ORGANISATIONS across the country took part in a national campaign aimed at putting culture at the heart of communities and communities at the heart of culture.
The event sees buildings and organisations turned into so-called ‘Fun Palaces’ for the day with lots of different free activities which allowed visitors to try out activities as diverse as make up lessons to Chinese calligraphy.
Since 2014 a total of 1367 ‘Fun Palaces’ have been held with over 450,000 people taking part. This was the second year that LiveWire’s Community Librarian Team has held a ‘Fun Palace’ event – following a successful one at Padgate Library in 2018.
Over 750 people came through the doors on Saturday October 5 at the newly-revamped Warrington Museum & Library on the day, joining in the ‘Fun Palace’ creativity, which included activities like children’s yoga, flower arranging, Chinese calligraphy, storytelling, poetry reading, family craft activities, signing choir, wildlife drawing, make-up demonstrations, DJ workshops and so much more.
She said: “Visiting last weekend was a revelation. Working with library staff, the local community had made the library their own, bringing their own brand of creativity and culture to every nook and cranny. From Chinese calligraphy to a signing choir and a 12 year old girl teaching make up, the building was alive with people, conversation and unexpected moments.
“It is all about people coming together to share their skills and passions, to learn from each other, to do what they do, to do something different than they do and to have fun. All libraries have a commitment to access and pushing the boundaries of how libraries can be used – making a Fun Palace at the library was an opportunity to shine a light on Warrington and kick-start collaborations and conversations for the future.”
Wendy Molyneux, Strategic Library Manager for LiveWire, said: “It proved to be an amazing day for everyone who took part – either as a ‘maker’ or as a participant. Warrington Museum and Library was a hive of activity on the day and we were proud to be part of ‘Fun Palaces’, which is a fantastic way to celebrate the enormous creativity and talent of local people and communities.
“This is an international celebration and we will definitely be taking part again next year. Already we have requests from people wanting to join in and be a ‘maker’ in 2020 so our next ‘Fun Palace’ will be even bigger and better. Please keep the weekend October 3 and 4 free and join us for more fun next year!”
For more information on the wealth of events and activities being held at LiveWire libraries please visit www.livewirewarrington.co.uk/libraries. Don’t forget Warrington Museum & Library is now open on Sundays from 11.00am to 3.00pm under the revamped opening hours.
For more information on ‘Fun Palace’ visit www.funpalaces.co.uk