’ as it’s starting point, we are working with a visual artist to deliver a new project for the station. The will launch during the Fun Palace weekend of 4/5 October and will be free of charge. art.tfl.gov.uk/ twitter : @aotulondon
Stratford London Underground Station
Bethnal Green Fun Palace, Oxford House : At this stage we don't actually know what we'll be doing. But we want to do something and are VERY interested in potential partners to make it happen. Local/interested groups & individuals, please get in touch. oxfordhouse.org.uk/ @OHTheatre
Phenomenal People Fun Palace : Fuel's office is in central London, but this Fun Palace is EVERYWHERE! Phenomenal People is a live and digital project to celebrate inspiring women. The Phenomenal People Fun Palace will celebrate Joan through inviting people to share their stories and information about her via www.phenomenalpeo... Anyone can take part in the Phenomenal People Fun Palace just log on and tell us your stories about Joan. www.fueltheatre.com twitter : @Jeff Henshaw Theatre
The Strand - London, Greater London
Ideas Test Fun Palace : We will be somewhere in Medway and Swale - maybe multi-located. We don't yet know the specifics of our Fun Palace, we're working with partners to develop ideas. Anyone who's interested in getting involved with our plans should get in touch with Steph at : creativepeoplepla... or on twitter @ideastest
Turner Contemporary Fun Palace : Inspired by Britain's best-loved painter JMW Turner, the gallery offers a space for everyone to discover different ways of seeing, thinking and learning. Situated on Margate seafront, on the same site where Turner stayed when visiting the town, Turner Contemporary presents a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions, events and learning opportunities which make intriguing links between art from 1750 to the present day. At least one Turner work is on show at all times, whether a sketchbook study or dedicated exhibition. www.turnercontemp... @Turner Contemporary
The Whirligig Join us at the Whirligig woods for a taster of some of our most marvelous activities. Explore and play within 4 acres of beautiful woodland filled with magical installations to discover at every turn. Make magnificent creations at our arts and crafts workshops whilst being serenaded by our woodland choir. A fresh aired and fun filled day to be enjoyed by the whole family. www.wildrumpus.or... @_wildrumpus
Big Telly's BOX Fun Palace : The BOX (an empty shop) is an experimental space presenting invisible theatre, interactive art installations, ongoing improvised theatre and informal cultural encounters. It’s also a successful creative space shared with the community, presenting arts and crafts practitioners, hobby enthusiasts, poets and readers. It’s animating the town, increasing cultural engagement and developing new work and ideas. www.big-telly.com/
Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre
Leicester Print Workshop and Phoenix - Our Fun Palace : Come and take part in our Fun Palace and learn something new! Engage with printmaking and explore digital media in our collaborative activity for children and adults. This free event is hosted in partnership by Leicester Print Workshop and Phoenix. www.leicesterprin... www.phoenix.org.uk/
Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre
Clwb Y Bont
Positively Ponty Fun Palace Organised by Positively Ponty, a group set up to creatively develop projects that encourages people to revitalise the area with a open attitude to making a difference in Pontypridd and the surrounding area. Working from our base in an independent cultural centre in the South Wales Valleys - Living Well - we will continue the Science, Arts and social projects that have been hosted by Positively Ponty over the last two years. Living Well is inviting conversations in the spirit of Joan's Vision that she brought to the valleys when she visited fifty years ago. It's going to be fun folks! www.facebook.com/... @PositivelyPonty
More Music - The Hothouse
More Music Melodrome Fun Palace More Music and Melodrome join forces in a day of performance and workshops, music and science – all great fun, free and open to everyone. Based at The Hothouse, Devonshire Road, we will combine 19th and 21st century technologies in a range of activities and workshops. It’s all based on a Victorian illusion called Pepper's Ghost, an illusion technique used in theatre, haunted houses and in magic tricks. Come along and make objects magically appear or disappear, make them become transparent or morph into each other, enjoy live music, play along and get involved. www.moremusic.org... www.facebook.com/...
