Despite the early-morning drizzle, Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon was transformed into a riot of colour as local people, performers and scientists created this year’s local Fun Palace. Six enthusiastic Science Ambassadors from Our Lady of Mount Carmel First School, Redditch organised The Ogden Trust stall and engaged passers-by in making Rocket Mice. The many positive comments from participants highlighted the confidence and capability of the young scientists, who were excited to have the opportunity to show-off their talents.
Charles Thompson, one of the science ambassadors from Mount Carmel said, “it was great talking to children from other schools about science. We explained to the children how to do the Rocket Mice activity and how gravity works.”
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.
Fun Palaces is a movement that brings arts and sciences together, campaigning for culture by, for and with all – with a firm belief that community belongs at the core of all culture. The Fun Palace co-ordinates an annual weekend of events, where arts, crafts, science, tech and digital are a catalyst for community engagement and full participation for everyone, from the grassroots up.
In 2017, there were 362 Fun Palaces, led by approximately 6,000 local people, with an estimated 175,000 people taking part.
For more information or to register for 2018 visit @FunPalaces http://funpalaces.co.uk/