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Sat 12th Oct 2019


In 1919, Lutonians wanted change so they rioted in a act of spectacular protest. In 2019, protest is digital.

Six events. Five months. One extraordinary riot.

Visit an alternate reality version of Luton through live game play in the Town Centre. Have fun with family and friends and explore a futuristic Luton.

Lutopia is a VR Game where everyone can spend their time freely and take part in re-imagining the town. Explore Lutopia and talk to residents about their lives and the new challenges they face. The choices you make impact the ‘wellbeing level’ of the town and, eventually, whether you can become a citizen.

Get involved with the discussions on October 12th, and tell us: What's your Lutopia?

Booking not required. Register your interest here

Luton Town Hall
14:00 to 20:00

What's your Lutopia?

On October 12th, join us for one last time in Luton for the finale of People Power Passion. Join your friends in a live public play of Lutopia; the virtual reality video game in which you explore an alternate reality version of Luton, made with Lutonians, for Lutonians.

100 years on from the Peace Day riots we explore what life in Luton would be like if we lived in a "perfect" world. Would we be happy if we got everything we wanted? Can Lutopia really exist one day? We've celebrated the riots that happened 100 years ago in the past, now join us in imagining what Luton could be 100 years into the future.

Artist Andy Abbott collaborated with the people of Luton to imagine a town where citizens are able to spend their time freely without having to work. They created true to life characters, places and situations for the game which will then be broadcast live onto the Town Hall. Don't miss out on the chance to be involved and let us know: 'What's your Lutopia?'

Have a go at playing the game in front of a live crowd and watch familiar Luton faces go head to head, to see who knows their way around Lutopia best.

Get involved in the conversation with Talkaoke! Let us know your thoughts and opinions through a live and interactive mobile talk show. What would your Lutopia look like?

With all things digital, chat to us about your #PeoplePowerPassion experiences through a digital interactive post cards exhibition and watch augmented reality clips taken from our Lutopia workshops and created by Sophie Gresswell


Andy Abbott
Artist, Lutopia

@zadanzig @UncommonsUK

Andy is a socially engaged interdisciplinary artist with a particular interest in how digital technologies and games can be used to connect people and place. His formative experiences were working collectively in Do-It-Yourself and grassroots music and art scenes in Leeds and Bradford. Through that he has a real appreciation and belief in the transformative power of people-led initiatives to create and explore alternative worlds.

"I’ve found Luton a very exciting and inspiring place to develop the project in this way as its a diverse and dynamic town with plenty of characters and amazing stories.In cities and towns that are misunderstood by the mainstream media you can find a lot of people who are determinedly passionate about their place and imaginative about its future.”


Sophie Gresswell
Creative Facilitator, Lutopia

@gresswellart @sgresswellart

Sophie Gresswell is a multidisciplinary artist who combines traditional and digital art forms to create accessible projects which explore how we as people communicate, miscommunicate, manipulate and perceive. Sophie is interested in working on projects like Lutopia which encourage the use of new technologies to create socially responsive and accessible pieces of work.

"I am looking forward to working with Andy Abbott to learn more about using art and technology to explore social issues, and quite literally create a projection of Luton's future!"

Sophie Gresswell 1


Ferdusi Jahan
Trainee Digital Communications & Installation Assistant, Lutopia


Ferdusi Jahan is a proud Lutonian and lifelong resident of the town. Ferdusi studied English Language and Linguistics at the University of Bedfordshire and has experience in social media management and digital communications.

"As a proud Lutonian, I really look forward to seeing all the projects come to life and celebrate the town and its people. I am really passionate about providing new opportunities for young people living in Luton, and People Power Passion does just that."

Ferdusi Khan


Find us online and help design the future of Luton.

Play the text-based online demo and make your voice heard at:

Start sharing your voice and opinions on what Luton should look like in the future. You can even submit ideas for your own character!

Got a question? Drop us an email at

Here is what you can expect on the day:

Between 2pm and 6:30pm: Lutopia Festival

There will be food and drink available all throughout the event. A day of activities exploring the future of Luton.

  • Lutopia: Join in the VR fun and have a go at playing the game. Visit Lutopia with friends and watch notable Lutonians having a go. Navigate your way through Lutopia, talk to the residents of Lutopia and help them find resolutions to their situations.
  • Interactive Digital Installation: Interact with an interactive digital installation, created by Luton's very own Sophie Gresswell. Come and see the Augmented Reality pieces created through workshops held at Stopsley High School and the Dementia Cafe.
  • Talkaoke: Created and hosted by Mikey Weinkove, join in the live pop up mobile talk show. Take a seat at the glowing ring table to be a part of the conversations. Various themed Talkaoke discussions with notable Lutonians and the People Power Passion cast.

Catch the themed Talkaoke segments at the following times:

  • 2:30pm with the cast from Riot Act and members from Signposts: "How do we make Luton a prosperous town for everyone?"
  • 3:30pm with the Chantry Primary Academy students: "This is your town: what do you want for now, what do you want for the future?"
  • 4:30pm with Luton Arts Leaders from The Culture Trust Luton, University of Bedfordshire and Independant Artists: "How does arts and culture shape the future of Luton?"
  • 5:30pm with the cast of Justice 39: "What does a future Luton look like for Generation Z?"

6:30pm to 7:30pm: Lutopia LIVE!

Lutopia Live and Talkaoke with our host Aaron Spendelow, where gameplay will be projected onto the town hall.

Watch notable Lutonians go head to head playing Lutopia.

7:30pm to 8:00pm: People Power Passion Finale

A massive celebration in true #PeoplePowerPassion fashion, come and see familiar faces from the previous events, all together, one last time.

Directed by our People Power Passion Associate Artists, through spoken word, performances, music, dance, gaming and projections, this finale will bring back some of your favourite acts from People Power Passion

Can't wait to get involved? Play the online demo here before the big day!

Get your FREE Eventbrite ticket here

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