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Windrush 70 Years On

Photo by Howard Grey. Part of Black Cultural Archives collection. 

Photo by Howard Grey. Part of Black Cultural Archives collection. 

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the SS Empire Windrush and a new era of Caribbean’s settling in post-war Britain. After a call-out for help to rebuild the Britain after the second World War many played crucial roles and took on jobs as nurses, engineers, teachers and a myriad of roles with Transport for London. Brixton became an epicenter for Caribbean culture as the strong influences of music, cuisine and fashion flourished within its community.

BCA will celebrate this special day with a family celebration of music, poetry, arts and crafts and talks. Celebrate the foundation of bass culture music as DJs play classic reggae, lovers rock, ska and hip hop. Talented poets and spoken word artists 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.

Free courtyard activities, music, poetry and children’s workshops including: 

Domino Tournament, 12pm-5.30pm 
Kids arts workshops, 12pm & 3pm
Caribbean cooking live demonstrations, 12.30pm
Live poetry, performances, and music from DJ Croc from One Nation Sound from 12pm-6pm  

£5 for Windrush 70 panel discussion: Visions and Voices from the Windrush: A Cultural Legacy, 3.00pm-4.30pm.

BCA Friends benefit from priority booking, tickets go on sale 8 May 2018. General tickets on sale 15 May 2018. 

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