Exeter Library gears up for a weekend of action with the Fun Palace 2018    

Exeter Library is gearing up for an action-packed weekend full of fun and frolics, with their annual Fun Palace celebrations, taking place on 6th and 7th October 2018.

Fun Palaces promote community at the heart of culture and culture at the heart of community, through an annual weekend of action created by, for and with local people. Combining arts, craft, science, tech, digital, heritage and sports activities to bring people and communities together. The events and activities are led by local people for local people, sharing their own passions and skills, as a catalyst for community-led transformation, with active participation for all ages.

Exeter Library is hosting its third annual Fun Palace this year and organisers have pulled out all the stops. Exeter based printmaking experts, Double Elephant will be running Letterpress workshops in the Children’s Library from 9-12noon on Saturday 6th inviting visitors to create their very own library or book inspired posters.

Exeter Library gears up for a weekend of action with Fun Palaces 2018    

FabLab Devon, located within Exeter Library will be hosting a drop-in laser cutting session and Urban Sketchers Devon will take up residence in the library foyer from 10am – 1pm on the 6th for visitors to join in, encouraging them to tell stories through drawings, inspired by their surroundings, places, and travel.

Fun Palaces visitors can join WEA Adult Learning Within Reach and learn about the history and tradition of Mandalas and contribute to a piece of community piece art. This session provides the opportunity to create individual mandalas to take home.

The fun continues on Sunday 7th with the Go On Do Us A Turn family workshop with Rhys Slade-Jones. Children will be encouraged to create a performance on their own terms, whether it a moving ballad, a ballet performance or simply the star of their own show, the library is their stage. Adults will love watching their littles ones and a chance to remember what they’ve forgotten.

Rachel Gee, Libraries Unlimited Service Development Manager said:

We love everything about Fun Palaces at Libraries Unlimited, not only do they bring people together, but they help communities to make positive change, share new skills and give everyone access to culture, art, science, technology and much more.

Since 2014 a total of 934 Fun Palaces across the world have been made by 24,000 people (‘Makers’) with 340,000 taking part. 2018 marks the fifth Fun Palace weekend and is set to be the biggest weekend yet.

Get along and show your support!

A full list of timings and other events can be found on at devonlibraries.org.uk or by visiting the Fun Palaces website here.

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