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Join in our FREE weekend of Fun Palaces events

Ovalhouse will become a Fun Palace on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 October and YOU are invited!
Ovalhouse’s Fun Palaces weekend is a glorious mix of FREE hands-on fun and theatrical encounters for both big and little people. There’ll be crafts, music, fun and games, theatre, art events, workshops, eating, discussions, chance encounters, dancing, science, improvising, cycling... and you are invited! (and did we mention it's all FREE?!) 

  • From 10.30am - late

Venue: Entire venue

Come along during the daytime and you could join in with Maths on Toast, help choreograph a dance performance, make a badge, write a protest song, or watch a fabulous new family show. In the evenings we’ve brought back some of our favourite theatre productions plus there’s late-night live music and DJs on Saturday night.

Everything is free: you can sign up in advance for some events, or just turn up on the day for most of them.

Artists and organisations contributing include Arch 468, Helen Arney, Rebecca Atkinson-Lord, Jonny Berliner, Box Clever, Hannah Boyde, Daniel Bye, Copa America, Daedalus, Seiriol Davies, Dirty Market, Eri Okan Bloco, fanSHEN, Janine Fletcher, Hyperpotamus, Emma Jones, Kennington People On Bikes, Lab Notes, Lambeth Live Explosion, Matilda Leyser, Carissa Hope Lynch, Jake Orr, Andrew Pontzen, Sarah Punshon, Sophie Samson, Stockwell Good Neighbours, Boogaloo Stu, The Paper Project, TOOT,  Jack Webb, Jamie Wood and Jamie Zubairi​.

Ovalhouse Fun Palace: Saturday 4 Oct Programme

Ovalhouse Fun Palace Sunday 5 Oct Programme


The weekend of Fun Palaces in 2014 is the kick-off, with plans to run the same in 2015, 2016 and beyond. This is not just an event, it is a movement, putting cultural participation and public engagement at the heart, simultaneously and nationally, together – across the UK and beyond.


Watch the Fun Palaces launch video

Read The Guardian feature on Fun Palaces


  • Sat 4 Oct – Sun 5 Oct, 9:00am

In 1961 Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price conceived the Fun Palace as a ‘laboratory of fun’, ‘a university of the streets’. It was to be a temporary and moveable home to the arts and sciences that would welcome children and adults alike, based on Joan Littlewood’s motto of “Everyone an artist, everyone a scientist.”

Fun Palaces 2014 aims to take the best of that never-built 1960s vision and bring it into the 21st century in a weekend of events, locally curated and attended – linked nationally and internationally, virtually and actually. On 4 & 5 October 2014 there will be hundreds of local, pop-up Fun Palaces across the country, each one based on the needs and wants of that community, all part of the national network of Fun Palaces. They will be linked by a website that is a digital Fun Palace and by walks between locations.

Additional information

Illustration by Emily Medley.

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