On June 22 1948, HMT Empire Windrush brought hundreds of Caribbean passengers who would soon make the UK their home, many settling and lending a vibrancy to a London still recovering from the war.
Seventy-one years later, the contribution of the Windrush Generation (those arriving 1948-71) to British society is enormous, not least in London. So no wonder there’s an annual day of celebration in the city with vibrant parties and thought-provoking events.
This year, June 22 falls on Saturday – but Windrush Day events will be taking place this week and beyond.
Here are just some of those events:
- Windrush: Arrival 1948 - an exhibition at London City Hall
- Radiate Windrush Festival in Crystal Palace
- Black Culture Pop-Up Market: Windrush Special
- LESE Race Relations Committee: Celebrate the Windrush Generation
- David Olusaga: Secret Windrush Files
- Windrush Reminisence Room - Windrush Day Street Party in Shepherds Bush
- Get Up, Stand Up! at Somerset House
- Windrush Day 2019 - The Culture& Memory Archives
- Windrush Day at the Migration Museum
- Elephant & Castle walking tour with Barrington
And these websites have listings of many more: