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All Abroad! via Lewes area, East Sussex! #2

Updated: Feb 28, 2022

(originally sent out via Mailchimp on 18/2/22)

What a fantástico evening last Friday at Beak Brewery, with Pam and de Femmes performing an impressive set of songs in different languages from around the world, joined by @Juergenthebread on trombone - a change from a KitchenAid at least! The concert really did transport us to different lands through the languages sung and the different musical styles played - and it surely transported all those who tried Beak Brewery’s 12% Jurgen stout to more faraway places still! Do follow the band to be sure to join the fun and musical ‘travel’ opportunities another time!

So yes, welcome to the second All Abroad! Bus newsletter, aiming to connect you to foreign-language/flavoured events, activities, people and places in the Lewes area and beyond! If you are enjoying these newsletters, please do share them with others and please subscribe to receive the newsletter directly by email ;-)

Just a reminder, this is still very much a work in progress with the content and design evolving over the coming weeks; to this end, any feedback, ideas, questions, suggestions and of course contributions would be most welcome to - thank you! The more we can connect with abroad from within our lovely rural area, the more colourful, interesting and exotic our local life can be and the more globally connected we will feel!


Foreign-language films showing this week

The Three Colours French(and some Polish-)language psychological drama trilogy from the 1990s, by director Krzysztof Kieslowski, will be showing over the coming week at Lewes All Saints Arts Centre, courtesy of Lewes Film Club. The Three Colours films: Blue (1993), White (1994) and Red (1994), which pick up the colours of the French flag and nod to the French national themes of liberty, equality and brotherhood) are rather, respectively, an 'anti-tragedy', an 'anti-comedy', and an 'anti-romance', all starring the highly-respected French actress Juliette Binoche. Starting on Friday, 18th February with Three Colours: Blue (15) at 8pm, the showings continue on Sunday 20th February at 4.30pm with Three Colours: White and culminate with Three Colours: Red on Friday 4th March, 8pm. Become a member of Lewes film club or simply pay £5 as you go. It really is worth trying to catch all 3 films in this series as they are all very different. More info and bookings here.

Parallel Mothers continues at The Depot in Lewes (every day, different times, in Spanish with English subtitles, 15), Pedro Almodóvar's latest film about two very different unmarried women who give birth at the same time, one happily so and the other not. More details and bookings here.

Japanese film festival throughout February at Lewes Depot

The largest festival of Japanese film in the UK continues at the Depot. Limited showings, more details and full programme here.


Renaissance Verona with Romeo & Juliet

Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet ballet classic for the Royal Opera House will be showing at Lewes Depot 2pm on Sunday 20th February. (12A, 3 hours 25 minutes!). Limited tickets available. More info and bookings here.

Further afield: ‘The Little Prince’ in Eastbourne

On Friday 18th and Saturday 19th, 3-4.30 pm, The Grove Theatre in Eastbourne will be offering to take kids, families, everyone on a magical journey with their musical adaptation of ‘The Little Prince’, a beautiful and philosophical tale by French author and aviator, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, in which the little Prince learns that “what is important in life can only be seen with the heart”. Not that it is all rosy, but it is the most touching and poignant of stories and an absolute classic In France. More details and tickets here.


  • Frida Kahlo (12A) at Uckfield Picture House at 6pm on 8th March, International Women's Day - delving deep into the life and works of this great Mexican artist and icon. More details and booking here.

  • Rigoletto (Royal Opera House Live) (12A) at Lewes Depot. (10/3, 13/3) - live performance of a modern take on Verdi's masterpiece by ROH director Oliver Mears. Info and bookings here.

  • Leopoldstadt (NT Live) (12A) at Uckfield Picture House (16/3, 20/3), Seaford Community Cinema (17/3) and Lewes Depot (dates TBC) - recording a live West End performance of a play about a family living in the old Jewish quarter of Vienna, Austria, over the first half of the 20th century.


Manu Delago + Greenness At the Con Club

If you head down to the Con Club on Saturday (19/2), you’ll be treated to not one but two international acts. The headline act is Austrian Manu Delano - a Hang (handpan) player, drummer and composer, now ‘based in London and the Alps’ who has worked with Björk, Cinematic Orchestra and Nitin Sawhwey and many others. Supporting him is Greenness, an Anglo/French duowho together make up a musical project that aims to “create an immersive and emotional experience” using various acoustic instruments, sound effects, bilingual lyrics and more. Over 14s welcome. 8pm. More info and tickets here.


Activity idea: @wearescip Beacon Show submissions from kids/young people.

Seaford Contemporary Illustrators and Printmakers or SCIP are looking for illustrations, stories and poems for their ‘The Beacon Show’ in the summer, celebrating Seaford’s landscape and people. Submissions can be from any child/young person aged 5-16 year olds and should be inspired by the Seaford coastline. Why not think about the connection to France/to the French just on the other side of the Channel? The ferries that come and go every day; battles in days gone by; smuggling from France; what might have been, or perhaps what still could be…

The submissions deadline is Monday 28th February! More info, resources, guidelines and details for submission here.

Abyss Booty Camp by Twerk4Fitness

The post-festive-season, post-January booty-shaking body-sculpting twerkout sessions continue at Abyss these coming Saturdays (19/2 and 26/2), 10-11am, with a South African-born Twerk instructor whose speciality is in South African style dance music, ‘Amapiano’ and ‘Gqom’ although the classes will include more well-known genres of dance music too. More info, what to bring and tickets here.


Crepes de La Creme on Seaford seafront

Whilst you’re down there… whether to find inspiration for a submission for the @wearescip contest, to watch some of the huge waves forecast this week, or otherwise visiting, why not try the crêpes from « Crepes de la Creme » on the seafront, at the bottom of Dane Road? They’re as good as any you will find on the other side of la Manche - which helps explain why they’ve just celebrated 3 years in business! You’llfindclassicFrench flavours as well as some more original ones, such as the délicieux pesto and cheese combo.Check for up-to-date opening times via their Facebook or Instagram pages. Bon appetit!


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