The Hat Factory is Back!

Friday 6 September 2019
Factory Reset
Time: 8.30pm - 9pm

Join us for the much awaited re-opening of The Hat Factory Arts Centre as the building comes alive like never seen before...Award Winning theatre ensemble Tangled Feet join forces with Next Generation Youth Theatre, Revellers Steel Band, poet Lee Nelson and renowned aerialists Pirates of the Carabina to breathe new life into the redeveloped Hat Factory Arts Centre.No tickets are needed, just meet outside the Hat Factory Arts Centre.

Age Guidance: Suitable for All
Please note the image is of work previously created by Tangled Feet

Saturday 7 September 2019

Meet the Programmer

The Hat Factory Café, 11am & 6pm

No need to book, just drop in

Luton Culture presents the opportunity to meet the Luton Culture programmers to talk about the upcoming programme at The Hat Factory. Join Rae our chief Hat Factory programmer for a cup of coffee in the café and learn more about what is to come. Each slot is 45 minutes long.

Hat Factory Tour

The Hat Factory Café, followed by guided tour, 11:30am - 12:15pm

Free, tickets required

Booking information: 01582 878100 / Book Online: Book Tickets

Join the Director of Culture and Engagement in an exclusive tour of the Hat Factory Arts Centre.

Meet in the cafe and join Karen Perkins in discovering The Hat Factory Arts Centre as she guides you around the spaces. This tour will talk about The Hat Factory's place in the creative ecosystem of the emerging Hat District as well as the process of redevelopment of the building.

Love Jam

HATCH 2, 12pm - 4pm
Free, tickets required

Booking Information: Box Office: 01582 878100 / Book Online: Book Tickets

Join Love Jam for an intimate paint and party workshop. An artist lead workshop for all abilities with tunes playing and the bar open to purchase drinks. Take your art home with you to treasure. Materials provided.

Theme to be announced.

Age Guidance: 18+
Some themes may be unsuitable for younger audiences

Bute Street Film Festival

The Studio, 2pm - 3pm

Free, tickets required.

Booking information: Box Office: 01582 878100 / Book Online: Book Tickets

Now in its second year, Bute Street Film Festival will showcase some of the highlights of the competition winners so far ahead of returning to The Hat Factory for their 2020 programme.

Age Guidance: 16+

Some films may be unsuitable for younger audiences

The Mother Monologues: Resisting Austerity

HATCH 1 (1st Floor), 3pm - 4pm
Free, tickets required
Booking information: Box Office: 01582 878100 / Book Online: Book Tickets

Shemiza Rashid with support from Tamasha Theatre present:The Mother Monologues. A work in progress showing a series of monologues which will form their verbatim piece next March in celebration of International Women's Day. The piece has been developed with mothers in the Luton area around themes of austerity, sisterhood, and survival.The performances will be followed by an open workshop on the piece and its themes where audience members will be invited to respond to the work showcased.Age Guidance: 16+ contains themes of hardship

Audio Visual eXchange Luton Live Jam

HATCH 2 (1st floor), 4.30pm - 5.15pm
Free, tickets required
Booking information: Box Office: 01582 878100 / Book Online: Book Tickets

Audio Visual eXchange Luton present a live art project showcasing collaborative creation and want can be achieved when mixing traditional art mediums with technology.Inspired by the demo and hack scene, collaborative paint jams and hackathons, AVXL live jam aims to translate the DIY ethos, open structure and improvisational, semi-rehearsed approach into the world of audiovisual art. Using recorded samples, audio and visual software, synthesizers and simple recording devices and working with prepared (raw) photos, videos and audio field recordings, the AVXL group will put together a short art project live - in front of the audience so they can witness the process of collaborative creation and view the outcome.

A 15 minute performance follwed by a Q and A session with the artists.

Age Guidance: Suitable for all

Please note: Visual presentation may incorporate flash photography and flickering lights. Audience members with sensitivity to such visual stimuli should take care.

Open Studio: Abi Spendlove

Bursary Space (1st floor), Fri 6: 9pm - 9:30pm, Sat 7: 2:30pm - 4pm
Free, just drop in

Visit our Open Studio and see our bursary Artist at work! Abi Spendlove, Artist-in-residence at the Hat Factory will be opening the door to her studio. Come and meet her and ask about her practice.

Suitable for all ages


  • Friday, September 6, 2019

The Hat Factory

The Hat Factory is Luton's leading arts and entertainment venue featuring live music, club nights, theatre, dance, films, children's activities, workshops, classes and gallery exhibitions.

It's a centre of artistic excellence set within a vibrant urban environment. It offers the young and the young at heart the chance to engage with the arts, to be inspired by the UK’s leading arts practitioners, and to develop artistic skills and confidence.

The Hat Factory is a combined arts venue in the centre of Luton. It opened in 2003 and since then has been the area’s main provider of contemporary theatre, dance and music. We work with both emerging and proven producers and artists, through programming, engagement programmes and our Associate Artist scheme. Their music programming is vibrant, offering an eclectic portfolio of high quality artists from the worlds of jazz, blues, folk, world music, indie and hip hop. Complementing their own programming, they welcome local/regional promoters to the venue, broadening their music offer and at the same time supporting young promoters and their businesses. They programme contemporary theatre and dance with a focus on fresh, new and relevant stories from both established and emerging touring companies who are making high quality work in the UK. They’ve programmed companies like Earthfall, Chickenshed, New International Encounter (NIE), Trestle, Menagerie, Eastern Angles, Atma, State of Emergency, 30 Bird, Tavaziva, Analogue and Jean Abreu Dance to name but a few.

Venue Hire

The Hat Factory has flexible spaces of various sizes to suit every need. See Venue Hire for more information.


To become part of The Hat Factory's programme, please contact our Head of Arts & Cultural Programmes, Fahim Qureshi at

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