Fun Palaces are Back

Date Released - 15/09/2017

WHEN it comes to Fun Palaces, community is king. The doors are open to all, making them a right royal way to bring together the community in a celebration of the arts and sciences.

On Saturday, October 7, Tameside will be taking part in this free international celebration.  It promises to be a fun-packed day of arts, science, crafts and tech – a university of the streets with no entrance exam.

Confirmed activities include: climbing wall, archery, face-painting, brass band, circus activities, balloon modelling, kite making, Bollywood dance and model vehicles.

Tameside Libraries Fun Palaces is a partnership event led by Tameside Libraries and Tameside Cultural Services in conjunction with the Tameside Armed Services Community.

Based on an idea from theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price, the first Fun Palaces took place in 2014 when 138 venues, locations, communities and groups created their own celebrations.

Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council’s executive member for culture, said: “The great thing about fun palaces is that there are no guards at the gates. It’s open-house for everyone to come in and take part.”

Last year’s Tameside event was an outstanding success with almost 2,500 people attending in only five hours. The intention is to make 2017 bigger and better.  You can see how our day went last year here

Nationwide, approximately 40,000 people participated, while tens of thousands more engaged online. By 2016, there were 292 Fun Palaces across the world with 124,000 taking part.

Fun Palaces create events that bring together arts and sciences – but above all people – to work together, create together, have FUN together, and in doing so, build our own communities, from the grassroots up.


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