Fun Palaces 2018

Children at the Fun Palace.

Story and photo by Abdul Hunnan

Fun Palaces are a campaign promoting community at the heart of the culture, with an annual weekend of action created by, for and with local people.

This year it was held all over the UK on the 6th and 7th October. The Pitsmoor Adventure Playground Fun Palaces was on 6th October. It was a wonderful occasion, with people from different social and cultural backgrounds and communities attending.

Asmaa Chaudhry ran a friendly workshop mixing practical activities and a demonstration of teaching skills of henna pattern making.

Asmaa told us:

“Fun Palaces is a brilliant and amazing idea to bring the community together and for people to spread and share their skills under one roof. Each of us has unique talents but with a little creativity you will find lots of ways to change people’s lives with love. Believe it or not, the hours you spend to help others in your community are better than sitting and chatting on social media. There is still so much in the world. This is what I’ve learnt from my existence in the world – if I can give help to one person, I do it”.

Currently, Asmaa is running a women’s empowerment group on Thursdays 12 noon till 1.30pm at Burngreave Library. She is helping others to improve their wellbeing and providing a safe place for women to learn new skills and meet new people. She is making the next Fun Palaces event, and artists in any field can contact her at, or calling 07448 787 776.

Children at the Fun Palace.