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On October 4th & 5th we ran a Fun Palace at The Torriano Meeting House in Kentish Town as part of the nationwide Fun Palaces weekend>>>

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Our Fun Palace had a theme – The Universe – giving us a lot of space in which to have fun. We tried to keep the weekend as spontaneous as possible, allowing the activities to be directed by those attending…

It was important to have tea…lots of tea…
Many people brought along food to share, there was a small mountain of Falafal…
We had a robot…
We talked about the size of the observable universe, the speed of light, prime numbers…people shared what they thought…
We wanted to try and make some simple telescopes…and we succeeded
It felt important that we should have bunting…we made a lot of bunting
We shared poetry…
We read a verse play about Karl Marx on both saturday and sunday…
We made a mobile with willow sticks and transparent baubles…we placed things inside…pictures, poems, even cake…
We shared the biggest jar of pickles anyone had ever seen…
There was a lot of singing, in English, French, Hungarian, Arabic…
We looked at the moon through our bely made scope…
We had spontaneous Gershwin played quite beautifully by a young visitor on an old piano…
We saw the original plans for the Fun Palace by Cedric Price…
We heard about the geology of the Shatt al Arab…
We drew pictures, freehand and with a ‘swingograph’…
We has visitors who had been to other Fun Palaces and shared their experiences…
We tried to prove that you can fold a piece of paper in half more than eight times, but couldn’t (and we looked at the maths associated with this)…

Above all we had fun.

We created plans for a time machine and an autonomous robot with Odin & Xavier.

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Everyone left thoughts on the walls:

‘Caleb was here’

‘I saw the moon…’

‘We danced! We got mathematical, marvelled over telescopes, pictures, made bunting, and were inspired by this place of fun…thank you!!’

‘What a lovely afternoon. Poems, stories AND ‘The Rocky Road to Dublin’. What a treat!’

‘Lyra decorated the telescope!’

‘Colouring in. We all like it a lot, but we all stop colouring in once we leave little school’

‘We made telescopes! Lovely poems, readings, and songs.’

‘Reminded me of Action Space…Joan must have inspired them.’

‘A very pleasurable and unexpected afternoon!!’

‘I had a lovely time here…and don’t want to go!’

‘If anyone has a pair of gloves, I’ll make a puppet!’

There will be more (including pictures) on this page soon!

We would like to thank those friends and associates who made the weekend work: Agnes Hay, Anthony Best, Arkady, Emily Johns, Caroline Lena Olsson, Chris, Chris Tranchell, Dan Kennedy (and Lucy the dog), Ellie Cockerill, Gary Merry, Hydla Sims, John, Kathryn Hamilton-Hall, Kumiko Mendl, Penelope Dimond, Professor Marion Roberts, Nia Davies, Roy Lockett, Dr Salih Ibrhim, Sue Johns, The Unknown Pianist, and all those who came and had fun.