Lancaster Library Fun Palace : Come along for a weekend of fascinating fun and exploration created by the people of the historic city of Lancaster to share. Try your hand at games both live and online, music, art, science experiments, skill-sharing and absorbing activities for all ages in the Library and the Market Square. new.lancashire.go... @LancashireCC
Stratford Circus Fun Palace A free, interactive & participatory day of fun for all the family – drop in and take part in a whole range of activities including performances, workshops, face-painting, dress up and arts and crafts. www.stratford-cir...
Meladrama Fun Palace : Creating Change A dramathon.... Writers come and write and pass their work onto producers who cast it, and directors and actors who then perform it, almost like a conveyer belt, all the pieces will be topical and informed by the 'world news' that will serve as a starting point for all the writing. www.meladrama.co.uk/ @meladramauk
Discover Children's Story Centre
Discover Fun Palace In Stratford only a hop, skip and jump away from Joan Littlewoods’s Theatre Royal, where she first developed Fun Palaces, is Discover Children’s Story Centre, a treasure trove of play, stories and entertainment made by children for children. Our Fun Palace has a secret cave, magic tower, pirate ship and sparkling river. On the 4 October local children will design a day of games, play and messiness as well as inviting some rather special guests to come along. Plus the opening of a brand new installation created by a top secret world famous children’s illustrator and author… www.discover.org.uk/ @Discover_Story
lumbbank - Writers Retreat
Lumb Bank Fun Palace For one day only Lumb Bank, former home of Ted Hughes and now one of Arvon’s residential writing centres, will be turned into a Fun Palace. Activities will include an interactive writing treasure trail for all ages devised by local writers, lantern making, a chillout zone with music, tea and homemade cake and culminating in a twilight lantern procession and performance. Come and help write this stunning former Mill House into the surrounding Yorkshire landscape through words, light, friendship and fire! www.arvon.org/... @Lumb_Bank
Kent Fun Palace : The Kent Baton is a mobile art space which travels around Kent making fun creative things happen. A mobile art space which travels around Kent making fun creative things happen. We are looking for host venues to invite us to come and visit. www.kentculturalb... @KENTBaton
Brockwell Lido Fun Palace : Using the pool area in a new and exciting way, made by and for the community, from sports to music, dance to playing pool in the pool. You might get wet. www.facebook.com/... @shelleysilas
Brockwell Lido - Herne Hill - Herne Hill, Greater London
Action Transport Theatre, Ellesmere Port: Wake up Whitby Hall! We're throwing open the doors and letting the public go wild in the Georgian gem of Ellesmere Port! We hope to work with a local digital agency to bring Whitby Hall to life with projections and digital installations creations by the Ellesmere Port public! www.actiontranspo...
Brewery Arts Centre Stage
Brewery Arts Centre : Joan's first rehearsals & performances for Theatre Workshop took place in Kendal. Thirty years later the Brewery Arts Centre opened, right next to the place Joan rehearsed. Today we are a Fun Palace 365 days of the year, bringing together exciting and inspiring experiences in the arts for young and old alike. Our Fun Palace will offer a kaleidoscope of performances, events and happenings performed by people of all ages, for people of all ages. www.breweryarts.c...
Glasgow Fun Palace : Delighted to be part of this national event and bring Fun Palaces north of the border. We will be celebrating the spirit of community through the arts, culture and science...and above all FUN glasgowfunpalace.... Twitter: @GlasFunPalace
The House of Fairy Tales Fun Palace : Notwithstanding the hobgoblins and imps who frequent the shadows of our wagons and caravans, our Travelling Art Circus has been carousing, effusing and squalling the fun and laughter into our palaces for nigh on a many year (as all our players will riotously concur]…. We have appeared in a multitude of happenings throughout the length and breadth of our green and fragrant kingdom. And so will be welcoming you into our fun palace somewhere in the Greater Part of our lands on the first weekend of October without fear or failure (but maybe a tiny clue of a fanfare). We're still looking for a venue, so if you have one for us - get in touch! houseoffairytales...
