Charities, community groups and councils across England to receive £500,000 to commemorate the third national Windrush Day
Funding will support exhibitions, digital archives and programmes for schools on June 22 and beyond
Activities will place communities front and centre of Windrush Day 2021 as the nation pays tribute to the Windrush Generation and their descendants
Communities across the country will receive a share of £500,000 to host events marking Windrush Day, Communities Minister Lord Greenhalgh confirmed on 25th May.
Forty-two 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 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.