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Luton Borough Council

Arts, culture and events

We deliver four main events that are part of Luton’s annual events calendar, as well as those linked to national celebrations and a range of arts and cultural activity across the town.

We work with partner organisations to make Luton a place where arts, culture and creativity brighten the lives and life chances of everyone in Luton.

Autumn highlights this year include Diwali, our popular fireworks display and our popular Christmas event, Lighting up Luton, with special guests to be announced in September.

A photo taken at the St George's Day celebrations  

The delivery and coordination of arts and culture activity is embedded within the Luton 2040 team, advancing the Luton 2040 outcome of ‘transforming lives throughout arts, culture and heritage’. See the arts, culture and the creative Industries page to find out more about our strategic vision.

Special events

At the Bandstand
A programme of music, arts and cinema events located in our Wardown Park Bandstand.

Annual events

Armistice Day
Commemorated every year, marking the end of World War 1 on 11 November.

Black History Month
People from different backgrounds come together during October to celebrate the positive role of Black people in shaping our communities.

Lighting up Luton - an annual celebration when our Christmas lights are switched on by special guests.

Fireworks display
One of Luton’s most popular events, bringing communities together to enjoy entertainment in the sky.

Luton International Carnival
A spectacular celebration of our community.

Luton Mela
Returning in 2023. Celebrating the music, art and culture of Southern Asia.

Remembrance Day
A chance to remember those who gave so much in the service of their country.

St George's Day
Entertainment and activities for our popular St George’s Day celebrations.

St Patrick's Festival
Celebrating the patron saint of Ireland on 17 March.

Local events organisations

The Culture Trust Luton
A Luton based charity showcasing high quality arts and cultural events across multiple sites. 

The Hat District
Creative, work, show and share spaces in the restored hat factories of Luton.

Luton Music Service
The lead organisation of the Luton Music Education Hub – ‘The Mix’.

Luton Libraries
Find out about events held in Luton libraries such as Happy Baby Group.

Revolution Arts
Events and programmes such as henna art, animation, dance and beat-boxing.

Organise a street party
Find out about hosting your own event.

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