People Power Passion People Power Passion

Fri 19th Jul 2019


In 1919, as the town hall burned, rioters danced in the street. In 2019, we're returning to the very same spot.
Six events. Five months. One extraordinary riot.

Put on your dancing shoes and warm up your singing voice because exactly 100 years after it burned, People Power Passion will take over the front of the Town Hall with a riot of music, dance and projections. Join us for a celebration of the cultures of the communities of Luton.

Booking not required. Register your interest now.

Luton Town Hall

Our town: our people: our sound”

An extraordinary act of art and resistance happened on the night of Friday 19 July 1919. After riots broke out and the Town Hall was set alight, the people of Luton broke into a nearby music store, dragged out pianos and danced and sung whilst illuminated by flames. This year the pianos return in a riotous celebration of the music, dance, cultures and communities of the people that call Luton home.

Exactly 100 years after it burned, People Power Passion will take over the front of the Town Hall. Extraordinary acts of resistance around the world and in Luton will be explored through a spectacle of music, dance and light.

This free event will animate our town centre and invite audiences of all ages to see our Town Hall in a new light. Audiences will be standing and the action will take place in front of the Town Hall and throughout the surrounding area.

We invite any individuals or groups interested in being part of the dance ensemble to get in touch. There will be a range of dance roles available and all abilities are welcome. No dance experience necessary. We will also be seeking singers and musicians. Please sign up to the mailing list to find out more.


@murphyconducts @SinfoniaVerdi @sinfoniaverdi

David Murphy is a socially engaged conductor with a particular interest in bringing diverse musical genres and cultures together so people can enjoy the creative sparks that inevitably result. He works with orchestras and opera companies internationally, but the roots of HIS work, and of orchestra Sinfonia Verdi of which he is the Artistic Director, are in Luton and its vibrant creative community.

“It is the energy and creative potential of Luton that inspires me. As one of the most super-diverse towns in the world it is a special place – a microcosm of human potential"