Thu 25 Sep 2014

On Saturday 4 October, Curve theatre, Leicester Print Workshop, and Phoenix are coming together to form part of Fun Palaces 2014, a free, nationwide celebration of arts, culture and sciences taking place during the first weekend in October.

Marking the 100th birthday of Joan Littlewood, one of the Twentieth Century’s most significant cultural innovators, Fun Palaces 2014 brings to life the vision she created with Cedric Price for spaces linking arts and sciences, entertainment and education, a campaign of culture at the heart of all of human life.

Fun Palaces, created in partnership with the Albany, Deptford, brings together over 100 Fun Palace Makers, including Joan’s own theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East and now Leicester’s Curve and Phoenix, in one of the most ambitious creative collaborations the UK has ever seen.

“We were inspired to create our own Leicester Fun Palace and are looking forward to working with Phoenix to create an experimental coming together of arts and science in the form of a print workshop using conductive ink.  The activity will be a drop in so people are encouraged to come to the Phoenix on Midland Street between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 4 October to have a go at creating a collaborative wall of printed words that are sensitive to touch.  This special ink and technology is new for us as well as for everyone who comes along so it will be a learning curve for everyone!” Lucy Phillips, Director, Leicester Print Workshop.

“We’re really excited to be working with Leicester Print Workshop as part of Fun Palaces. Our workshop lets you create traditional prints and turn them into amazing interactive artworks. We’ll be using special ‘conductive’ ink and the wonderful Ototo musical invention kits from Dentaku to show how art and technology can combine to create brilliant creative learning experiences for children and adults alike.” Chris Tyrer, Digital Art Manager, Phoenix

At Curve, visitors can experience live music from some of Leicestershire best up and coming young bands with Next Wave, take part in a drop in Graffiti session and experiment with different urban street-art styles. There is also an interactive soundtrack session where visitors can explore the technology behind sampling and looping to help create a soundtrack for a puppetry workshop where children of all ages try create their own Shadow Beast.

Suba Das, Curve’s Associate Director added:

“Fun Palaces is a celebration of all forms of art and science; we’re excited to be involved in this national event and welcome visitors into our incredible building to take part in free drop-in workshops to discover a mix of new music, puppetry and graphic art – some of which has not been seen before at Curve.”

For more information on Fun Palaces visit