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Grange Big Local Fun Palace


October 2019


Each year we hold a festival, partly to bring the community together, partly to show off local talent and partly to get more people involved with Grange Big Local!


Our festival in 2019 was a Fun Palace – part of a national programme that’s all about volunteering to share your talents with the community.


We invited local people and organisations with a talent or a passion to share to volunteer their time to be part of the day. The particpants included residents and organisations that had been part of our grants programme this summer. It was a brilliant day - thanks to everyone who took part or attended.


Information on the Fun Palace website










More about Fun Palaces



Fun Palaces are all about putting culture in the heart of local communities - about people sharing their passions and talents with their neighbours, but the easiest way to understand them is through their guidelines:


1.Anyone can hold a Fun Palace, anywhere, on any scale.

2.Fun Palaces are free. There are no charges for activities and nobody selling anything. OK, we might sell food, but you are welcome to bring your own, and we give away tea, coffee and biscuits. You can come along without a penny in your pocket and take part in everything.

3.Culture is whatever people want to learn and whatever people want to share. So, in the past we have had cognitive neuroscience and bubble-blowing; watercolour painting and nail painting; calligraphy in Farsi and Gujarati and circus skills. The people running activities are your neighbours, your local businesses, and local charities.

4.Fun Palaces are about having a go, learning something new and being inspired. If your neighbours can do it, so can you.

5.Fun Palaces are for everyone, all ages and abilities. And they are local, radical and fun.






Films of past GBL Fun Palaces 


























The 2019 GBL Fun Palace has been supported by the PPL PRS charity and community discount scheme. PPL PRS licenses the use of copyright music across the UK, giving businesses and organisations the permission they need to play the music they want.


For more information about PPL PRS, visit or call 0800 0720 808


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