Eat, Drink and Create every first Thursday of the month at Hat District Lates!
Kick off LGBTQ+ History Month this February with a programme of free and ticketed events in the Hat Factory Arts Centre. You can expect music, arts & crafts, discussions & Q&A's and live visual art. All a part of our regular creative social - Hat District Lates.
- DJ Jazzy Vibes in the Hat Factory Bar
DJ Jazzy Vibes (Niv Hammond) will be on the decks laying down tracks every third Thursday of the month. Get your friends together and head down to the Hat Factory bar & café for an evening filled with great music and great company.
- REFLECT: Live painting from award-winning international artist Vishal Joshi
Using a mirrored surface, Vishal Joshi will encourage people to think about and explore their own expression. He will be live painting human forms in suspension. Forms that have chosen not to share their identity, and instead use their energy to burn bright. Vishal Joshi is UK-based multi award winning artist whose practice covers a wide range of artistic styles including abstract, figurative, still life, portraiture and graffiti art. His unique mark-making style has received critical acclaim and led to high profile public and private commissions across the globe.
- CREATE: Ink-up, queer up and make your mark
Work with Luton artist Snail to print Lino-cut symbols, statements, and slogans of queer culture. Create your own prints or a series of your own merch – we’ll have natural canvas and cotton apparel for you to ink up with pride! Snail is a non - binary local artist working across disciplines and subject matter. One of their proudest achievements to date was being commissioned to create the banner which led London Trans+ Pride 2022.
Free option available on craft paper or canvas products available from £3
- CELEBRATE: A visual tribute to LGBTQ+ History Month with Jakub Rokita
Immerse yourself in photo, video and archive footage live mixed, live glitched, and live streamed by Jakub Rokita. Jakub Rokita is a local audio and video artist and arts activist. He is a founding member of the AVXLuton project, a platform for digital, video and multidisciplinary collaboration and exhibits video and sound installations internationally.
Q&A in the Factory Floor
Hear from a number of LGBTQ+ community organisations throughout the evening in this informal Q&A taking place in the Hat Factory's Factory Floor.
- Gay Outdoor Club | 5.15pm – 5.45pm
- Luton Sexual Health | Andrew Trowbridge | 6pm – 6.30pm
- LGBT Beds | Ashley Spiers | 6.45pm – 7.15pm
- Rainbow Bedfordshire | Mack Mclean | 7.30pm - 8pm