Over two weeks in June 2019, we presented a Windrush Festival that celebrated the vital contribution the Windrush generation and their descendants have made to the UK.  Our series of events, performances and conversations culminated on a day of celebration on the 22nd June of Haringey’s proud history of migration, advocacy and local pride. Attended by over 1400 people, here are some of the highlights!

In conversation with David Lammy & Dotun Adebayo – A very special in-conversation as David Lammy and broadcaster Dotun Adebayo discussed politics, activism and why a hostile environment affects us all. 

Memories In Mind – With stunning original vocals, instrumental music, spoken word and film, award winning composer Shirley J Thompson OBE and guest artists brought compelling narratives and memories of from the Windrush experience to life.

New Daughters of Africa Literature Event – Margaret Busby’s major new global anthology of writing by over 200 women of African descent, came to the Bernie Grant Arts Centre with an evening of literature, poetry and prose by women of Caribbean heritage, including Zadie Smith and Candice Carty-Williams.

Rude Boy Film Screening – The journey of Trojan Records goes from Duke Reid to Double Barrel, encompassing Roots Reggae, Rude Boys, Sound System culture, Ska and Rock Steady. 

Small Island (NT Live) The play follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK


Windrush Festival Day 

Windrush day had a packed programme of free music, dance, talks, food, workshops and much more as the Bernie Grant Art Centre celebrates the vital contribution the Windrush generation and their descendants have made to the UK.  Included workshops with dance legend Namron OBE, workshops by Island Girls Rock, Black Book Swap and a performance by Arts Bridge and Tottenham’s very own award-winning street dance troupe, Steppaz!

Windrush Talks – Bernie’s Book Club: The Lonely Londoner In depth and lively discussion of The Lonely Londoners, by Trinidadian author Samuel Selvon.  

Island Girls RockTo encourage Caribbean women around the world to share their stories and experiences in spaces created expressively for them whilst nurturing and encouraging pride in their unique talents and perspectives

Windrush Talks – Why A hostile Environment affects us all – The Windrush scandal has disrupted thousands of lives. People have been detained, deported and denied their legal rights. But what happens next, what is the hostile environment policy and how does it affect us all? 

A huge thank you from the BGAC team to everyone who came to our events and to all of the poets, writers, musicians, performers, speakers and local businesses who took part, reflecting on and celebrating the contribution of the Windrush Generation