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Widen Windrush Discussion & National Lobby round up

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Wed, 19 June 2019 19:00 – 21:00

Hosted and chaired by Janet Daby MP (Labour, Lewisham East) join this discussion and round up from the days National Lobby calling for the Windrush Scheme to be widened to include descendants and family members of teh Windrush Generation who arrived after 1988.

Speakers: Janet Daby MP, Patrick Vernon OBE, Grace Brown (Garden Court Chambers), Movement for Justice and Windrush Descendants/family members who have been refused by the Windrush Scheme.

In June 2018 the campaign to #WidenWindrush was launched in parliament by Movement for Justice and Janet Daby MP with the support of David Lammy MP, Eleanor Smith MP and Baroness Hamwee. One year on and over 597 people have been refused by the Windrush Taskforce with no right of appeal. Many of those refused are direct descendants and family members of the Windrush Generation from across the Commonwealth. They are currently excluded by the scheme because they arrived in the UK after 1988 as adults to join their families.

The fact that descendants and family members of the Windrush Generation are still being refused, detained and deported is a national scandal. There can be no justice for the Windrush generation while their sons, daughters, grandchildren, nephews and nieces are being deported.

This meeting is a chance to have your voice heard by MP’s and to hear about the legal and political campaign to widen the Windrush Scheme. We are especially calling on all those who have been refused by the scheme to step forward, come to the meeting, lobby your MP during the day, tell your story and show exactly why MP’s need to be taking action on this issue.

The Windrush Scandal cannot be resolved without including the descendants and family members who came later – come to the meeting, join the campaign!

Date And Time

Wed, 19 June 2019

19:00 – 21:00

Palace of Westminster

Committee Room 9 

London 

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The Windrush Hour Project by State of Trust

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I came across this wonderful initiative called State of Trust, a charitable project set up State of Emergency, a performance and production company established in 1986 with a wide network of artists and a proven track record of delivering high quality work.

State of Trust was launched to address social need, provide education, and support community cohesion through arts activity. Their projects include literacy for hard-to-reach young people, inclusive dance and movement practice, and an historic archiving initiative.

I caught up with Steve Marshall, who founded State of Emergency with Deborah Baddoo. Steve is a Grammy-nominated English singer and producer who’s worked and studied with artists around the world, including Clifford Jarvis, Nigerian percussionists Jimmy Scott and Sonny Akpan, and reggae legend Lee “Scratch” Perry. Deborah Baddoo MBE is a performer and choreographer in the fields of jazz and African contemporary dance. She was awarded an MBE for services to British dance in 2010, in recognition of her work supporting the development of new choreographers.

Tell us about your project?

Remembering Windrush, our unique music and dance project featuring a collective of renowned international artists, was all set to tour the UK from May 2020. Presenting live music at key venues, alongside a programme of African-Caribbean dance and music workshops in schools and colleges. All that changed with Covid and so we went ahead with a special online production entitled Windrush Hour 2020.

There is loads to discover on our website at https://www.stateoftrust.net/windrush-hour including live performance films and Zoom panels featuring renowned British and Caribbean artists discussing the influence of the Windrush Generation and their descendants on UK society and culture.

How have you engaged the public with your project, what feedback have you had?

In 2020, Covid-19 and the resulting lockdowns meant we engaged the public through online content including film, live webinars, online classes, website experiences, a gallery, and downloadable resources. We had an enormous response, it was very successful.

Who engaged with your project the most?

We developed an online audience for ‘Remembering Windrush’ with support from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Church Urban Fund and PRS for Music Foundation’s Open Fund. We reached almost 100,000 people including young people, with our online audience evenly spread between the UK and the Caribbean, particularly London, Bristol, Kingston and Spanish Town in Jamaica and Bridgetown in Barbados.

Why is Windrush Day important?

It helps to raise awareness of the positive side.

Why should we all be recognising Windrush Day?
Because of the enormous contribution made by the Windrush Generation and their descendants to UK society and culture.

What does Windrush Day mean to you?

It’s a celebration of that contribution and a memorial to the sacrifices the Windrush Generation made.

How are you celebrating Windrush Day this year?

We’re giving a talk online on 22 June and through the year we plan to provide music and dance workshops in schools and colleges, tour a special music roadshow featuring key Caribbean and jazz musicians, present live webinar events covering a variety of themes linked to Windrush, and offer online presentations, including classes and tips for aspiring artists.

How can people get involved and support the project?

Please come to one of our roadshow events! They’ll be on from 4 October 2021 to 3 April 2022, dates to be confirmed.

We’ll definitely be heading to a roadshow so see you there! Find out more at www.stateoftrust.net and follow @windrushhour on Instagram for updates


The Front Room Exhibition at the Museum of the Home, Hackney

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For the Museum of the Home, Windrush Day is less a celebration, and more of a commemoration, that takes place on and after Tuesday 22nd June 2021, the same day of the week that Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Cruise Terminal in 1948.

