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.
Fun Palaces is both an ongoing campaign for culture by, for and with all, and also an annual weekend of events, where arts and sciences are a vital catalyst for community engagement and full participation for everyone, from the grassroots up.
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. 2016 film
Cornwall Museums Partnership and FEAST are delighted to be part of the Fun Palaces Ambassadors Programme that is running in five areas around the UK from October 2016 to October 2019. With funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and partnering with Wellcome.