Ready for another Fun Palace?

The Craft Village, Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th October


At the launch of Fun Palaces 2017, Operations Lead Alison Morris, musician and presenter Ruth McPhillips, Oisín Magee from The East Street Pickings, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Maolíosa McHugh, Derry Live List’s Gary Hegarty, Fireworks DDTA Artistic Director Nadine Hegarty and Alba Flamenco dancer Tina McCauley. Photo taken by Lawrence Cooke, The Photographers Studio.

Fun Palaces, the annual free nationwide celebration of arts and science will returns on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October for yet more family fun.

The Craft Village will welcome back the weekend celebration, where everyone’s an artist and everyone’s a scientist.

Fun Palaces 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 the event did not come to fruition in 1961 but the idea remained and now, in 2017, the Fun Palaces festival takes place throughout the UK and Ireland. The festival has grown year on year, with 2017 expected to be the biggest festival to date.

Fun Palaces is a movement promoting community at the heart of culture, filled with arts and science action created by, for and with local people.

#DERRYcreatives, a local Arts group who are committed on promoting arts and culture, are the people behind bringing Fun Palaces to the city and the event is being produced by a host of dedicated volunteers.

Kevin Murphy, Chief Officer Voluntary Arts Ireland said: “It is great to see the return of Fun Palaces to Derry and we are delighted to be supporting it and the #DERRYcreatives group. 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.”

Operations Lead Alison Morris said: “We are excited for this years Fun Palaces, there will be something for everyone. This is a community led, family friendly, free event and the Craft Village setting is perfect to showcase the eclectic mix of science and art that Derry has to offer.”

Gary Hegarty, Content Editor of Derry Live List said: “Fun Palaces is a free event for all the family, produced and performed by a host of local volunteers, showcasing the best in local talent and we are proud to be supporting it.

Fun Palaces epitomises what’s great about Derry. From live music to dance, from art to workshops, this great event highlights the fantastic culture our city oozes, and all provided to the public for free through the generosity of those involved.”

The upcoming schedule for the local event is starting to shape and consists of live music, art exhibitions, dance, drama, and workshops however there are still opportunities available for other creatives to get involved. More information can be received by contacting, or drop us a message via our Facebook page,


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