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Fun Palace project becomes a reality through Essex Libraries

23 September 2016

Libraries across Essex are set to become Fun Palaces this autumn.

Conceived in the 1960’s by theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price, the Fun Palace was to be a building dedicated to the arts and sciences, a space where people could learn and have fun at the same time.

While the building never materialised, fast forward 55 years and the idea is going strong through the Fun Palace campaign, a project aiming to put culture at the heart of community, with an annual weekend of arts and science events created by, for and with local people.

This year for the first time a number of Essex libraries will become Fun Palaces on Saturday 1st October.

Chelmsford Library will be transformed with a range of art-based and cultural activities for children and adults.

The event will feature painting, drama, games, poetry and storytelling for children of all ages. There will be live stage performers and a chance for visitors to join in with group singing.

There is also adult colouring, a writers workshop, photography workshop sessions, a model railway exhibition and even Team Kinetix, the record-breaking Parkour Team performing in the library.

The event will run on Saturday 1st October from 10.30 – 16.30 and Sunday 2nd October from 13.00 – 16.00.

For more information contact Chelmsford Library on 01245 492758 or email

Cllr Anne Brown, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Libraries at Essex County Council said: “The Fun Palace concept is all about bringing together arts and science into a space that everyone can easily access, and libraries are the perfect place.

“The Fun Palace weekend is a great opportunity for local libraries to work with local people to share and learn new skills, get to know each other and most importantly have fun.”

For more information on the Fun Palace movement visit