Black Theatre Live


Fun Palaces weekend 7 & 8 October 2017

19 August 2017

Venues are invited to join the Fun Palaces revolution bringing the arts, science and community together.

In 2017 the FUN PALACES weekend will be 7th and 8th October.

The Fun Palaces Manifesto

"We believe in the genius in everyone, in everyone an artist and everyone a scientist, and that creativity in community can change the world for the better. We believe we can do this together, locally, with radical fun - and that anyone, anywhere, can make a Fun Palace."

As Article 27.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says :

“Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.”


In the early 1960s, Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price conceived the Fun Palace as a ‘laboratory of fun’ and ‘a university of the streets’. It was to be a temporary and movable home to the arts and sciences, open and welcoming to all. For many reasons it wasn’t possible in 1961 and the Fun Palace never came to fruition as a building. The idea however, of a space welcoming and open to all, bringing arts and sciences together, where everyone is an artist and everyone a scientist, remained a GREAT idea.

Co-Director Stella Duffy has written a blog post about the leap from the 1960s idea to now, and explaining how the campaign got going.

Fun Palaces is a movement campaigning for culture by, for and with all – with a firm belief that community belongs at the core of all culture – and an annual weekend of events, where arts, crafts, science, tech and digital are a catalyst for community engagement and full participation for everyone, from the grassroots up.

Fun Palaces are made by local people for their own communities, bringing together arts and sciences, crafts, tech and digital, free and fun, linked by the the Fun Palace network – Everyone an Artist, Everyone a Scientist. We welcome many more, from everywhere and anywhere, to join us in 2017 and beyond.

Over the first weekends in October 2014 and October 2015 there were 280 Fun Palaces, made by 5262 Fun Palaces Makers, across 11 nations, with 90,000 people taking part. In 2016 there were 292 Fun Palaces, led by 4800 local people, with 124,000 people taking part.

Over the first weekend of October every year, thousands of people across the country make Fun Palaces. Some big, some tiny, all of them an opportunity to celebrate the skills and passions of local communities and give everyone - of all ages - a chance to try out something new, from arts and sciences to craft, tech and digital. It’s about bringing people together, celebrating creativity, and having fun.

Fun Palaces are free (for people making them and for people participating in them on the weekend), they are for everyone and most importantly every idea you have will be a good one. 

Find your nearest FUN PALACE HERE