As part of our Creative Ecosystem, The Culture Trust Luton invites artists engaged in the development and creation of the Hat District project to talk about their work, their practice and the work they have created to inspire the people and young creative talent of Luton.

In our second round of talks, we are inviting local creative leaders to talk about their practice nationally in the arts and dance, and how that has lead to their careers in the town. All of the artists have come from different backgrounds and have taken different routes through the arts, and have a wealth to share in building your career, taking risks, and making partnerships.

Artist Line Up:

26 Feb - Emma Gill, University of Bedfordshire

25 Mar - Sanjeevini Dutta, Pulse Connects

29 Apr - Jenny Williams, Revoluton

Free, tickets required


  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 5:45pm - 6:45pm
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 5:45pm - 6:45pm

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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