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National ‘Fun Palace’ comes to Flitwick

29 September 2017

An international campaign to make everyone of all ages a creative genius will be coming to Flitwick. On the weekend of 7-8 October 2017, the Flitwick 'fun palace' will be bringing the community together through creative free events that blend arts, science, crafts and technology.

The fun palace manifesto is that "we believe in the genius in everyone, in everyone an artist and everyone a scientist, and that creativity in community can change the world for the better… we can do this together, locally, with radical fun – and that anyone, anywhere, can make a fun palace."

The Flitwick fun palace will be held over two days. The first day will be at Flitwick Library on Saturday 7 October, and the second at the Rufus Centre on Sunday 8 October. On both days the free, fun, activities will run from 10am-3pm. The Flitwick fun palaces will include free activities such as street dance and drama workshops; taster sessions with different instruments (including the new library piano); science-based crafts; interactive song and rhyme sessions; animal experiences and more. An activities programme for each day is available in advance from Flitwick Library or the Rufus Centre. Alternatively, you can just drop in on the day.

Speaking about the Flitwick fun palace, Councillor Ian Dalgarno, our Executive Member for Community Services, said: "Our library buildings and their services now have a much wider reach beyond books: they provide important spaces for community activities and cohesion. We are therefore delighted that this initiative is coming to Flitwick Library: It reinforces the importance, value and relevance of this public library amongst the local community. We hope that residents make the most of this fun chance to find their inner creative genius."

Mayor of Flitwick, Gareth Mackey, said: "I’m really excited to be involved in such a unique event. It’s rare to showcase so many different activities in one place. I’m sure residents will find a plethora of interesting activities to take part in."

The Flitwick fun palace also marks the official launch of the enhanced Flitwick Library service, which has been made possible by our £4 million market town regeneration fund and is managed by Flitwick Town Council. The enhanced library service will include events such as a library piano, a new language café, children’s robotics sessions, children’s coding club and live theatre.

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