Tue 14th Jan 2020
People Power Passion: the story
People Power Passion was Luton’s Pilot Year of Culture, an ambitious programme designed to assess the impact of arts and culture on our town and commemorate one of the most famous moments of Luton’s history.
This booklet is a celebration of the people and stories that made People Power Passion a success. Throughout its pages you will read the stories of some of our talented participants and see the great impact that the programme had on Luton’s people and places.
People Power Passion was Luton’s Pilot Year of Culture, an ambitious programme designed to assess the impact of arts and culture on our town and commemorate one of the most famous moments of Luton’s history. The 1919 Luton Peace Day riots are a symbol of working class action: dissatisfied with the out-of-touch decisions made by people in power, men and women came together to demand to be heard, and burnt down the Town Hall in the process. This programme set out to ask what has changed and to explore other acts of people power in Luton and across the world.
The aims for People Power Passion were across five themes
Health and Wellbeing: To improve physical and mental health and wellbeing of Luton residents and volunteers.
Society and Community: To improve civic pride, community cohesion and aspiration
Placemaking: To connect local people to their public spaces and improve perceptions of Luton’s public realm and To improve the perceptions of Luton nationally as a great place to live and work
Economy: To significantly, positively impact Luton’s economy and To ensure that the positive impact benefits local people
Arts and Culture: To improve the creative skills of local people and To enhance local appreciation of high-quality arts and culture projects
With investment from Luton Council, Arts Council England and The People’s Postcode Trust, partnership with Revoluton Arts and support from Cultural Histories, we delivered six ambitious events over five months and shone a light on our diverse and vibrant town.
84 artists and 400 local people designed and delivered People Power Passion.
Sophie Carpenter, a local graphic designer and illustrator, created the branding for People Power Passion and produced this report.