The Hat Factory Arts Centre is opening soon and we have fantastic line up of events planned for you to celebrate the opening. Take a look: 

Friday 6 September 2019

Factory Reset

Time: 8.30pm - 9pm
Cost: Free
 
Luton Culture and Tangled Feet present:
 
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.
 
Suitable for All
 
Please note the image is of work previously created by Tangled Feet
 

Open Studio: Abi Spendlove

Where in The Hat Factory Arts Centre? Bursary Space, first floor

Friday 6th September, 2019 9pm - 9.30pm
Saturday 7th September, 2019 2.30pm - 4pm

Cost: Free, just drop in

Luton Culture and Abi Spendlove present:

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

 

Saturday 7 September 2019

 O7 Drumming workshop

Where in The Hat Factory Arts Centre? Factory Floor
Time: 1pm - 1.45pm
Cost: Free, but you will need to book a ticket 
 
Booking information: Box Office: 01582 878100
Book Online: Buy Tickets
 
O7 Drumming Ensemble presents
 
The O7 drum project was born in 2010 out of one man’s passion and the commitment of a group of people who shared he’s love for drumming. From buckets and sticks to custom made drums built from up-cycled materials, Filipe Henda’s resilience and unique approach to drumming guided the project’s concept to what it is today, loud and proud and with a very distinct music style.
 
Join the ensemble and learn about their unique upcycled drums and learn your own beat to build up the music.
 
Age Guidance: 15+ anybody can join, but it may be more suitable for those over 15. Warning: this event will be loud!

 

Hat Factory Venue Tour

Where in The Hat Factory Arts Centre? Café then tour.
Time: 11.30am - 12.15pm
Cost: Free, but you will need to book a ticket 

Booking information: Box Office: 01582 878100
Book Online: Buy 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

Where in The Hat Factory Arts Centre ? HATCH 2 (1st floor)
Time: 12pm - 2pm
Cost: Free, but you need to book a ticket

Booking information: Box Office: 01582 878100
Book Online: Buy 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

 

Meet the Programmer

Where in The Hat Factory Arts Centre?
The Hat Factory Café
Times: 11am - 11.45am &  6pm - 6.45pm  
Cost: Free, no need to book
 
Luton Culture present:
 
Take 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.
 
 
 

Bute Street Film Festival

Where in The Hat Factory Arts Centre? The Hat Factory Studio
Time: 2pm - 3pm
Cost: Free, but you will need to book a ticket. 
 
Booking information: Box Office: 01582 878100
Book Online: Buy Tickets
 
Bute Street Film Festival presents:
 
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

Where in The Hat Factory Arts Centre? HATCH 1 (1st Floor)
Time: 3pm - 4pm
Cost: Free, but you will need to book a ticket
 
Booking information: Box Office: 01582 878100
Book Online: Buy Tickets
 
Shemiza Rashid with support from Tamasha Theatre present:
 
The Mother Monologues will present a work in progress showing a series of monologues which will form their verbatim piece next March in celebration of Internation 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
 

 

An Audience with Sarfraz Manzoor

The Hat Factory
Time: 4pm - 5pm
Cost: Free, but you will need to book a ticket
 
Booking information: Box Office: 01582 878100
Book Online: Buy Tickets
 
Sarfraz Manzoor and EOne present
 
Join Sarfraz Manzoor as he discusses the newly released film Blinded By the Light, based on his autobiographical book Greetings from Bury Park. 
Don’t miss out on an opportunity to discover insights into the making of the film and writing of the book, personal stories from Luton, and a chance to ask Sarfraz your questions.
Sarfraz Manzoor is a journalist, documentary-maker and broadcaster. He is the author of a memoir, Greetings from Bury Park, which has been adapted for film by Gurinder Chadha entitled Blinded by the Light.
 
 
Age Guidance: 16+
 
Event website: https://www.theguardian.com/profile/sarfrazmanzoor
 

Audio Visual eXchange Luton Live Jam

 
Where in The Hat Factory Arts Centre? HATCH 2 (1st floor)
Time: 4.30pm  - 5.15pm
Cost: Free, but you will need to book a ticket
 
Booking information: Box Office: 01582 878100
Book Online: Buy 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.