Hoxton Fun Palace : The Ministry of Stories will host a network of Hoxton based arts organisations and individuals to provide a weekend full of participatory workshops, activities and performances. Together we will tell the stories of Hoxton through poetry, prose, music, art, performance and all sorts of interactive family fun! www.ministryofsto...
Hoxton - Hoxton, Greater London
Portsmouth Pantry Fun Palace : Art and food activities. We take inspiration from food – how we feel about it – and turn it into art. It could be film, sound, sculpture, drawing, words. Our project is inclusive and for a diversity of young people. www.thepantryproj...
Hackney Empire Fun Palace : Doing the Fun Palace thing the Hackney way! To celebrate the 'Mother of Modern Theatre' Joan Littlewood, Hackney Empire will be throwing open its doors for one weekend and hosting a range of community events from vinyl markets to tea dances! Find out more here: www.hackneyempire... Twitter: @Hackney Empire
Hackney Empire - Hackney Central - Hackney, Greater London
Glasshouse Fun Palace, Surbiton : The Glasshouse will be a fun place to try out new approaches to making things up, writing a play, doing some drama – ACTING UP!!! Using Joan Littlewood’s techniques, you can have a go at trying out new ways of ACTING UP – clown, music hall, sketches, improvisation, dance, caricature, direct address. Workshops at the Glasshouse Fun Palace with Irene Palko, creator of the one-woman show Littlewood, and other actor-workshop leaders. www.glasshousethe...
Crystal Palace Fun Palace Still in the brainstorming stages but with hundreds of idea on the table, it looks exciting! www.crystalfunpal...
People's History Museum
People's History Museum Fun Palace : There have always been ideas worth fighting for. Join a march through time at the People’s History Museum following Britain’s struggle for democracy over two centuries. Watch this space for full details of our exciting Fun Palace! www.phm.org.uk/
Croydon Fun Palace, filling community venues with fun, encouraging people to expand horizons & realise potential. Free-access, community-led activities will transform the way we all see the world, engaging us in arts & sciences in new ways. We want to give people who've never done this sort of thing the skills and confidence to build a Fun Palace. Our Fun Palace will be what we all make it. If you know what you like, you know what to do - join us! www.facebook.com/...
Wales Millennium Centre
Cardiff Fun Palace. Agent 160 making a Fun Palace at Wales Millennium Centre; you will find them in the public spaces, foyer, café and Cardiff Bay. Inspired by the amazing Joan Littlewood, Agent 160 will be performing new short plays, in both English and Welsh, about all the curious and various things women can be. “Good theatre draws the energies out of the place where it is, and gives it back as joie de vivre” – Joan Littlewood. agent160theatre.b... www.wmc.org.uk/
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Newcastle Fun Palace : We're up for populating a palace with fun. We might recreate a section of our 2010 show, Building Palaces. It invited audiences into performers' palaces and then offered them the chance to design their own palaces. We might also make jelly and have a tea party. Basically we've got fun, if you've got a palace. www.unfoldingthea...
The Little Angel Theatre
Islington Little Angel Fun Palace at the Sebbon St Community Centre. Our new community and participation space will be animated and activated by local families and residents. The Little Angel Theatre will co-ordinate a wealth of activities and opportunities to breathe life into a building disused for nearly a decade. You're invited to join in with the planning, help with the preparations or just come on the day and experience the wonder and excitement of the day's activities and events. www.littleangelth...
Camden Networkers Fun Palace : Networkers get together and invite other locals 50+ to get together and make changes, have fun, share and learn ie: gardening in community places, arts-crafts to exhibit, organise informal learning, knitting. We are volunteers lead and everybody is welcome, particularly isolated elders from BAME communities. www.csv.org.uk/
The Other Space
E52's Fun Palace : Giant puppeteer-led Cardboard Robots will battle it out in choreographed cinematic style as they move through the city centre of Hull watched over by the Giant Creatures. The project will involve lots of 'making' and 'creating' in The Other Space, Hull before art interventions and street theatre across the city centre. Several teams of artists, theatre makers, storytellers, performers, roboteers and, most importantly, anyone that would like to get involved will be asked to propose and design several giant puppet robots and stories for them. e52.co.uk/site/
York Cocoa House
The York Chocolate Fun Palace : A chocolate house of imaginative chocolate fun, working with our favourite medium to create beautiful pictures good enough to eat. Our Chocolate Fun Palace is open all the time, however to take part we do ask you book in for certain times ahead of your visit. www.yorkcocoahous...
