About Lancaster Fun Palace

Hello, lovely people of Lancaster. We’d like to invite you to advise and suggest, pitch in, and help make our Fun Palace in 2018 even better than the years before.

First, a bit of background — if you already know this stuff, you can always skip down to Get Involved in Lancaster Fun Palace 2018. Or use the contact form to get in touch.

Children and adults learning Music at Lancaster Fun Palace

What is a Fun Palace?

It’s an international grassroots movement for fun. No, really. Fun Palaces are community organised free festivals, where instead of hiring people to come and do fun things for us we ask each other to share the awesome and fascinating things we’re already doing. From archeology to arduino, bowling to bossa nova, crochet to compost heaps, if you’re interested in it, it can be part of the Fun Palace.

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.

That’s the manifesto from the Fun Palace website, a hub for the Fun Palace network. There’s more information there, but each Fun Palace is locally organised and has its own character, so the best way to find out about ours is to ask us.

Who organises Lancaster Fun Palace?

A small group of Lancaster-based volunteers, in our spare time. Because Lancaster Central Library is where the Fun Palace takes place, these include Friends of the Lancaster Library and Library staff.

There’s nothing special about us, we just heard about the Fun Palace movement and thought Lancaster should have one. To be perfectly honest there aren’t enough of us, so if you’d like to help, we’d love to have you. You’ll find us on Twitter, and on Facebook.

You can email us at lancasterfp@gmail.com.

Some organisations help, and many volunteer groups, clubs, and societies, but many people hosting Fun Palace events are just individual Lancastrians.

When is it?

The Fun Palace weekend is on the 6th & 7th October at Lancaster Central Library and other Lancaster venues.

Get Involved in Lancaster Fun Palace 2018

Spread the word

Tell people about the event. Send them this post, talk to them, show our videos, suggest they hold a talk or teach a workshop on that clever lovely thing they do.

Bring your ideas

We want Lancaster Fun Palace 2018 to be what you want it to be. Please suggest things!

If you’re involved with a community group or charity, maybe they’d like to host an event? Put us in touch.

Organise an event

People to organise events: Performances, public experiments, demonstrations, workshops, lectures — if you love doing it and can share it, we want it.

Especially happy to get:

  • Interactive activities
  • Things that are geared towards adults
  • Things that are organised by children and young people
  • Events by and for marginalised groups
  • Science and technology events

We probably can’t pay you, but we can often cover any expenses. Fun Palaces are free, and though we do seek donations, we don’t get much. Some years we have received a little bit of funding, but we have always had to make a little stretch a long way.

Fundraising help

We are a tiny group of volunteers and fundraising isn’t our forte. If we can raise more money, we can offer more events, and pay people.

Help to make it more inclusive

Fun Palaces are radically inclusive — they are for absolutely everybody. Share the idea with absolutely everybody. Our Fun Palace is wheelchair accessible and also our meetings, but we would love to make them even more open.

  • Who are we excluding?
  • Can you help us include them?
  • Maybe you could volunteer to interpret BSL, or any other language?
  • Or something else we haven’t thought of?

Do please let us know.

Organising help

Did we mention we’re a tiny group of volunteers? If you have admin skills and spare time, we could use your help.

Everyone an artist, everyone a scientist. October 6th & 7th 2018. A free, friendly, grassroots festival of arts and sciences for and by the city of Lancaster.