FUN Palaces: they’re a right royal way to unite the community in a celebration of the arts and sciences – a university of the streets with no entrance exam.
On Saturday, October 7, Tameside will again be taking part in this international initiative. It promises to be a fun-packed day of arts, culture and science provided by the community for the community, and all for free.
Last year’s event was an outstanding success with almost 2,500 people attending in only five hours. The intention is to make 2017 bigger and better. So if you’re a Tameside group interested in getting involved in activities for all ages, we would like to hear from you. Join us at Tameside Central Library, Old Street, Ashton, on Tuesday, 25 April, between 6 and 7pm. Let us know you’re coming by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need some inspiration, watch this video www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSa8A9C2W-k
We’re looking for a wide range of activities. If your group can offer photography, music, visual arts, knitting, crochet, sign-language, conservation, local history, storytelling, digital or associated skills please get in touch.
In 2016, 292 Fun Palaces were created in nine countries, mostly in libraries, and 125,000 people joined in. They were made by people in their own communities, all adhering to 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.”
Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council’s lead on culture, said: “This is a fabulous example of the idea of lifelong learning: crossing the arts and sciences in a mix involving quality cultural engagement with our communities. This project links the arts elements of creativity and fun with the fascinating sphere of applied science in a worldwide project which we, in Tameside, are very pleased and proud to be part.
“The introduction of the ex-services element is particularly appropriate as we are doing so much to develop our ex-services residents and their families as part of our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant. The work on this brings service and post-military skills to bear in another innovative way.”
Fun Palaces in Tameside is a partnership event led by Tameside Libraries and Tameside Cultural Services in conjunction with the Tameside Armed Services Community.
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