Fun Palaces

Fun Palaces is an ongoing campaign for cultural democracy, with an annual international weekend of action every October. The campaign promotes culture at the heart of community and community at the heart of culture. The weekend of action uses the combination of arts, craft, science, tech, digital, heritage and sports activities, led by local people for local people, sharing their own passions and skills, as a catalyst for community-led transformation, with active participation for all ages.

Tūranga Fun Palace 2019

Kia ora! Tūranga will be a total Fun Palace on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October 2019 (the middle weekend of the school holidays)! We have our thinking caps on and are planning lots of spectacular things to do for everyone to enjoy. Ka pai! You’ll be able to create cool stuff on our 3D printer and laser printer, have a go on our VR equipment and in our recording studio, bring out your inner artist with art and craft activities, enjoy pop-up Storytimes, make some music and more. Watch this space!

What are Fun Palaces?

Cover of Joan LittlewoodBack in the 1960s, the concept of Fun Palaces was conceived by British theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price. They imagined it as ‘laboratory of fun’ and ‘a university of the streets’. In 2014, expat Kiwi writer, actor, and directory (and more) Stella Duffy and her team made it real - with 138 fun palaces:

Fun Palaces are about creating and making together: they are a space where arts and sciences, fun and learning meet, working alongside and working together.

More Fun Palaces info

Fun Palaces on Twitter

Fun Palaces photos

See our photos of Fun Palaces on Flickr.

Previous Fun Palaces

Fun Palaces 2016

Central Library Peterborough was a Fun Palace from 10am to 2pm on the weekend of Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October. Here's what happened.

Fun Palaces 2015

Fun Palaces came to Christchurch! In the weekend of Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October 2015, we were the first place in the world to get our Fun Palace on!