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Sierra Leone International Film Festival

Takes place in Freetown over six days, showcasing the collaborative efforts of talented film makers from around the globe. Secondary screenings also take place in the towns of Bo, Makeni, Kono, and Kenema.


The Lantern Festival

Freetown’s neighbourhoods compete against each other to create the most colourful and fantastical floats with inspiration drawn from both past and present.


Kiln Sierra Leone Marathon

Every year on June 9, running and cross-country enthusiasts from across the globe come together to take part in the Kiln Sierra Leone Marathon. The marathon aims to raise money for the Street Child of Sierra Leone charity.


Eid al-Fitr

August marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and the annual arrival of Eid al-Fitr. After a long month of fasting, Eid ceremonies are also held at mosques across the country.


Tangains Festival

A lively festival of traditional music, dress and food.

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The road to ruin

Abandoned cities, crumbling stelaes, slave trade relicts – Africa really does have some remarkable ruins. 


Bunce Island

Bunce Island is arguably the single most important former slave site for African Americans. Katrina Manson and James Knight explain why.


Hunting for witches

With a fearsome reputation and spellbinding show, the special powers of the Shenge will leave you mesmerised.


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