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  • A woman and a child make a castle out of cardboard at a family event
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  • A Lindy Hop performance in The Borough Hall with crowds watching at the sides
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  • Lots of people getting involved in a Lindy Hop taster session, with Temujin Gill in the middle
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  • A child makes a robot out of cardboard at a family event
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  • A group of people learn how to knit for the first time in a cozy corner of the hall
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More than 500 people came to our Borough Hall Fun Palace!

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Greenwich Dance welcomed hundreds of families through their doors on Saturday 1 October, as they hosted a free day of activities and workshops as part of the UK-wide Fun Palaces initiative.

"Wonderful vibe, and mixing of the community that doesn't happen anywhere else. Great stuff!" Fun Palace guest

"I thought it was great to see the children getting involved with knitting and creating things with cardboard boxes" Fun Palace guest

"We met a lot of new people and the staff are lovely. Definitely come here again" Fun Palace guest

Now in its third year, Fun Palaces 2016 is a nationwide celebration of arts, culture and sciences, bringing to life the vision of Joan Littlewood, one of the 20th century’s most significant cultural innovators.

More than 500 visitors came along on the day, and enjoyed a series of dance workshops and performances, creative arts and crafts for the family, and an exciting finale with 1920s-style lindy hop dancing.

Dozens of children also took part in this year’s cardboard challenge, coming together to build castles, cars, or even robots out of cardboard and other recyclable materials.

Amanda Davey, Executive Director of Greenwich Dance, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that so many people were able to join us for a fun day on Saturday. Greenwich Dance has always been a place where the community can gather together and have fun – and that’s why we were thrilled to be hosting a Fun Palace for the third time.

“Fun Palaces are an opportunity for the whole community to come together, with a variety of activities suggested and presented by our neighbours and friends from the local community. – and we hope that everyone who joined us on the day had a great time!”

For more information about Fun Palaces, visit funpalaces.co.uk.