The settling into Britain by the West Indians of the Windrush generation was featured by the Museum in its West Indian Front Room installation.

We invited Danielle Patten, Museum of the Home Research Curator and Michael McMillan the curator of the original and updated iconic heritage installation The West Indian Front Room to tell us more about their new exhibition. First, we looked back at The West Indian Front Room exhibition which ran in 2005/06 and was a very successful installation. It’s success may have been down to the fact it resonated emotionally with visitors, particularly black and brown people for it was the first time many were able to see themselves within a museum display and to have their place in British social history recognised. Their response to the exhibition was overwhelmingly positive prompting many to share their experiences of the West Indian front room or personal stories of migration. However, the display became more than a representation of a Black British home as it helped other migrant diasporas and those with working class experiences to connect with the exhibition and with each other.

This Windrush Day, the 22nd June, the museum’s programme for the new season kicks off with a digital event exploring the history of the Windrush generation, their domestic experience living in the UK, and their legacies. 

The programme includes a series of short films screened via the Museum of the Home’s website: https://www.museumofthehome.org.uk/

and includes Mia Morris, Zerritha Brown and Michael McMillan sitting in The Front Room in conversation about their lived experience of the room.

There is also craft historian and researcher, Dr Rose Sinclair discussing the practices and material culture of soft furnishings in The Front Room including dolls, textiles, and making and starching of crochet doilies.

In the Almshouse Chapel, Michael McMillan discusses with Esther Niles the making of Waiting for Myself to Appear that she performed in during October 2019, now a film installation in this historic space in the Geffrye Almshouse, which was built and named after Sir Robert Geffrye, whose wealth came from sugar, spice and slaves.

There will also be a screening of the Diaspora Kitchen online session via YouTube with Michael McMillan cooking live in his kitchen one of his favourite dishes. This is Jamaican national dish, Ackee and Saltfish and ‘Hard Food’ (ground provisions), through his parents from St Vincent & the Grenadines.

Finally, the interior designer Kemi Lawson, whose Instagram post Cottage Noir has gathered popularity: https://www.instagram.com/cottagenoir/

will share a filmed commentary on her curated home, which includes wallpapers, textiles and artwork made by Black designers and craftspeople, as well as archive material about her ancestors.

The new exhibition will present and bring this important part of Britain’s multicultural history to life. It’s designed to show how African Caribbean migrant families set up home in the UK, and to explore the people, activities, sounds, and material culture that filled the home space.

The museum drawing on its Documenting Homes collection, is sharing memories, experiences, photographs, and objects with visitors and accurately recreating the West Indian front room. The local community have been involved in helping to put this new exhibition together, particularly those who set up home in the 1970s. The partnership with the local community will continue as they help the museum find new ways to represent Windrush stories of home in the museum, and their contribution to homes and homemaking in Hackney.

Subsequent events that will take place in The Front Room will feature cultural activists and arts practitioners, scholars and researchers exploring the material culture, interior design, crafts practices, music and television, spiritual and religious identities, and the cultural political events taking place in the UK and across the African diaspora that took place during the 1970s.

So, in recreating a 1970s migrant front room as a permanent display in the redeveloped Rooms Through Time gallery of the Museum of the Home with the artist/curator and writer Michael McMillan, who produced the original West Indian Front Room, the museum is hoping for another evocative and emotional visitor experience.

For details, visit https://www.museumofthehome.org.uk/explore/museum-in-action/windrush-day-2021/.

Windrush Day 2021 at Firstsite!

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All are welcome to this special Windrush Day event to celebrate Afro-Caribbean culture through stalls, live music, performance and dance. There will also be talks, exhibitions and presentations about Windrush by artists, community leaders and schools.

Come and enjoy performances and live music with Phase 5 Steelpan Band, and musician Gary Cordice, and learn how to dance, Caribbean style.

Explore how we can continue to tell the Windrush story, through a pop up exhibition and legacy film, as well as talks and presentations featuring Lawrence Walker, Chair of Black History Month Colchester, artist EVEWRIGHT, and Josephine Melville from South Essex African Caribbean Association.

African Families in the UK will also present work by schoolchildren at East Bergholt School, who have been creating displays and short films to celebrate Windrush Day 2021.

