Next month, Derry –Londonderry will host its first ever Fun Palace where everyone’s an artist and everyone’s a scientist.
The event will be held within the beautiful surroundings of the Craft Village and is the only Fun Palace event to take place in Northern Ireland this year.
Fun Palace was conceived in the early 1960 by Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price as a ‘laboratory of fun’ and ‘a university of the streets’, with a temporary and movable home to the arts and sciences, open and welcoming to all who wish to exhibit and perform.
However for various reasons, the idea took many years to come to fruition but now in 2016 the Fun Palace festival takes place throughout the world. This year will be the biggest festival to date as 150 Fun Palaces will pop up in derelict buildings, empty spaces, and in our case Derry’s very own Craft Village on the 1st and 2nd of October.
#DERRYcreatives, a local Arts group who are committed on promoting arts and culture, are responsible for bringing Fun Palaces to the city and this will be the group’s first organised event since forming in June of this year.
The un-funded, open-source, collaborative group was set up to bring the creative folk of Derry together to showcase their talents to the world. With support from Voluntary Arts Ireland, Brand NI, and Ulster Bank, the local group have been able to meet and set in motion monthly actions to achieve, create and collaborate in order to grow Derry’s creative opportunities.
Local artist Aislinn Cassidy who will be exhibiting at the event believes that Fun Palaces provide a fantastic platform for artists like herself. "Fun Palaces is an arts and science event for local people by local people. Its focus is on community participation and engagement with artists and scientists in their local area. As an emerging local artist whose work lies on the intersection of Science and Art, this event is a great opportunity and the perfect platform for me to share my work, communicate its meaning to others, and hopefully inspire budding artists and scientists, young and old" she said.
Kevin Murphy, Chief Officer Voluntary Arts Ireland said: 'We're delighted to be supporting Derry's first Fun Palace and the #DERRYcreatives group. From a standing start in June local creatives have come together and with a bit of excitement, vision and common purpose are beginning to transform things building on Derry's reputation as a city of culture.'
There is a packed programme of events spanning two days consisting of Art Exhibitions, Busking, Dance, a No Drama Corner, Book Readings, Comic Book Art, Interactive Gaming, Science, and Workshops. If you would like to get involved in this years event there is still time as the deadline for submissions is Monday 19th September. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fun Palaces: Everyone an Artist, Everyone a Scientist – The Craft Village, Derry-Londonderry. Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd October 2016, 1-5pm.