Sat 12th Oct 2019
In 1919, Lutonians wanted change so they rioted in a act of spectacular protest. In 2019, protest is digital.
Six events. Five months. One extraordinary riot.
Join us in October for Lutopia, the finale of People Power Passion. 100 years on from the Peace Day riots we explore what life in Luton would be like if we lived in a "perfect" world. Would we be happy if we got everything we wanted? Can Lutopia really exist one day?
Visit an alternate reality version of Luton through live game play in the town centre. Challenge your friends and explore a future Luton.
Booking not required. Register your interest here to be notified when the online activity begins!
Luton Town Centre
What makes Lutopia?
In October, join special guests as they return to Luton for the finale of People Power Passion. Join your friends in a giant live public play of Lutopia; the virtual reality video game in which you explore an alternate reality version of Luton, made with and for Lutonians.
Artist Andy Abbott will collaborate with the people of Luton to imagine a town where citizens are able to spend their time freely without having to work. They’ll be creating true to life characters, places and situations for the game which will then be broadcast live onto the Town Hall. Don't miss out on the chance to ask yourself: 'What makes Lutopia?'
Lutonians will have the chance to participate online from June: design the characters in Lutopia and help us imagine a future version of Luton. Through twitter polls, snapchat stories, instagram and online surveys, we're taking your suggestions on what makes the perfect Luton. Watch this space or sign up to the mailing list to find out when Lutopia goes live.
On October 12th, Lutonians are encouraged to come down to the Town Centre to play they game live in front of a crowd. Expect virtual reality, live game play and spectacular commentary as we say goodbye to People Power Passion for 2019.
@zadanzig @UncommonsUK andyabbott.co.uk
Andy is a socially engaged interdisciplinary artist with a particular interest in how digital technologies and games can be used to connect people and place. His formative experiences were working collectively in Do-It-Yourself and grassroots music and art scenes in Leeds and Bradford. Through that he has a real appreciation and belief in the transformative power of people-led initiatives to create and explore alternative worlds.
"I’ve found Luton a very exciting and inspiring place to develop the project in this way as its a diverse and dynamic town with plenty of characters and amazing stories.In cities and towns that are misunderstood by the mainstream media you can find a lot of people who are determinedly passionate about their place and imaginative about its future.”
Creative Facilitator, Lutopia
Sophie Gresswell is a multidisciplinary artist who combines traditional and digital art forms to create accessible projects which explore how we as people communicate, miscommunicate, manipulate and perceive. Sophie is interested in working on projects like Utopia which encourage the use of new technologies to create socially responsive and accessible pieces of work.
"I am looking forward to working with Andy Abbott to learn more about using art and technology to explore social issues, and quite literally create a projection of Luton's future!"
Trainee Digital Communications & Installation Assistant, Lutopia
Ferdusi Jahan is a proud Lutonian and lifelong resident of the town. Ferdusi studied English Language and Linguistics at the University of Bedfordshire and has experience in social media management and digital communications.
"As a proud Lutonian, I really look forward to seeing all the projects come to life and celebrate the town and its people. I am really passionate about providing new opportunities for young people living in Luton, and People Power Passion does just that."
GET INVOLVED NOW
Throughout 2019, find us online and help design the future of Luton.
You can make your voice heard right now if you visit: http://www.lutopia.co.uk/. Start sharing your voice and opinions on what Luton should look like in the future.
You can also contribute your ideas for characters, places and situations in #Lutopia as well as play a text-based demo of the version!