Lighting up Luton this October with DUNDU the Giants of Light
Revoluton Arts with FESTIVAL.ORG and Global Streets presents DUNDU, a free international outdoor street art celebration in Luton. The giant puppet has enthralled audiences worldwide, bringing a sense of wonder, togetherness and joy wherever it goes. On 20 October, DUNDU will be joined by Luton residents, dancers, musicians and skilled puppeteers in a large-scale ‘Lighting up Luton’ live outdoor event for all the family.
This October, DUNDU will walk through Luton town centre for one night only and everyone is welcome to join this fun and special parade and celebration. There are free lantern-making workshops during October, and the lanterns will become part of the parade to create a stunning, large-scale light event.
Those wanting to join in the parade can also get creative making their own lanterns to carry during the parade at the free lantern-making workshops held at The Mall and Bury Park Community Centre. These are delivered in partnership with the UK Centre for Carnival Arts.
The after-dark parade takes place on Thursday 20 October beginning at Kenilworth Road and ending with a grand finale performance in St George’s Square where DUNDU joins musicians, dancers and performers.
Revoluton Arts has commissioned Next Generation Youth Theatre, and other local emerging performing artists (aged 18-30), including an event host and singers to perform as Dundu and the parade, are welcomed into St Georges Square.
DUNDU, which means You and You (or Du und Du), is a gentle, giant puppet that brings Luton’s residents together in a celebration of people and place, sharing a moment of joy, celebration and reflection.
Lindsey Pugh, CEO and Creative Director, Revolution Arts said: ‘Bringing DUNDU to Luton at this time is an opportunity for our community to gather and be together in a harmonious celebration of our town and its people. At Revoluton Arts we create opportunities for local creatives and communities to thrive; DUNDU is a perfect opportunity for people to be creative together in the lantern workshops and walk alongside each other during the parade. We hope new friends and connections will be made and the memories of this special togetherness and light show will be talked about for years to come.’
DUNDU starts at 7pm on Thursday 20 October at Kenilworth Road. For more information on the parade and lantern workshops visit: www.revolutonarts.com/projects/dundu-giants-of-light-lighting-up-luton-2022