The story of the Mother of the African Revolution

Wednesday January 22nd 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm)

A film screening of an award-winning biopic documentary, with a presentation by its producer and director, Ne Kunda Nlaba.

The previously untold story of an early rebellion against European domination and exploitation of Africa. In 1704 a young woman took up the fight to free her country – the kingdom of Kongo in central Africa. She failed, and was executed in 1706. But she is remembered in her country as Mama Kimpa Vita, the Mother of the African Revolution.

Admission free, refreshments available.



Tuesday 26th November 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm)

Join local resident Andrew Rogers to look at Vauxhall, Nine Elms, South Lambeth, Stockwell and around through the lens of cinema and television. Find out where some of your favourite films and TV series were shot. Learn about some of the stars who were born here, settled here, or just dropped by.

This multimedia experience will end – for those who fancy it – with a very short walk to our closest iconic movie location, soon to be demolished.

Starring Michael Caine, Charlie Chaplin, Daniel Day Lewis, Dame Judi Dench, Idris Elba, David Hemmings, Joanna Lumley OBE, Virginia McKenna, Roger Moore, Vincent Price, Jane Russell, Frank Sinatra, John Thaw and many more.

Admission free but donations are welcomed.

WALL-E – a film screening from No Planet B Film Club

Friday November 15th 3.45pm

Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library have teamed up with No Planet B Film Club for an after-school  screening of a film aimed at young children and their families – Disney Pixar’s Wall-E (certificate U)

After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, robot Wall-E discovers a new purpose in life when he meets a sleek search robot named Eve. Eve realises that Wall-E has found the key to the planet’s future, and races back to space to tell  the humans, who have been eagerly awaiting word that it is safe to return home.

Children of all ages are invited to attend! There will be a special guest speaker from Greenpeace before the screening.

Entrance is free and snacks will be available for a small donation to No Planet B Film Club.

No Planet B Film Club screens a wide variety of films with environmental themes, promoting  creative discussions on environmentalism and activism. No Planet B’s community screenings are supported by Cinema for All’s Launchpad scheme. (You can find No Planet Film Club on Facebook and instagram.)



Mixed-race relationships: a personal account

The writer Sylvia Vetta married an Indian academic in the 1960s when such cross-cultural partnerships were rare and usually attracted hostility. Drawing on her own experience – from which she created the love story in her novel Sculpting the Elephant – Sylvia explores the dilemmas of identity in mixed- race relationships.

Wednesday November 13th 7pm (doors open at 6.30)

Admission free. Refreshments available

A community work of art – about our community

Wednesday October 23rd 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm)

Vauxhall Tide is a community art project, based at St Anne and  All Saints Church, bringing together local residents to create a textile banner reflecting their lives and histories. The banner will be on display at the library and the creators will be there to talk about their involvement.

Enjoy the art, the conversation, the refreshments – and community warmth.



Saturday October 5th is Fun Palace Day

October 5th is the date for this annual celebration of fun – for all ages – between 11am and 4pm. Here’s the programme at Tate South Lambeth Library:

11-12 am        Gardening – an interactive gardening session for all ages, with seeds and bulbs

2.30-4pm       The weekly session of Science Club, which gives homework help for 7-14 year olds, will include making slime – to take home.

3pm                Chess for all – instructions and tips

Throughout the day             nature science experiments

making fanzines, magazines and notebooks and collaging

sale of second-hand books on hobbies and pastimes (gardening, painting, cooking, making music, exercising)