Fun Palaces

Fun Palaces took place at Central Library Peterborough on the weekend of Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October 2016 from 10am to 2pm.

Whiz! Bang! Pop! - Fun Palaces 2016

A celebration of art, science and creativity, Fun Palaces festival activities are fun, free and suitable for families of all ages. Activities included Fabriko Sticker Fun Palace, Spider Phobia Demonstration, Nao Robots, HTC VIVE virtual reality, MineCraft, Interactive Trampoline Gaming ... Find out more.

Stella Duffy, Co-Director Fun Palaces

We are thrilled to have such a strong Fun Palaces' presence in Aotearoa/New Zealand, thanks to Christchurch community's engagement, involvement and passion. As a New Zealander in London, I have watched in awe at the astonishing regeneration that has taken place in Christchurch, the guts and enthusiasm as people have overcome such tragedy to remake your city, and to take it forwards into a brighter future. This is exactly the spirit of Fun Palaces - resilience, dogged determination to create value no matter what, to enjoy ourselves no matter what, and to support each other as we do so, making a difference in community - together.

We have 135 Fun Palaces on the map, stretching from New Zealand to North America and back to Great Britain, and we love that the sun will rise on Christchurch and the first Fun Palaces this year - kicking off an international weekend of impact for everyday artists, citizen scientists and creative communities. Thank you for saying yes.

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

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Fun Palaces photos

See our photos of Fun Palaces on Flickr.

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!