The idea of Fun Palaces was born in 1961. The concept was to build a space in which art and science projects could be presented to an audience comprised of creators, practioners, players, but also neighbours of all ages. Unfortunately this place was never built… Until October 2014! 138 ephemeral Fun Palaces flourished across the UK and beyond during one week-end: created by local people, artists, non-artists, scientists and science enthusiast who decided to work together as a community. These different Fun Palaces received more than 40,000 visitors in one week-end.
Fun Palaces has now become an ongoing campaign for the true democratization of culture. On the 2nd and 3rd of October 2015, more than 120 Fun Palaces will be opened across the UK, but also in New Zealand, Australia, America and Canada. Each Fun Palace is created with the help of locals: this involvement of individuals stimulates communities engaged in creation and culture.
One of the fundamental ideas behind the concept of Fun Palaces, is that everyone is an expert or a genius of some sort. The idea is to approach the sharing of different types of knowledge in a playful way.
CAE supports this type of grass-roots initiatives that involves local communities and encourages the democratization of culture.
If you want to learn more about Fun Palaces, do not hesitate to check out the following website: www.funpalaces.co.uk/about
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