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Windrush Day 2024

The HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury Docks on 21 June 1948. This defining moment, now celebrated as Windrush Day, marks its 76th anniversary on 22 June 2024. Microgrants up to £500 have been awarded to community events and projects to commemorate the day.

Lewisham is home to many residents from, and descendants of, the Windrush generation., We're gearing up to mark Windrush Day again. It's time to celebrate their vast contributions to our culture and reflect on the enduring legacy of Windrush.

We have partnered with local community groups to offer a fantastic variety of events celebrating the history, achievements, and contributions of the Windrush generation this June and beyond through our Windrush micro-grants programme. You can also find Windrush events at our libraries and at the iconic Broadway Theatre in Catford. Find an event near you in the listings below and keep an eye on this page for updates and ticket booking information.

Grant funded events include:

Irie! Dance Theatre - Friday, 21 June, Grinling Gibbons Primary

A 76th Windrush Anniversary celebration with storytelling, folk singing, dancing, and steel pan performances for all generations.

Brownhill Road Baptist Church - Saturday 22 June, Brownhill Road Baptist Church, Catford

Windrush Friendship Space at Brownhill Road Baptist Church features cultural activities, live music, poetry, dance, storytelling, and a Caribbean-style shared meal. Timings TBC.

Bellingham Community Project, Saturday 22 June, 12-4pm, Bellingham Green

Celebrate Windrush at the Bellingham Festival with the Bonus Pastor School steel pan band, community stories, and Caribbean food.

Lewisham Mencap - Monday 17 June, 7pm-9pm, Leemore Centre, Hither Green

Tropical Treats 2024 at Lewisham Mencap includes a street party with a local steel drum band, celebrating culture and history as part of Mencap's Summer of Fun.

Calabash African Caribbean Elders - Saturday, 22 June, Calabash Centre, London

Celebrate Windrush 76 with interactive monologues, music, song, dance, photo galleries, and crafts by Calabash Elders. Timings TBC.

Sandhurst Primary School - Date and timings TBC

A celebration at Sandhurst Primary School for an international evening celebrating the Windrush generation with the community.

Lewisham Local

Timebank Windrush Celebrations at Lewisham Local includes a bring-and-share lunch, choir performance, and storytelling by Timebank members. Date and timings TBC.

Grove Park Community Library

'Uprooting' invites the community to garden together while enjoying Caribbean food and music, inspired by the story "Uprooting." Date and time TBC.

Therapy 4 Healing - Sunday, 23 June, Mindbody Therapy Centre

Windrush Celebrates: Caribbean Culinary Delights & Dominoes at Therapy 4 Healing offers traditional Caribbean cuisine, domino games, music, and rejuvenating therapies. Timings TBC.

Library events

Windrush Craft Clubs

Join our special craft sessions, guided by staff but requiring parental supervision. Unleash your child's creativity and learn about this important part of British history. No bookings required.

Windrush Day Rhymes & Stories, Saturday 22 June 2024 at 10.30am

Join us on Windrush Day, 22nd June, for a special session of stories, nursery rhymes, and songs for children under 5 and their families. No booking needed—meet at The Library at Deptford Lounge! Celebrate the Windrush Generation's contributions to British society since their arrival on HMT Empire Windrush in 1948.

Broadway Theatre

The Windrush Day Concert, Saturday 22 June

Celebrating the sounds of the Blue Spot gram from the Windrush era.  A night of dance, laughter and reminiscing. This family friendly show will have you singing along. From the front room play we have the freedom band playing live music in their 1950s outfits. Hosts Felicity Ethnic comedy & Daddy Ernie.