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12.00 – 3.00pm: Live music in Firstsite foyer

  • Music in the foyer: Phase 5 Steelpan Band & Gary Cordice
  • Windrush Pop Up Exhibition

12.00 – 1.00pm: Talks and presentations

  • Welcome to Windrush Day 2021: Lawrence Walker, Black History Month Colchester
  • Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories: Artist EVEWRIGHT
  • Panel discussion: Lawrence Walker, EVEWRIGHT, Josephine Melville

1.00 – 1.30pm: Performance

  • Windrush Performance by Gary Cordice

1.30 – 3.00pm: Drop in activities

  • Learn how to dance Caribbean style: Drop in workshops
  • Know Your Roots: Sharing stories of culture through hair
  • African Families in the UK present Windrush displays and projects by schoolchildren at East Bergholt School
  • Films and stalls

MAKE A DAY OF IT: EXHIBITIONS AT FIRSTSITE

If you want to make a day of it, there are some fabulous exhibitions on at Firstsite, including Michael Landy’s Break Down: 20 Years and Welcome To Essex, The Great Big Art Exhibition and Art for Life: An exhibition made by Key Workers.

  • Venue: Firstsite, High Street Lewis Gardens, Colchester CO1 1JH
  • Gallery and cafe open daily 10am – 5pm
  • Find out what’s on at firstsite.uk

WINDRUSH DAY

The people of the Windrush, their children and grandchildren have played a vital role in creating a new concept of what it means to be British, and were important pioneers of our multi-cultural society in Britain today.

Windrush Day was introduced in 2018 by the UK government, on the 70th anniversary of the landing of the first Caribbean migrants at Tilbury Docks in Essex, for the purpose of “encouraging communities across the country to celebrate the contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants”. On and around the 22 June every year there will be activities, such as dance performances, exhibitions, talks and debates across the UK.

Windrush Day encourages us to challenge racism, prejudice and discrimination, and celebrate companionship and community. Let’s celebrate!

How will you be celebrating Windrush Day 2021?

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Windrush Day 2021 will soon be upon us. We want to highlight all of the events and activities that will be happening across the UK to celebrate and educate the day and the generation that has been all 42 that have been funded by the government’s Windrush Grant Scheme and all of those others. Please go out support those events listed here but also listen and look out for others in your local area and go and support them b telling our friends and families. We need to keep the focus on the day and getting wider recognition and understanding not just from the Caribbean community but all communities in the UK about the Windrush Generation and their contribution to our country.

Go support all of the projects if you can or those in your area, those that resonate with you in fact if you can please support them all even if it’s just visiting/following them online and reaching out to them. We need to support one another and our communities as a whole. Remember, people are stronger together.

We need to support one another so that Windrush Day truly becomes embedded in the national conscience up and down the country, so all people not just those of the Caribbean diaspora so we continue to honour and recognise the outstanding resilience, creativity and innovation of Caribbeans then and now.

Please let us know if you do go to any of these events or others and let us know your thoughts and comments, share your pictures and recollections of the day. This way we can record the memories and testimonies to preserve and share the stories and experiences for our ongoing archives and foster pride in the Windrush Generation and their contributions to society.

If you are organising any of these or other Windrush Day events or activities so we can list them on r site and help you get the word out.

Thank you to everyone who is involved in Windrush Day events and activities and keeping to focus on great people.

Enjoy Windrush Day 2021 and go out and support these projects!

Some Events and Activities to Support this Windrush Day 2021

492 Korna Klub London – A virtual project of 4 online events, accessed either 1:1 or in groups, at which 30 Windrush volunteers will appear as an interactive ‘human library’.

Leicester Caribbean Cricket Club East Midlands, Documentation of stories from the local Windrush generation who established cricket activities for their community, and the development of resources for local schools/youth clubs from those stories.

Birmingham Museum Trust West Midlands, Commemorating the Windrush generation through 4 short films and interviews; a schools learning resource supported by the digitisation of The Birmingham Black Oral History Project, and an online lecture as part of the Museums on Demand programme.

Prime Theatre South West, An online digital learning resource for schools that will open on Windrush Day, with follow up community activities.

Ipswich Borough Council East of England, An Ipswich Community Radio programme and a town centre event including interviews with key Windrush Generation leaders, which will become archived for use beyond the event.

Gravesham Borough Council South East, A recreation of the arrival of HMS Windrush on the LV21 lightship with stories from the local Windrush generation forming part of an exhibition, and a Windrush Day event with music, dance and food.

Newham Council London, Creative workshops with young people to document the legacy of Caribbean culture in Newham, through the production of soundscapes and photo stories, to be shared with the community through live performances, online events and recordings.

Leeds City College Yorkshire and Humber, ESOL and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) learners interacting with the Leeds Caribbean community through creative workshops, a letter-writing campaign and creation of life storybooks, which will then be presented to the Windrush generation at a celebratory event and shared digitally as an educational resource.

Blackfriars Settlement  Greater London, Creation of a digital archive & soundscape exploring the experiences of and contributions by immigrants from the smaller Caribbean islands, and then touring local schools with the product.

