LiftHERUp: we salute Lewisham's black female trailblazers

Women Of The Lens Film Festival & Brockley Max Festival celebrate trailblazing black women of Lewisham with June 2024 events

After a phenomenal celebration of three of the many incredible women who’ve lived and worked in Lewisham, making significant change in their communities and further afield, Women Of The Lens Film Festival has collaborated with Brockley Max Festival to continue the legacy. With two events under the title banner; LiftHERUp: we salute Lewisham’s black female trailblazers, we will continue with the recognition and pass the baton.

After securing support from the Mayor of London’s Untold Stories programe, Brockley Max Festival created a channel for the wider community selection of amazing black women from Lewisham. The idea behind it was to pay homage to work (that we don’t always hear about) that has helped to improve the lives of others. Well, there were a lot! It was difficult to shortlist, but we did and four women were chosen by a steering committee. They were activist and campaigner, Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah CBE, activist, Mavis Best MBE and award-winning dancers/choreographers, Kristina and Sadé Alleyne.

As part of a lasting legacy, the women were muralised by talented mural artists; Roxanne Williams, Amanda Denise Graham and Jelly J. These stunning murals are located in central Brockley, south east London.

Our 2024 events, LiftHERUP; we salute Lewisham’s black female trailblazers, attempts to continues a celebration of the women of the 2023 Black Icons project, as well as providing a platform for community members and organisations to join a discussion about how a commemoration of black women can continue in the borough.

We will achieve this with two free events; one suitable for younger audiences and one where anyone can attend, but will be focused for older and adult audiences.

Although these events are non-ticketed and free, we recommend that you attend on time to ensure that you have a place and/or seat at the venues you wish to go to. We look forward to seeing you!


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These events are supported by Brockley Society.

Events 1st and 3rd June

Saturday 1st June-11am to 1pm

St Peter’s Church, SE4 1LT

Suitable for school Years 9-11

Black Icons film screening

Task-based activities

Group presentations

Monday 3rd June-7pm to 9pm

Brookmill Pub, SE8 4EJ

Suitable for All

Black Icons film screening

Panel discussion, Q&A with Black Icons women, mural artists, community organisations.

Black Icons Women & Their Murals

Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah CBE

Mural by Jelly J

Mavis Best MBE

Mural by Amanda Denise Graham

Sadé and Kristina Alleyne

Mural by Roxanne Williams

You can stay up to date on social media too!

Women Of The Lens Film Festival debuted in 2017 and since then has programmed over 200 productions, in-person and  during online events. Each year the Festival delivers industry panels, opportunites for professional exchange as well as networking and other pathways for career development. 

The Festival was created to support and celebrate the talents of British black women in the film industries.

News about our upcoming 2024 events will be here soon, so stay in touch!

Read our ethos aims and objectives.

Have questions or further queries? Please email:

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Mayor of London Untold Stories

Through funding from the Mayor’s office, the Untold Stories programme seeks to uncover effecting stories of diverse Londoners who’ve impacted their communities and beyond. It’s part of the Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm, where figures within London could share their stories. 

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Brockley Max Festival

Brockley Max Festival is a nine-day community arts festival entering its 22nd year. Said to be a jewel of festivals in south London, it takes place across the wards of Lewisham’s Brockley, Ladywell, Crofton Park and Honor Oak. The event celebrates local talent from many sectors of the creative industries. The Brockley Max Festival will run between 31st May to 8th June, 2024.

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Brockley Society

Brockley Society is a community association open and free to everyone living in the Brockley Conservation area and anyone adjacent who is interested in the Society’s aims. It was founded in 1974 and is run entirely by volunteers. 

Our biggest annual event is the Hilly Fields Midsummer Fayre on the Saturday nearest midsummer’s day.

Women Of The Lens


about Us

Part of the ethos of Women Of The Lens is to support the learning and progress of those wanting to make head-way into the industry of film, broadcast and digital media.


Meeting people in the flesh is an important part of developing knowledge, contacts, influence and longevity in any industry. 

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