Setting Luton Alight in 2019

In 1919, Lutonians famously burnt the Town Hall down.
In 2019, we’re looking back on this bold act.
Six events. Five months. One extraordinary riot.

Luton Town Hall prior to being burnt down during the 1919 Peace Riots

People Power Passion will commemorate the centenary of the 1919 Luton Peace Day riots in true Luton style.
It is Luton’s Pilot Year of Culture, an ambitious programme that will bring Luton’s cultures and communities together to celebrate our vibrant town. Over five months, the programme will invite audiences into the worlds of everyday Lutonians, giving a voice to those rarely heard. Through spoken word, site-responsive and promenade theatre, music, dance, circus and gaming; we will commemorate the 1919 Luton Peace Day riots and put our residents at the forefront of excellent arts activity.

People Power Passion

In 1919, as the town hall burned, rioters danced in the street. In 2019, we’re returning to the very same spot. Six events. Five months. One extraordinary riot.

View the full programme of events on the People Power Passion website or on the Timeline of Events page on the Cultural Histories CIC website.

People Power Passion: I am Luton from People Power Passion on Vimeo.

Saturday 15th June: People Power Passion met at Luton’s Town Hall to present The People Launch and launch the year’s coming events in true Luton style.

17th – 20th July: In this brand-new devised show by Yet Another Carnival and Dark Olive created in collaboration with the people of Luton.

Friday 19th July: People Power Passion will take over the front of the Town Hall with a riot of music, dance and projections.

Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August: Join local young people on a journey through our town.

Saturday 14th September: For one day in September, children will take over Wardown Park.

Saturday 12th October: Visit an alternate reality version of Luton through live game play in the town centre.


People Power Passion: The story


People Power Passion: our pilot year of culture

People Power Passion: our pilot year of culture from People Power Passion on Vimeo.

Posters in Bute Street

People Power Passion have erected a series of posters in Bute Street portraying important events in Luton’s history primarily centred primarily around the Town Hall and its immediate vicinity. They also include pictures of Luton Airport in the 50s and 60s and many other photographs of VIPs visiting the town.


The following images are (c) Destiny Bright 2019

Community Company Rehearsal and Performance Dates:

Do you feel that you experience inequality in the decision-making process? Do you have a desire to perform or a passion for making theatre? Make your voice heard.

We are seeking people to perform in the events being organsied by People Power Passion over the summer.

To find out more visit the People Power Passion website