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Amongst the landscaped parks and hundred or so listed buildings, Luton plays host to a thriving cultural scene that represents all parts of the community.

Undoubtedly the biggest event on the cultural calendar is Luton International Carnival, which has been held since 1976 and is more popular than ever. Now the largest one-day carnival in Europe, it attracts upwards of 140,000 people to the town on the late May Bank Holiday and stands as an unmistakable symbol of Luton’s pledge to cultural harmony.

Cultural events throughout the year are just as diverse, ranging from the highly regarded Symphonia Academica classical music concerts and community festivals to the annual, internationally renowned Filmstock film festival. All the while, the Library Theatre nourishes the soul with everything from music, cinema and comedy to professional, amateur and children’s theatre.

Crucially, to ensure Luton’s cultural future is as rich as its past, the ‘Hat Factory’ Arts and Media Centre has devised an exciting ‘start-up’ initiative to assist cutting-edge local creative business and community arts organisations. The same venue also houses a performing venue, exhibition and conference centre, and accompanying restaurant and café.

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