Monday 22nd June marks the anniversary of ‘Windrush Day’

Dear all,

Windrush Day was introduced on 22 June 2018, on the 70th anniversary of the date when hundreds of passengers from the Caribbean, who answered the British Government’s call to help rebuild post war Britain, arrived to the UK aboard the MV Empire Windrush. 

Windrush Day is intended to recognise and honour the significant contributions of the Windrush Generation to British social, cultural and political life

Below is a small selection of events and blogs about how the day is being celebrated, remembered and understood in Leeds and beyond.

Can You Poet presents “Windrush: Homecoming, Betrayal and the Hostile Environment”
Saturday 20 June 2020
18:00 – 20:00
About: Spoken word all around race, immigration and diasporic identities, vital in discussions about the Windrush, featuring a talk by a guest (TBA).

Register your attendance on Eventbrite.

Celebrating the Windrush Generation
Date: Monday 22 June 2020
14:00 – 16:00
About: The Leeds BME Hub, in partnership with Leeds City Council, are holding an online Windrush Celebration Event via Zoom. The programme of the event:
Welcome – Open with a Song
Sharing History Through Stories and Readings
Bring an Item Special to You and Tell Us the Story Behind It
Celebrate Culture

See further details online.

Windrush Foundation Celebrate Windrush Day
Date: Monday 22 June 2020
17:00 – 19:00 & 20:00 – 22:00
About: Windrush Commemorative event featuring presentations, poetry, readings, music, Q&A, presented by the Windrush Foundation.

Further details will follow on Eventbrite.

Geraldine Connor Foundation presents “Generations Dreaming”
Date: Monday 22 June 2020
19:00 – 21:00
About: Celebrate National Windrush Day with a special online event. Through interviews, poetry readings and musical performances, Khadijah Ibrahiim and Emily Zobel Marshall will take you on a journey to celebrate the impact that the Windrush Generation has had and continues to have on Britain.

Visit the event web page for further information.

Windrush: Movement of the People