"Everyone is an artist, everyone is a scientist"
The moto of Fun Palaces mirrors my gloriously mixed career path. As a facilitator, theatre-maker and science communicator I have engaged communities across Scotland and abroad. When I was introduced to the concept of creating a free community event celebrating art and science for my local community it felt right for me to make my own event under the Fun Palaces UK banner.
Inspired by other Fun Palace makers in Edinburgh I created a miniature festival in just three weeks. Turning Tech Cube, Summerhall place into an indoor woodland and filling it with art and science activites for families. Even with a limited capacity we had families queuing (and waiting patiently, thank you) out the door. Over three hundred members of the community came to take part. The Story Glen offered poetry, animal stories, music therapy and a science ceilidh workshop. Across from the Glen families could; make their own Lush bath bombs, help Heriot Watt map the grey squirrel population with their craft skills, make masks with the Ecology Centre, Find out about fossils with the Cockburn Geology Museum, perfect pocket puppets with the Festival Theatre, play in the shadow forest or chill over colouring-in with illustrations from artist Gemma Valentine.
This year the festival will be bigger than ever. Spanning two days, in a larger venue and more content than ever before. On the 1st and 2nd of October 2016 the Curiosity Forest will open its doors once more to let families inside the outside; celebrating art, science and culture. If you would like to be involved running one of the activities, have an idea for a story-session or other creative element then get in touch.