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Trestle Theatre’s FUN PALACE 2016


Sunday 2 October, 2pm – 5pm

Everyone an Artist, Everyone a Scientist

Trestle Arts Base will open its doors as a Fun Palace from 2-5pm on Sunday 2th October. Local schools, volunteers and artists will come together to celebrate some of Hertfordshire’s women of arts and science at the 2016 Fun Palace.

Join in art, science and drama activities and find out more about:

  • Bug hunter, entomologist and first Edinburgh University lecturer Eleanor Ormerod
  • Enid Blyton’s Famous Five illustrator Eileen Soper, only 15 when she exhibited at the Royal Academy as the youngest artist ever
  • Archaeologist Tessa Verney Wheeler who excavated Roman Verulamium
  • Groundbreaking war artist Lucy Kemp-Welch
  • Animator Joy Batchelor
  • First midwifery inspector E. Margaret Burnside
  • Learn about the science of parachuting, as Edwardian ballooning parachutist Dolly Shepherd is brought to life

Explore Trestle grounds with bug hunter Eleanor… Draw adventures as if you were one of the Famous Five… Dig for Roman remains… Imagine how you would parachute before the aeroplane was invented…

Drama games, science experiments, dressing up, café and music…

As Article 27.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says :

“Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.”

In the early 1960s, Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price conceived the Fun Palace as a ‘laboratory of fun’ and ‘a university of the streets’. It was to be a temporary and movable home to the arts and sciences, open and welcoming to all. For many reasons it wasn’t possible in 1961 and the Fun Palace never came to fruition as a building. The idea however, of a space welcoming and open to all, bringing arts and sciences together, where everyone is an artist and everyone a scientist, remained a GREAT idea.

Co-Director Stella Duffy has written a blog post about the leap from the 1960s idea to now, and explaining how the campaign got going.

Fun Palaces is both an ongoing campaign for culture by, for and with all, and also an annual weekend of events, where arts and sciences are a vital catalyst for community engagement and full participation for everyone, form the grassroots up.

Over the first weekends in October 2014 and October 2015 there were 280 Fun Palaces, made by 5262 Fun Palaces Makers, across 11 nations, with 90,000 people taking part. Fun Palaces are made by local people for their own communities, bringing together arts and sciences, 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 2016 and beyond.

Check out the 2014 page here, or have a look at the 2014 film. And here’s the 2015 film where we ask Fun Palaces Makers what it is like to create a Fun Palace with their own community.

Trestle Fun Palace will be a fantastic opportunity for young people in the local area to come together and take part in the event or just hang out and watch the fun. You can just turn up, it’s free! Our cafe will also be open to buy drinks and snacks.

 “Choose what you want to do – or watch someone else doing it… Dance, talk or be lifted up to where you can see how other people make things work. Sit out over space with a drink and tune in to what’s happening elsewhere in the city. Try starting a riot or beginning a painting – or just lie back and stare at the sky.” – (Joan Littlewood & Cedric Price)|