Windrush Day 2020

Image: ACAVA and The Big Draw Festival, as part of Black History Month 2019


Monday 22 June 2020 marks 72 years since the Empire Windrush arrived in the UK, and it's ever more important now to connect that past to our present.

To commemorate this significant day various organisations have planned online-get togethers, talks and panel discussions, poetry readings and storytellings. To help you navigate through the various events happening on the day we have listed a few below, along with other online resources that will further investigate the impact the Windrush generation has had in the UK.

Windrush Day Events

Burning Work
Monday 22 June 2020, 9.30am
The Windrush Defenders digital forum is joining forces with the West Indian Sports and Social Club, Louise DaCocodia Education Trust and Arawak Walton Housing Association to bridge insights from community testimony, research and legal analysis.
Inspired by the testimony of the Windrush Generation, the aim of the digital forum is to amplify and coordinate the “Burning Work” of key community figures tackling racial disparities in community cohesion, criminal justice, education, health and work.
Book this free event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/burning-work-in-the-wake-of-windrush-tick...

Colourful Radio: Celebrating Windrush Day
Monday 22 June 2020, 10.27am
18 hours of unique broadcast celebrating The Windrush Generation
Event information: http://www.colourfulradio.com/content/event/41927
Listen here: http://colourfulradio.com/player

Reggae Choir
Monday 22 June 2020, 1–2pm
Join Reggae Choir's director Fola Phillip Live via Facebook for an online Reggae Singalong. She will start and end the singalong session with playing a series of golden oldie Caribbean favourites encompassing flavours across the regions.  
Join here: https://www.facebook.com/events/543506313011729/

Windrush Foundation’s Zoom event
Monday 22 June, 5-7pm and 8–10pm
Presentations, poetry, readings, music, Q&A and a review of key events that affected the Caribbean community over the years, as well as a look to the future.
Register for free and tune in here: https://windrushfoundation.com/news/windrush-day-zoom-events/

Lecture "Where Are We Now?" delivered by Professor Stephen Small
Monday 22 June, 6pm
Tickets are £5 and can be booked here: https://serendipity-uk.com/events/windrush-day-lecture-where-are-we-now/

Windrush Waves
Monday 22 June 2020 7–8pm
Live poetry event celebrating the heroes of the Windrush generation. Organised by the Black Cultural Archives and Poetic Unity.
Watch on Instagram Live: https://www.instagram.com/bcaheritage/

Generations Dreaming
Monday 22 June 2020, 7pm
Presented by the Geraldine Connor Foundation (Leeds) this event will take the format of an online learning resource and evening of literature and music based on the themes of Windrush and passing on stories and culture to the next generation.
Book here: https://www.gcfoundation.co.uk/Event/generations-dreaming

State of Trust (South West England) Live Panel
Monday 22 June 2020, 7pm
Featuring artists from State of Trust’s Remembering Windrush project hosted by journalist and broadcaster Terry Baddoo.
Book this free event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/live-panel-windrushhour-1-tickets-108537131482

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery’s Windrush Day Online Event
Monday 22 June 2020, 7.30pm
Talk by Patrick Vernon and panel discussion with Dr. Bert Williams MBE and Shirley Williams: reminiscence and reflections on the impact of Windrush to our collective memory and national cultural life.
Book this free event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/windrush-presence-2020-digital-launch-eve...

Alive & Kicking (Leeds & Bradford)
Monday 22 June 2020
Writer Trish Cooke will be celebrating online with readings from some of her children's books
Watch video here: https://vimeo.com/430443822
And here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-uVX7mGuwg

National Maritime Museum (Greenwich)
Monday 22 June, various times
Working in partnership with the Caribbean Social Forum and University of Greenwich to develop online resources, talks and events involving different generations to explore Windrush and what it means to people today.
More information: https://www.rmg.co.uk/see-do/windrush-day

Stream the adaptation of Andrea Levy's Small Island via National Theatre's YouTube
18–25 June 2020
Andrea Levy's Orange Prize-winning novel follows the interconnected stories of several characters — bouncing between Jamaica and the UK, and spanning the 1940s. 
Watch it here: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/nt-at-home-small-island

Decolonising the Archive: Fresh Off the Boat
Monday 22 June to Monday 29 June
Series of eight radio plays bringing Windrush legacies into sharp focus through the issues of the moment. Black theatre collective African Tales From The Hip draw on archive collections from the Black Cultural Archives and their own personal experiences to bring some crucial conversations to the table.

Through a Different Lens (Berkshire)
Thursday 25 June, 7pm
A Caribbean Stories poetry workshop, as part of their Windrush poetry competition.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/caribbean-stories-writing-poetry-workshop...


Windrush Day Reading Lists

Lambeth Libraries
List of books mixing fiction, biography, photography and more.
View the list here: https://www.listchallenges.com/windrush-reading-list

Black History Month Library
Folder: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bz011IF2Pu9TUWIxVWxybGJ1Ync

Windrush Day Useful Websites

Lambeth Council Windrush Day 2020
Lambeth Council has collated resources for Windrush Day 2020, from downloadable activity packs to help you decorate your windows and doorsteps, to community-created playlists, and events to join online.
Website: https://love.lambeth.gov.uk/windrush-day-2020/
Share your creations on the day: https://www.instagram.com/windrushlambeth/

Black Cultural Archives Collections
Explore the Black Cultural Archives collections online and learn more about the Windrush Generations in Lambeth.
Website: https://blackculturalarchives.org/collections

Black Cultural Archives Events
Competitions, storytelling, and art inspired by the BCA collection happening from Monday 22 June 2020.
Website: https://blackculturalarchives.org/ww20

Decolonising The Archive
Navigate through projects and events that investigate the Pan-African archive by engaging with the past in order to understand the present.
Website: http://www.decolonisingthearchive.com/

BFI Black Britain
Watch for free films of Black culture, community and characters.

Brent 2020 No Bass Like Home
Celebrating Brent’s vital place in reggae history by asking the local community – DJs, musicians, shop owners, promoters and music lovers – to share their stories to create a new digital archive of interviews, images and resources documenting Brent’s music history for a new generation. Explore the Reggae Archive - looking at themes of pioneering artists, fandom, women in reggae and sound system culture.
Website: https://www.brent2020.co.uk/programmes/no-bass-like-home/
Map: https://www.brent2020.co.uk/galleries/no-bass-like-home-reggae-map/

Autograph Windrush Day Artist Commission
Senegalese artist Omar Victor Diop’s artist commission reinterprets a key moment in Britain’s cultural history of migration: "The photographs I researched from the era show men from the Caribbean dressed in stylish suits, hats, posing for the camera and captured at this moment of a change, when a new phase in their lives is about to begin, full of hope and anticipation.”
Website: https://autograph.org.uk/blog/windrush-day/

Stuart Hall Foundation
Website: http://stuarthallfoundation.org/

Migration Musem
Website: https://www.migrationmuseum.org/


Windrush Day Social Media

Black History Walks
Walks, talks and films on the African history of London.

Black Cultural Archives 
Black Cultural Archives is the only national heritage centre dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain.

Decolonising the Archive
Projects and events that investigate the Pan-African archive by engaging with the past in order to understand the present.

The Black Curriculum
A social enterprise that delivers Black British history through the arts, in schools and out of schools to all young people in the UK.
The Free Black University
Hub for radical and transformative knowledge production which fights to decolonise education.

Poetic Unity
Brixton based charity using poetry as a tool to support young people create positive change in their lives.

Lambeth Archive
History and talks of the black community in Lambeth.

A UK campaign led by students from former British colonies seeking to mandate the teaching of colonial history.


Windrush Day Hashtags