Today, 22nd of June, marks Windrush Day, a day which commemorates the Windrush Generation and their legacy.
The observance was first introduced in 2018 as a way to honour the British Caribbean community; especially those who came to Britain in 1948 on the Empire Windrush. Hundreds of Caribbean migrants arrived on the ship to help rebuild after the Second World War. Since their arrival, the Windrush Generation and their descendants have gone on to provide tremendous contributions to Britain in public life, business, the arts, and sport.
While COVID-19 has put a halt to the usual gatherings this year, many are still celebrating virtually through lectures and readings, cooking classes, as well as theatrical and musical events.
Please see below two presentations; "Celebrating Windrush" and "What did Windrush bring to Britian?":
- Celebrating Windrush 70
- What did Windrush bring to Britain
You can learn more about Windrush Day, and find links to some of the online events and projects, on the government’s website.
These celebrations include:
- A digital version of the Enigma of Arrival: The Politics and Poetry of Caribbean Migration to Britain. This will open on Reading Museum’s website at 10am on Monday 22 June and run until Friday 30 October 2020
- Cooking, music, personal stories, and a lecture on Windrush and the NHS hosted on Zoom by Devon Development Education
- An evening of literature and music based on the themes of Windrush, hosted on Zoom by The Geraldine Connor Foundation (Leeds).
- An ‘open mic’ evening of dance, poetry and song on Facebook hosted by Walsall Creative Factory to celebrate the culture and the music of the Windrush generation.