Black History Month

Join us for a celebration of culture and history this October with a diverse and international programme of films, poetry, stimulating discussion, food and music around Lewes.

Featuring films and documentaries from France, Jamaica, the United States and Sierra Leone, an evening of dancing, beats and food on Depot’s terrace as well as a curated evening of guest speakers, poets, musicians and talks at Lewes Town Hall.

Sierra Leone’s legendary playwright Charlie Haffner in Sing, Freetown

Black History Month films at Depot

No Place Like Home

Wed 6 Oct, 20:45

A film producer from New York City goes to Jamaica to shoot a commercial and finds herself drifting further and further away from the world she knows.


My Name Is Pauli Murray

Tue 12 Oct, 18:00 + post-film Q&A with local film maker Nicola Cross

A candid recounting of Pauli Murray’s unique and extraordinary journey, forshadowing some of the most politically consequential issues of our time.


Sing, Freetown

Tue 19 Oct, 18:00 + post-film discussion with previous Mayor of Lewes, Janet Baah

Sorious Samura, from Sierra Leone, has grown tired telling negative stories about Africa, and embarks on a journey to create an epic work of national theatre.


The Story of a Three Day Pass

Tue 26 Oct, 18:00

Turner, an African American soldier stationed in France, is granted a promotion and a three≠day leave and heads to Paris, where he finds whirlwind romance.


Short films by Nicola Cross

Before all films listed above

Nicola Cross is an artist filmmaker helping people tell their own stories in beautiful and creative ways, creating intimate portraits of characters, their worlds and their lives.


Events around Lewes

Dalliance at Depot

Saturday 16 October, 17:00 – 21:00

Enjoy an evening out on our terrace with a mix of Afrobeats, Ska, Reggae, Blues and Funk courtesy of DJ Taskalume. Our food vendor for this week will be an exciting collabaration between Dalliance favourites, Seven Sisters Spices, and the fantastic Feature Kitchen!

Mayor of Lewes presents: Black History in Sussex

Saturday 23 October, 18:00
Assembly Room, Lewes Town Hall
(Fisher Street entrance)
Free, booking required

Join Lewes Town Council for an evening of celebration and reflection as we approach the end of Black History Month. We will be welcoming special guest speaker Nick Hines from Stand Up to Racism, in addition to award winning poets John Agard and Grace Nichols, acclaimed flutist Keith Wait, Brighton-based poet/spoken word artist Priss Nash, and local musician Daniel Lauro with the Lewes Music Group to highlight the significance of black history month and its often hidden contribution to wider British history.

Nick Hines

Priss Nash

Grace Nichols

Keith Waithe

John Agard