Over the weekend of Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 January 2020, Depot will be holding a series of events commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day, which takes place on 27 January. The weekend is organised by Lewes Holocaust Memorial Group in conjunction with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.


WRITING WORKSHOP: Standing Together and Standing Alone
Saturday 25 January, 14.00 – 17:00, Free, booking required

In this workshop we explore creatively personal and political memories of being together or alone, through prose, poetry and discussion. The afternoon concludes with an interweaving of our experiences into a spoken collage to provide an overview of the group forum. The session is led by Christine Cohen Park, a writer, and long-term workshop facilitator and teacher.


FILM EVENT: Life is Beautiful (1997, 122mins)
Saturday 26 January, 14:00 – 17:00, Normal cinema ticket prices apply

Loosely based on a true story, this bittersweet Italian drama highlights how a father and son stand together against the nightmare of the Holocaust.  Director Robert Benigni also plays the lead role of a Jewish-Italian waiter, Guido Orefice, whose happy marriage with a schoolteacher is abruptly and catastrophically halted when the pair are separated and he and his son Giosué are taken to a concentration camp, where he tries his utmost to shield Giosué from the reality of what is happening around them.  The film won three Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film, Best Actor and Best original Score.


MUSIC AND POETRY: Standing Together
Sunday 26 January, 19:00 – 20:30, Free, no booking required

Local poets and musicians gather together to reflect on the theme of ‘Standing Together’ from a variety of different perspectives. Adrienne Thomas will introduce some familiar faces as well as new surprises as we stand together in words and music in an intimate atmosphere of ‘togetherness’.

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is a day of remembrance for the six million Jews, 500,000 Roma and the many millions killed in Nazi persecutions and later genocides.


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