IMPAKT TV with Don Letts

Punk, civil unrest and the power of music

12 May 2022
20:00 — 21:00

Location: Online: Planet IMPAKT



Join us on 12 May for our next  IMPAKT TV episode with the legendary British punk and reggae film director, DJ and musician Don Letts. IMPAKT TV is a series of monthly online events in which we reflect on the latest news and trends in art and culture with a special guest.

Don Letts came to notoriety in the late 70’s as the DJ that single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae. Adopting the punk D.I.Y ethic he began to make his first film ‘The Punk Rock Movie’. This led to a period of directing over 300 music videos for an eclectic mix of diverse artists ranging from the Clash, via Public Image Ltd to Bob Marley and Black Grape. He then moved into documentary work covering the likes of Gil Scott-Heron, The Jam, Sun Ra, George Clinton and most recently Paul McCartney. His latest documentaries, Two Seven Splash (2016) and Skinhead (2017) touch on the myth and the reality of the ‘punky-reggae party’ respectively the evolution of the skinhead movement from a multicultural origin into a “threatening and bigoted subculture steeped in far-right politics.”

As a child of the Windrush generation (arriving from the Caribbean in the UK between 1948 and 1971), his biography and career have always been evolving against the backdrop of British politics. The film on his life Rebel Dread (2021), Letts’ life is framed against the hostile environment against immigrants and the ever-present threat of racism – from the 70s to the present day. 

With Don Letts we will discuss why moments of civil unrest are pivotal for cultural life, the power of music, and the ever new shapes of political struggle. From this angle we will ask him about his view on the events of 2022 and his most important sources of inspiration in contemporary art and culture. 

Tune in on 12 May, 20:00h at Planet IMPAKT.

Buy your Tickets here


Every month we invite an artist, journalist, researcher or writer to discuss their work and the latest news and trends in art, tech and media, must-see exhibitions and events. IMPAKT TV is live-streamed every month at 

The IMPAKT TV editorial team consists of Arjon Dunnewind (General Director at IMPAKT), Michelle Franke (head of PR at IMPAKT), Friso Wiersum (European Cultural Foundation, Expodium) and Rosa Wevers (PhD candidate Gender Studies at Utrecht University). Read more about IMPAKT TV



Event archive

Website by HOAX Amsterdam