A weekend of fun returned to Sheffield thanks to one community activist.

The Fun Palaces annual weekend of action took place at Pitsmoor Adventure Playground on 6 and 7 October.

The event in Sheffield was run and organised by Asmaa Chaudhry, who wanted to bring people of different ages, backgrounds and communities together.

As well as baking, woodwork and juggling, Ms Chaudry ran an easy henna patterns workshop which taught attendees how to apply henna through a mixture of practical activities and teaching demonstrations.

Henna designs- Photo by A. Hunnan

She said: “Each of us has unique talents but with a little creativity you will find lots of ways to change people’s lives with love.”

The event was free to attend and had no age or gender restriction.

Participant Fatima Abdul from Burngreave attended the henna workshop and said: “This is a very unique workshop never held before in Sheffield. This is what I’ve been looking for.”

Photo by A. Hunnan

Fun Palaces is an ongoing nationwide campaign for cultural democracy who believe that creativity in the community can change the world for the better.

Ms Chaudry said: “Fun Palaces is a brilliant and amazing idea to bring the community together and spread and share skills under one roof.”

Co-director of Fun Palaces Sarah-Jane Rawlings attended the event.

The henna workshop was so successful Ms Chaudhry has organised a two-hour workshop at Dearne’s Art and Community Festival.

The Fun Palaces weekend of action returns on 5 and 6 October 2019.

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