The Hat Factory ramps up

Andrew O'Neill history of heavy metal is coming to Luton's Hat Factory
Andrew O'Neill history of heavy metal is coming to Luton's Hat Factory

Don’t look now but Luton’s Hat Factory is rapidly gaining a reputation in the capital for cutting edge productions

at cut rate prices.

And locals are also beginning to appreciate this fabulous asset on our doorstep – we’re flocking to the venue that consistently offers high class performances with a contemporary feel.

Luton Culture’s arts and community engagement manager Fahim Qureshi, 54, says: “Music and comedy do really, really well.

“We run the Comedy Bar in the basement which is like an open mic night for up-and-coming comedians. They’re consistently sold out and tickets cost only £3 for a wonderful evening out.

“We’ve also got a terrific programme of live music that attracts Luton audiences and regularly sells out.

“We have people of 40 bringing their children and grandchildren and hopefully that encourages them to come to other events.

“In October a real cross section came to see contemporary dance troupe Tavaziva and we hope to build on that.”

Fahim signed four of the Edinburgh Festival’s top acts last year. First up in May is Bromance which won last year’s Total Theatre/Jacksons Lane Award for Circus Theatre.

The former Lea Manor pupil believes art and culture helps break down barriers. He’s interested in fusion – taking a mixture of theatre, dance and circus to streets, town centre squares and parks.

“It’s about engaging new audiences,” he explains.

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