The Bones of Paine Fun Palace
Following the success of our previous two Fun Palaces, we were delighted to be hosting this years event on Sunday 6th of October for our third run of this great community-driven event that aims to bring people of all ages together to create, make and explore.
Last year we based our Fun Palace around creating excitements in the build-up towards Halloween, which proved to be a great hit with everyone.
Friends, families and people from around Salford and Manchester gathered at our Salford arts hub, Cobden Works, for a relaxed day of activities including a spook-tacular dance workshop with our giant ‘Skelly bobs’ puppets and badge making classes with the Salford Victorian Theatre Trust. Our fascinating Bones of Paine puppet made an appearance and brought to life the local story of radical writer Thomas Paine to life with the Working Class Movement Library, Fun Palace goers got involved with a flag making session, span the pumpkin tombola as part of the Veg Show and also learnt about polluted rivers from the National Trust. We rounded of the day with a well deserved pizza feast for all from our outdoor stone baked pizza oven.
Fun Palaces is a national initiative designed to put community at the heart of culture, and the reason why it has captured our imagination is that it provides a fantastic opportunity to open our doors to our neighbours and to share in the creative energy and ideas that come from our Cobden Works home.