Fun Palaces in Darlington

Posted on Saturday 23 August

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 21.13.25Everyone gets to be an artist and a scientist in Darlington this autumn. Linking in with other Fun Palaces across the UK and beyond, there will be a fun fair of arts activities, an arts assault course and loads of fun things to get involved in, absolutely free of charge.
If you are an artist (professional, or keen amateur) and would like to be involved in running an interactive arts activity on Saturday 4 October in the town centre, email Sarah on [email protected] – the more the merrier.


“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 movable home to the arts and sciences that would welcome children and adults alike. This wasn’t possible in 1961; it’s very possible now.

We aim to take the best of that never-built 1960s vision and bring it into the 21st century in a weekend of events, locally curated and attended – linked nationally and internationally, virtually and actually. 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, all part of the national network of Fun Palaces. They will be linked by the digital Fun Palace website and by walks between locations.

The weekend of Fun Palaces in 2014 is the kick-off. We will run the same in 2015, 2016 and beyond. This is not just an event, it is a movement, putting cultural participation and public engagement at the heart, simultaneously and nationally, together – across the UK and beyond. Many of us are already working with public engagement and participation – none of us are doing it at the same time, and nationwide.

We believe public participation is the key to creating great communities, growing audiences, and developing engagement. By digitally linking all of our Fun Palaces, we can encourage dialogue between the local and the national, the individual and the establishment. And – because we’re celebrating arts, technology, sciences and everyday culture – they will be FUN. It’s in the name.”