Sadler’s Wells Fun Palace 2019

5 October 2019

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Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R


Following the success of our first Fun Palace last year, we are delighted to be opening our doors once again for this year’s national festivity promoting culture at the heart of community.

Sadler’s Wells’ Fun Palace is an opportunity for people to come together, be creative and enjoy dance. Working with our community partners, we are celebrating dance and wellbeing with a range of activities taking place throughout the building. Join us for an afternoon of free and fun activities for all!

A list of the day’s activities is below.


Second Circle – Let's Learn

Men's Social Club at Holloway Neighbourhood Group

Sharpen up your game-playing skills and join the Men’s Social Club Holloway Neighbourhood Group as they teach you how to play darts, dominos and chess in a friendly atmosphere that welcomes all. Group facilitator Sahir is there to answer any questions and tell you more about counselling, mental health and the group's mission.


First Circle– Let's Chill

Family Fridays present Dada Masilo

Join our Family Fridays' team as we take you through the steps of a special South African-inspired workshop for 2 to 4-year-olds and their carers.

Daisy Chain Massage

Ever wanted to learn how to give a good shoulder rub? Islington-based group The Stress Project will show you how. All are welcome to join the circle as you massage the person in front of you and receive one, learning a new life skill in the process!

Colour Positivity
Create a stained-glass masterpiece and at the same time leave a happy message for the next person and tell us how you feel about Sadler's Wells.

African Stories
Find a quiet corner and borrow a children's book aimed at families from a wealth of writers hailing from the African continent and wider diaspora.

Mindful Silent Disco

The Stress Project and Maria Inês Sousa welcome you to join them on either a guided meditation or a Pilates class. Do as your mood sees fit – you can switch mid-way if you need to!

Need a keychain, bracelet or hair tie? Have fun together and choose from a colourful selection of Scoubi laces in an array of South African-inspired colours.

Leaf your mark
Leave your autumnal mark in our self-guided workshop, creating light-catching shapes using our leaf templates.


Rosebery Room & Mezzanine – Let's Groove

12-12.50pm; 2.50-4pm
Soul Train Performance and Workshop

For the past 12 weeks, Sunada Biswas and Samantha Hayes of St Luke’s Creative Dance Project have taught a group of over 55s hip hop-inspired dance moves. Come and watch them perform their routine and join the Soul Train workshop after!

Egyptian Dance with Petronella Carter

This workshop is a fun introduction to one of the world's oldest dance forms, rooted in both sacred Indian and traditional Arabic dance. The activity starts with a performance by workshop leader Petronella and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Reggae Hula Fit Performance and Workshop

Master the hula hoop and limbo, get fit and have fun in our Reggae Hula Fit workshop led by Shakira.

Carwash Performance and Workshop

Join a workshop led by Simona Scotto and get funky with over-60 dancers from The Claremont Project.


Ground Floor – Let's Make Noise

African music & singing workshop

Make music with Miles Ncube, Founder of UMZIMBA Theatre Dance School, as he brings his instruments and some of his singers for a South African-inspired jam session.


Mainstage - Let's Watch

Dada Masilo Company Class

Go behind the scenes to watch South African choreographer Dada Masilo and her dance company prepare for their evening performance of Giselle. Experience an exhilarating blend of contemporary, ballet and African dance styles in this feisty reimagining of the traditional ballet classic. Suitable for ages 12+.


Thank you to the community partners working with us to make this event possible: Thank you to all the community partners working with us to make this event possible: Holloway Neighbourhood Group; HulaFit; St Luke’s Community Centre; The Claremont Project; and The Stress Project.

Part of Fun Palaces 2019




Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

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