Luton Culture - May 2017 - What's On

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See what's on this May to August...


Gods and Mortals
Sun 7 May, 4.15pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre 
Four highly trained and charismatic dancers, UK's only Odissi dance group, who have thrilled London audiences at the Southbank Centre, perform in Luton for one night only. Live music accompaniment lends a special depth and spontaneity to the show. Vocals, tabla, violin and spoken rhythms accompany the dance.
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Where is Home?
Thu 18 May, 7.30pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre
A new twist on a 1000 year old fable, presenting music and dance from South Africa, mixed with urban culture from London and Los Angeles. 
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Tez Ilyas: Made In Britain
Fri 5 May, 8pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre 
Tez reveals that he is openly… Asian. British Asian as well, which means that because he's Asian he loves a chicken tikka masala, whereas, because he's British he… well he loves a chicken tikka masala.
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The Comedy Bar
Fri 19 May, 8pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre
Join resident MC, Jake Pickford, for an evening of stand up comedy from the nation's up and coming talent.
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Children & Families...

Mon 1 May, 1.30pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre 
Join our hapless hero and be astounded in this totally word-free clown and magic show that follows his exciting adventures at sea. Mr Bean meets Charlie Chaplin in this mind-blowing feast of illusion, comedy and a MASSIVE balloon! The most fun-filled show for children and families around!
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The Tap Dancing Mermaid
Sat 13 May, 11.30am & 1.30pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre
Gather round for the Moon's magical, mystical story about a tippetty-top tap dancer featuring stunning puppets, live music and tap dancing! 
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Tales from the Shed
Sat 20 May, 10am & 11.30am, The Hat Factory Arts Centre
Enjoy different stories every month featuring the much loved characters – from Can-Can the beautiful bird to laid back Lion Down and The Thing That Goes Blurgh!
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Sat 20 May, 1.30pm, 4.30pm & 7.30pm, Wardown House, Museum and Gallery
Three primary schools and NGYT reimagine events from the past and travel through different periods in history to uncover stories from within the house.
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Steam Fair
Sun 21 May, 10am - 4pm, Stockwood Discovery Centre 
Enjoy a host of visiting steam engines as well as those from Stockwood's own historic collection, lovingly restored by volunteers.
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May Half-Term for Children and Families...
Teddy Bear's Picnic Ballet
Fri 26 - Sat 27 May, 10.30am & 1.30pm, Luton Library Theatre
If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise...! This delightful treat for very young audiences combines classical ballet, physical theatre, gorgeous visuals and crystal-clear story telling.
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Tales From The Trees
Mon 29 May, 11am & 1.30pm, Stockwood Discovery Centre 
Trees are awesome! Meet Craig, the friendly Forest Ranger in this terrific tangle of puppetry, storytelling, live music and comedy!
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Curious Creatures
Tue 30 May, 11am & 1.30pm, Stockwood Discovery Centre 
Animals are amazing! Welcome to the Curious Creatures wildlife park, full of animals of all sizes plus puppets, comedy, slapstick and live music.
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Helpful Half Term
Tue 30 May - Sat 3 Jun, 11am - 3pm, Luton Libraries 
Who is helping at your local library? Find out with cake, stories and activities for children, plus sign up to be a Reading Hack.
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The Three Musketeers
Wed 31 May, 2pm, Luton Library Theatre
The seventeenth century has never been so silly! Chaos, mayhem and stupidity reign supreme as The Three Musketeers swish their swords, buff their boots and flourish their feathers in their most ridiculous adventure yet! 
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Working Wednesdays
Wed 31 May, 12pm, Stockwood Discovery Centre
A chance to see stationary engines in their full working glory.
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Sat 27 May, 7.30pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre 
Burton vividly presents the life of Richard Burton in his own words from humble beginnings to Hollywood mega-stardom. 
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Music in the Museum
Sun 7 May, 2pm, Wardown House, Museum and Gallery 
Music in the Museum returns in the newly developed, Wardown House, Museum and Gallery. 
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Nāca Short Film Premiere
Sat 13 May, 6.30pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre 
An inspirational story about a young, Bengali, Muslim man's, leap of truth. Raheem has dreams of becoming a dancer but struggles to find a balance as he feels conflicted by his strict traditions. A locally produced film with Luton talent.
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