Windrush Day 2021 launches with £500K for celebrations

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LONDON, England – Communities across the country will receive a share of £500,000 to host events marking Windrush Day, Communities minister Lord Greenhalgh confirmed May  25, 2021.

Windrush Day

2019 saw the first national Windrush Day take place, with activities and events up and down the country. Through educational workshops, theatre performances and historical exhibitions communities honoured that landmark day over 70 years ago when the MV Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks.

This year, 42 projects from across the country will be funded this year as the nation pays tribute to the outstanding contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants on 22 June 2021.

This year’s projects have a particular focus on working with schools and recording the memories and testimonies of the Windrush Generation for the future, telling their stories and celebrating how they have shaped Britain’s heritage.

Funded projects will hold a rich and wide-ranging series of events, including:

  • A recreation of the arrival of MV Empire Windrush at Tilbury with virtual storytelling sessions for children;
  • A showcase of British Caribbean writers and their contribution to children’s literature with digital learning resources for schools in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne;
  • Performance workshops for children and young people on dub poetry and traditional Jamaican dance in Liverpool;
  • A museum display focusing on the Windrush Legacies contribution to High Wycombe and the furniture industries
  • Recording testimonies from the Windrush generation in Harrow about their arrival in the UK as children which will be shared with primary school children of the same age;
  • A community radio programme and event in Ipswich town centre including a steel band, Windrush lectures and an interactive exhibition.

Communities minister Lord Greenhalgh, said: “This year’s Windrush Day will be a chance for all of us to come together, either in person or virtually, to applaud the contribution British Caribbean communities have made to all aspects of our society.

“Communities are planning for a brilliant array of events on 22 June, from radio programmes curated by young people, to exhibitions around the country, to workshops in schools, to music, theatre and dance productions. All of these events will commemorate and record the outstanding legacy of the Windrush Generation and inspire our children so that generations to come will remember the huge contribution they made and continue to make to this country.”

This year’s successful projects were chosen by an independent panel made up of community and government representatives, including individuals who sit on the Windrush Community Funds and Schemes sub-group.

Chair of the Windrush Community Funds and Windrush Schemes group Paulette Simpson CBE, said: “As we approach Windrush Day 2021, I am delighted that 42 projects from across the country will benefit from funding for activities to celebrate and commemorate our Caribbean communities.

“This year we have focused on schools in order to share stories about the Windrush Generation and their descendants, so that children will know, and always remember, the enormous contributions the Windrush Generation made and continue to make for this country.”

Windrush Day 2021 will build on the success of the past two years, in which nearly 100 projects have benefitted from funding to celebrate the British Caribbean community’s culture and heritage.

Successful projects can use their funding to mark Windrush Day 2021 or launch their projects on June 22, to run throughout the year, following the impact of COVID-19.

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The British government invited colonial subjects in the Caribbean to fill a postwar labor shortage. The first large group arrived on Empire Windrush on June 21, 1948.Credit…Daily Herald Archive/SSPL, via Getty Images

The Windrush Generation

Windrush Day marks the anniversary of the arrival of MV Empire Windrush at the Port of Tilbury, near London, on June 22, 1948. The arrival of the Empire Windrush nearly 73 years ago marked a seminal moment in Britain’s history and has come to represent the rich diversity of this nation.

Those who arrived on the Empire Windrush, their descendants and those who followed them have made and continue to make an enormous contribution to Britain, not just in the vital work of rebuilding the country and public services following WWII but in enriching our shared social, economic, cultural and religious life.

Overcoming great sacrifice and hardship, the Windrush Generation and their descendants have gone on to lead the field across public life, in business, the arts and sport. Britain would be much diminished without their contribution.

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