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Windrush 70: Black Cultural Archives events

POIGNANT: Windrush Generation

1. Musical Legacies from the Windrush: Allan Wilmott and the Southlanders
Friday 8 June

Join Allan Wilmott on his musical journey back to the 1950s. Share his memories and reflection on how the Windrush generation brought over sounds that shaped the musical landscape of Britain.

After serving in the British Royal Navy and later the Royal Airforce during WWII, Allan returned to London and became a founding member of the Southlanders. He shared the stage with some of Britain’s most popular performers including Jimmy Young, Marty Wilde, Max Bygraves, Tommy Trinder, Petula Clark, Tommy Cooper, Tony Hancock, and Shirley Bassey.


2. Jamaican Cookery
Fridays, 8, 15 and Saturday 23 June

In tribute to the rich cuisine of Caribbean culture brought to the UK after the Windrush, we are offering a three-day taster course of live demonstrations teaching you how to prepare and cook authentic Jamaican dishes. You will learn recipes and cooking techniques for signature dishes such as the renowned jerk seasoning, family favourite homemade saltfish fritters and traditional rum punch.


3. Mothers and Daughters of the Windrush
Wednesday 13 June

Take part in an interactive workshop to explore the resilient nature of our great-grandmothers, grandmothers and mothers and how they created cultural spaces both inside and outside the home, shaping our identities today.

Anthropologist Dr Audrey Allwood and textile design lecturer Rose Sinclair unpick how the mothers and daughters of the Windrush wove together their Caribbean material culture.


4. Conversations Between Generations: Windrush Legacies
Friday 22 June
Free, booking is essential

BCA Youth Forum have collected a series of oral histories from Windrush elders. Join BCA Youth Forum and Young Lambeth Cooperative for an intergenerational conversation to explore why these stories matter today, compare experiences of growing up young and Black and why knowing your history matters. We invite you to join the conversation.


5. Windrush 70 Years On
Saturday 23 June
Free, drop in
£5 for Windrush 70 panel discussion

22 June 1948 marks the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the SS Empire Windrush and a new era of Caribbean people settling in post-war Britain. Brixton became an epicenter for Caribbean culture. Celebrate the foundation of bass culture music as DJs play classic reggae, lovers rock, ska and hip-hop. Talented poets from Poetic Unity will perform inspired new work. Children can get creative with craft workshops and face-painting. And for those who want to share in conversation join us to consider the waves of cultural, political and economic legacies left by this tenacious generation.


6. The NHS and Windrush at 70:
Gary Younge on Race, Migration and the Health of the Nation
Tuesday 26 June

Gary Younge’s mother came to Britain from Barbados in 1961 to be a nurse. In the
year that celebrates the 70th anniversary of both the arrival of Windrush and the creation of the National Health Service, Gary explores the issues of race, racism and migration through the contributions immigrants have made, and continue to make, to Britain’s most treasured


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