Luton Cultural Quarter (LCQ)
Luton Cultural Quarter (LCQ) is a collection of creative businesses, independent retailers, restaurants and event venues with live entertainment in the Bute and Guildford street area.
The space already hosts regular events, gigs, live entertainment and festivals, along with the state-ofthe- art £3.2 million Youthscape building and Luton’s very own Jazz & Blues Club.
Luton Culture, an arts and cultural charity, provides performance and exhibition spaces, studios and a year-round theatre and events programme at the Hat Factory Arts Centre.
Over the next five years Luton Culture plans to build on the town’s hat making and manufacturing heritage and engage more creative practitioners, artists, media companies, makers, producers and designers to cluster in the LCQ.
Luton Culture is working with various partners to:
- Create an energy and vitality that is productive and also attractive to residents, visitors, investors and businesses
- Further contribute to the local economy by providing more work, spaces, jobs, training and opportunities for inward investment.
Animate: £375K has been secured from the Arts Council England to invest in a three-year public realm arts project for the LCQ, including an art commission by Mark Titchner and an outdoor projection gallery.
Populate: Develop more creative workspaces and venues across the LCQ.
Incubate: Providing more opportunities for talented creative people to meet their full potential through bursaries, training, workspaces, graduate opportunities and cultural career progression.
Luton has a very rich culture and heritage, with over 122 languages spoken, award winning parks and museums, and holds a variety of cultural events throughout the year including the country’s largest one-day annual carnival.
This was recently recognised by Arts Council England (ACE) which has awarded £1.16m to four organisations to deliver arts and cultural activity in Luton over the next three years.
Hat Factory Arts Centre, 65-67 Bute Street, Luton LU1 2EY