Fun Palaces is now looking for signups for their free annual weekend of action celebrating arts, culture, science and creativity.
On the 3rd and 4th of October 2020 Fun Palaces events will take place in the heart of communities all over the UK and worldwide – sharing skills and connecting people.
The not-for-profit association supports communities to lead their own cultural community events, encouraging people throughout the UK and internationally to create a local Fun Palace. It is the largest funder of community activity in the UK and shares the skills and passions of community members, whether they are experts or enthusiasts.
Since 2014 there have been 1758 Fun Palaces made by over 40,000 local people in 15 nations with over 560,000 people taking part. This October will be the seventh annual weekend and, year-on-year, Fun Palaces has widened the diversity and inclusivity of its events, welcoming a wider demographic to lead and join in local Fun Palaces.
Supporting local people to lead by sharing their own skills is key to the campaign, giving neighbours a chance to meet up and learn from each other in relaxed, fun and often chaotic ways, creating tiny revolutions of community connection.
All Fun Palaces are free to visit and offer activities ranging from arts, crafts and heritage through to science, tech, digital and sports. There are no rules about what venues can or can’t become a Fun Palace. From the tiniest gazebo to the grandest public hall, forests and fields, what matters when it comes to making a Fun Palace is that community is genuinely at the heart of it.
In 2019, Fun Palaces was awarded National Lottery funding from The National Lottery Community Fund. Over a five-year period, the £1.5m grant will support the work of Fun Palaces Ambassadors in nine locations, working with local partner organisations.
Fun Palaces Ambassadors are all local people, already working with their own communities. The funding from The funding supports them to do even more on a local, grassroots basis. It further enables them to share and develop their learning between the cohort of Ambassadors, the individuals and communities with which they work, and more widely with the many other organisations like Fun Palaces.
In November 2019 Lewis Hou joined SLIC as one of the Scottish Fun Palaces Ambassadors. Lewis has been partnering with libraries across Scotland to develop a peer network which links to the broader action research supported by the National Lotteries Community Fund. This includes partners and ambassadors from within different sectors across the UK such as the new Fun Palaces Ambassador working in partnership with Eden Court in Inverness.
Pamela Tulloch, Chief Executive at the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) said: “Libraries are positioned at the heart of communities across Scotland, offering everyone equal access to an abundance of information and resources for education, cultural and social activities. Working with Fun Palaces is a perfect partnership to encourage and empower communities and individuals to improve local community life through culture and creativity.”
Interested? Then why not Sign up to Fun Palaces and make your idea happen.