Mycenae House Fun Palace : Mycenae House and Gardens are working with resident artists, musicians, companies and groups to engage with our wider communities to to reflect on the areas history and identity from the great war until now by using workshops, performances and exhibitions to celebrate what we discover. www.mycenaehouse....
City Varieties Music Hall
City Varieties Youth Theatre Fun Palace : With 80 members aged 8-21 and a pool of freelance artists including directors, writers, musicians, composers, poets and choreographers, we'll be throwing open our doors and welcoming the people of Leeds to come along, bringing stories to tell that we'll help bring to life. With no outcome other than to celebrate theatre for theatre's sake, and all it enables us to do. People will meet, skills will be shared and developed, with an emphasis on cross art form, cross generational and total open access, we can't wait.
Folkestone Fun Palace : will take place in Quarterhouse and around the Creative Quarter, with activities by and for our local community... we will probably get all our regulars to come up with something special, from the Improv Group and the Roma community creative club to our summer youth theatre company, we will work together towards creating a weekend where the building is what you make of it. www.quarterhouse....
Proteus Creation Space
Basingstoke Fun Palace : The Proteus Creation Space will be flinging open its doors even wider than usual to welcome architects, scientists, engineers and academics to create events and activities alongside the resident visual and performance artists. It promises to be a weekend to remember! www.proteustheatr...
Home to writers, researchers, musicians, technicians, poets, scientists, dramatists and everything inbetween. Nestled on the border of England and Wales, close to both the Welsh countryside and the urban landscapes of Fun palace at Gladstone's Library : Chester, Liverpool and Manchester. We want to bring together as many elements of our creative community as we can. Our Fun Palace will be built by inventive collaboration. Interested? Get in touch! www.gladstoneslib...
Firehouse Creative Productions will be presenting All Change Festival as a Fun Palace at the Lyric Hammersmith in London. Teaming up with international partners on one of the days in Reykjavik, Iceland (with Vinnslan Ensemble) and Augsberg, Germany (partner Bluespots Ensemble), All Change will include participatory installations, a Rant, a story-telling dog-walking party and an anarchic open mic! www.lyric.co.uk www.allchangefest... www.firehousecrea...
Fun Palace at The View Tube : The Fun Palace will be launched on the 13th February 2014 with events throughout the year including a weekend of activities for 4th & 5th October. The space will be transformed into a tactile and interactive environment that reflects the notions and ideas behind Joan Littlewood’s Fun Palace and pick up the imagery from ‘The Fun Palace’ poem by Caroline Bird commission by The Legacy List for the art in the park, QE Olympic Park. The Sparked shipping container will take on the concept of an adaptable space where individuals can control their own ‘self-participation’ and where the ‘inter-accessibility’ of the activities will allow for the creation of new activities and experiences. www.theviewtube.co
The Common Treasury : Learning and Fun from the worlds of hobbyists, experts, amateurs, enthusiasts, teachers, learners, beginners and tyros - bringing curiosity and enthusiasm together with small injections of wherewithal - equipment, info, know-how. www.volcom.org.uk/
The Pen Museum
The Pen Palace : Our Fun Palace will be formed around the notion of the scribe, mark making, drawing, writing and the concept of the pen. The exploration of their traditions and their places in history and in modern society. www.penroom.co.uk/
West Yorkshire Playhouse
West Yorkshire Fun Palace: A Fun Palace for everyone. Drawing on its rich history of open participation which includes the magnificent Hey Days for older people, Beautiful Octopus Club, numerous community projects & productions, WYP is throwing itself open to suggestions, ideas, proposals and collaborations. We want to be talking with everyone & anyone who wants to get involved to make Fun Palace weekend a fantastic celebration of arts, community, learning and fun. www.wyp.org.uk/