The Hat Factory

Venue details

With Connors Café Bar and event spaces, the Hat Factory has been the heartbeat of the cultural quarter of Luton for many years. The arts centre closed for refurbishment in 2018 to increase and widen access to the arts by creating new spaces including better venues, a larger reception, cafe and social area. It will re-open in Summer 2019.
The Hat Factory Arts Centre is one of Luton’s leading arts venues featuring live music, club nights, theatre, dance, films, children’s activities, workshops, talks, networks and exhibitions.
We specifically target young and diverse audiences to engage in our programmes, but welcome everyone to be inspired by the UK’s leading productions, artists and to develop artistic skills and talents through skills development and professional practice. Complementing our own programming, we welcome local/regional promoters to the venue, broadening our music offer and at the same time supporting young promoters and their businesses.
We 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.
The Hat Factory Arts Centre comprises a 90 seat studio theatre, a basement venue, gallery and flat floor music venue, 13 creative workspaces, meeting rooms, Connors Café and offices.