It’s that time of year where we look back on what we’ve all achieved and welcome the artistic community to celebrate each other’s craft. Join us for a day to reflect, connect and exchange in our HATCH spaces, where participants will be invited to share their skills in a creative community gift swap.

Join GRASSROOTS LUTON from 4pm to meet Luton artists to share the years stepping stones, challenges and accomplishments, with facilitator Julia Cheng. Then at 6pm, pick your secret Santa and get making across the Hat Factory, coming back together 7pm to share your skill with others and celebrate the creative community.

Whether you’re a crafter, a dancer, a writer or a beatboxer, we want you to come and celebrate the artistic community then join us for an after-party twirl and drinks at the bar.

Please note:We will be collecting donations for the Luton Food bank. Recommended donation of up to £5 of non-perishable goods.


  • Saturday, December 14, 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