Lambeth: Windrush Day events announced

13 June 2023

Written by: Lambeth Council

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A Windrush 75 parade and town hall reception to honour, celebrate and commemorate the arrival of the Empire Windrush in 1948 is being held in Lambeth as part of the borough’s month long programme to recognise this national milestone.

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Lambeth: Windrush Day events announced

The reception, hosted by FLOetic Lara and featuring live music, will bring talented local people from across Lambeth together to pay homage to the legacy of the individuals that have contributed to and shaped our local culture and heritage.

Residents interested attending the town hall reception from 7pm on Windrush Day, which is June 22, at the Assembly Hall in Lambeth Town Hall should visit eventbrite where 150 tickets are available.

Earlier that same day a Windrush 75 Parade will march from Herne Hill to Windrush Square as part of an event organised by the Brixton Project in partnership with Lambeth Council. The procession is inspired by the work of local artist Hew Locke and involves local schools and young people. It will lead to Windrush Square where a programme of performances will take place from 4.30pm.

Cllr Jacqui Dyer, Lambeth’s Cabinet lead for Inclusive Economy and Equalities, said: “Lambeth, as the first home of the Windrush Generation, is proud to be hosting a month long programme to mark Windrush 75. There’s so much going on as our communities look to embrace this agenda, commemorating the arrival of the Empire Windrush and celebrating how the Windrush Generation and their descendants have contributed massively, while at the same time overcoming the many prejudices they faced after being invited to this country.

“Our events on Windrush Day itself, which is June 22, should be educational, reflective and also entertaining. We want to unite as a community around this agenda to celebrate this major milestone in a uniquely Lambeth way.”

The Windrush Day Procession has brought together a number of internationally renowned Lambeth based creative partners. An HMT Empire Windrush float that will feature is designed by the Bureau of Silly Ideas. Art direction is by Ray Mahabir of Sunshine International Arts and movement has been choreographed by Greta Mendez MBE in collaboration with Oxygen Arts.

Lambeth Council has funded more than 20 organisations to mark Windrush 75 in honour of the borough’s important role in this history of the Windrush Generation. The Empire Windrush landed on 22 June 1948 with many of the arrivals spending their first month in rented lodgings in the deep shelter underneath Clapham South Tube station before settling in Brixton, the site of the nearest labour exchange.

This begin the area’s long celebrated association with Caribbean culture. To learn more and find out more about other events in the borough visit