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Community event promises a fun chance to learn something new!

Published on Friday, 22nd September 2017 in Council news news

People from across Rotherham are being invited to learn something new and have fun as Riverside Library hosts the borough’s first ever “Fun Palace.”

Fun Palaces is an ongoing national campaign for culture at the heart of every community which culminates in an annual weekend of action – arts, science, craft and tech events run by and for local communities.

With the motto “Everyone an artist and everyone a scientist” the aim is to encourage local people to join in and learn something new – whether it’s knitting or coding!

Rotherham’s first Fun Palace will take place at Riverside House on Saturday 7 October, between 10am and 3pm. Activities will include music in the café area, stories and creative activities for children in the children’s library, digital photography and coding sessions,  crafting demonstrations and workshops in other areas of the library.

Local groups including Rotherham African Drummers, ROAR, Rotherham Music Service, Open Minds Theatre Company and Knit and Natter will be taking part in the “community led” event.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Working and Cultural Services, Cllr Taiba Yasseen, said that she was delighted to see Rotherham taking part in the Fun Palaces initiative.

“This is an exciting national movement which aims to get the community involved in events that are free, local, innovative and engaging,” said Cllr Yasseen.

“This is a first for us in Rotherham but we’ve already seen a lot of enthusiasm from local community and art groups, so I’d encourage everyone to come along, see what’s on offer and have a go at something new!”

Members of the public can drop in at any time throughout the event to join in the workshops; there is no need to book. There are activities for both adults and children.

Find out more about Fun Palaces

Contact the Library for more information

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