Fun Palaces in our libraries

Fun Palace logoLast weekend we hosted several fun palaces in libraries across the city. Many people took part and enjoyed activities from book folding, to making Christmas puddings. Here are some photos of the great time that everyone had.

 

Book Folding (HO)

Book Folding at Horsforth

Stuart Andrew MP visited the Fun Palace at Horsforth and had a go at book folding. He was also impressed with the range of activities on offer. He could have also done some crochet, had advice about laptops and getting on line, viewed and listened to a presentation of Leeds photography or watched a Hoola Hoop skills demonstration.

 

Child feedback (CO)

Great feedback from a young Lego builder

We also received some great feedback from both participants at the Fun Palaces and those that shared their skills. The photography artist that took part said, “it was a well organised event and I enjoyed taking part and thank you for giving me the opportunity to do that.” The Hoola Hoop demonstrator said, “I only moved to Leeds two weeks ago from Canada. This is a fantastic way to bring the community together, I hope it becomes regular.”

 

At the Reginald Centre there were a number of things the community could try. There was opportunities to create artworks with Leeds College of Art Student Ambassadors, practice BMX bike skills with The Works, taste Healthy Turkish food, play table tennis or have a game of chess.

BMX (CP)At Dewsbury Road all of the activities and skills shared were by members of the local community, there was the local allotment in Beeston sharing tips for growing your own vegetables, a local writer Yvonne brought a collection of stories and poems she had written over the years, sharing emotional times in her life and how she overcame them through writing.

Gillian Adams a local lady brought her love of beading to the Fun Palace and showed people of all ages how to create items of jewellery. Hank, a local gentlemen shared monologues he had written in the last year, ‘Poor Person’s Blues’ and ‘Unrequited Love’, he even got on the microphone and performed these for everyone in the Hub.
Fabienne a young aspiring singer provided a lovely performance for everyone while the activities were taking place, she inspired a group of 4-7 year old girls who took inspiration from her and came up and sung Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Wind the Bobbin up on the Mic!

Fun (DE)

All the fun at Dewsbury Road

 

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Fun Palaces at Leeds Libraries

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This year we are delighted to be hosting Fun Palaces in 7 of our libraries.

Fun Palaces is a movement campaigning for culture by, for and with all – with a firm belief that community belongs at the core of all culture – and 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.

Fun Palaces are made by local people for their own communities, bringing together arts and sciences, crafts, tech and digital, free and fun, linked by the the Fun Palace network – Everyone an Artist, Everyone a Scientist. We welcome many more, from everywhere and anywhere, to join us in 2017 and beyond.

We want you to help us create a Fun Palace that is unique and relevant to the community that you live in. Have you got a skill that you can share with others? We would love you to give some time to share that skill at one of our Fun Palaces over the weekend of the 7th and 8th October. Follow the links below to find out more about the venue and contact details.

Community Hub and Library Fun Palaces in Leeds are in the following places:-

Armley One Stop Centre

Compton Centre

Crossgates Library

Dewsbury Road Community Hub

Guiseley Library

Horsforth Community Hub

Reginald Centre

For more information about Fun Palaces in general, visit the Fun Palace website.

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