Cultural Playing Field

Fun Palaces by Robin Simpson
June 19, 2014, 5:46 pm
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On Tuesday afternoon I met the novelist, playwright and performer, Stella Duffy – one of the Co-Directors of the Fun Palaces campaign. In 1961 Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price conceived the Fun Palace as a ‘laboratory of fun’, ‘a university of the streets’. It was to be a temporary and moveable home to the arts and sciences that would welcome children and adults alike, based on Joan Littlewood’s motto of “Everyone an artist, everyone a scientist.” To celebrate Joan Littlewood’s centenary, on 4 & 5 October 2014 there will be hundreds of local, pop-up Fun Palaces across the country, each one based on the needs and wants of that community, made by that community, all part of the national network of Fun Palaces. They will be linked by a website that is a Fun Palace in itself. Stella said “we believe public participation is the key to creating great communities, growing audiences, and developing engagement”. Stella and I talked about how voluntary arts groups might get involved in – or instigate their own – fun palaces. We also discussed the potential for links between Voluntary Arts Week and an annual Fun Palaces weekend each October. For more details, see:

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