Evewright Arts Foundation South East, Production of monographs as a legacy resource to preserve Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories, an art & sound installation to commemorate the Windrush generation, opening on Windrush Day.

Bernie Grant Arts Centre South East, Their 3rd Windrush Festival with 25 creative events championing a wide range of Caribbean diaspora artists, including an ‘An Evening With Lovers Rock’ on Windrush Day.

Harmony Youth Project North West, A 3 month creative exhibition focused on Windrush with smaller creative projects leading to a final event with a Caribbean church choir, a performance at residential homes by school pupils, live Caribbean music, a seminar on the history of Windrush, and a disco for young people.

Enfield Caribbean Association South East, Production of a book to commemorate the Windrush Generation, a series of short films and a photographic exhibition.

African Caribbean Achievement Project East of England, Documenting the experiences of community members from the Windrush generations as an educational resource for schools and libraries across the UK and hosting the 2nd Annual Windrush Achievement Awards.

Age UK Lambeth London, Workshops with Windrush-generations tradespeople to produce a booklet of their experiences and their contribution to the community through their employment.

Open Doors Forum East Midlands, Capturing Windrush stories via a podcast and videos/short films to produce a ‘mixtape’ alongside music and photographs for publication online, with a magazine, school resource packs and community outreach events.

State of Trust South West, Caribbean music & dance workshops & performances telling the Windrush story for schools & colleges and other venues, with an exhibition and downloads/CDs of music.

Prison Radio Association London, Production of a new, enhanced series of audio programmes (featuring stories from members of the Windrush Generation) to 3 key audiences including a broadcast on NPR.

Equality and Inclusion Partnership (Equip) West Midlands, A series of workshops to gather creative materials that celebrate, share & illustrate the journey of the Windrush generation to the UK, culminating in an exhibition/event.

Real Photography CIC South West, Commemorating the Windrush generation through a book of their experiences and hopes; a new musical arrangement by Bristol Reggae Orchestra; two celebratory events and free online learning resources.

Leicester City Council East Midlands, Creation of large panels commemorating the Windrush story for display at the African Caribbean Centre, with an unveiling event, plus school resources including themed books and participatory workshops.

National Maritime Museum London, Presentation of the Windrush generation’s histories in video & music to complement digitised photographic collection; creation of reminiscence packs for Windrush people experiencing dementia; school workshops and a webinar to share learning.

Advice Support Knowledge Information London, Cultural heritage intergenerational workshops sharing stories of the Windrush generation’s arrival, their lives, traditions, and cultural influences, with a Windrush Day celebration event.

Citizens for Change  West Midlands, A community allotment project to enable the Windrush generation to pass on knowledge and skills about plants, cultivation and cooking, with a celebratory event.

Reprezent London, Training young people in content creation for a week of specialist radio programming (eg, interviews/high-profile guests/features/video content/oral histories/music/DJ sets).

Telford African & Afro-Caribbean Resource Centre West Midlands, Specially designed thank you cards to Windrush elders, a Windrush Day celebration, a Windrush themed art competition and school workshops documenting Windrush oral histories.

The Vine Community Centre East Midlands, Documenting Windrush stories through film & photography, a church service on Windrush Day, costume workshops for Nottingham Carnival and other creative workshops with a legacy day in October.

Calm and Centred CIC Yorkshire and Humber, Renovation of the Mary Seacole Memorial Gardens to enable communities to use them as a place of relaxation, and to deepen understanding about the Windrush generation’s legacy through information displayed within the gardens.

London Transport Museum London, Documenting stories from transport workers across the Windrush generations, with archive footage, to show how post-war direct Caribbean recruitment has shaped London, with a virtual event on Windrush Day, schools workshops and family activities.

Broxbourne Council East of England, Cultural art workshop for schools informing children about the Windrush generation’s contribution to the UK; a market and interactive online sessions and a music event.

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books Collection Trust North East, Development of a Windrush pack for schools, digital learning resources, and public events showcasing British Caribbean writers and their contribution to children’s literature.

Chol Theatre and Arts Company Yorkshire and Humber, A large-scale permanent mural by young people commemorating the contribution of the Windrush generation, inspired by recorded testimonials, with an online schools resource.

Rebel Soul Enterprises CIC t/a Positive Vibration North West, Workshops on dub poetry and traditional Jamaican dance for children and young people, including the promotion of this.

Wycombe Heritage and Arts Trust South East, New museum display focusing on the Windrush contribution to High Wycombe and furniture industries with an event at the museum on Windrush Day.

Fresh Arts C.I.C South East Testimonies from the Windrush generation about their arrival in the UK as children will be turned into a school resource for sharing with primary school children in the same age range, plus a workshop day and digital arts festival.

Kainé Management East Midlands, Workshops to document the experiences of Caribbean Seniors and BAME youth who have migrated to the UK, leading to the creation of a web page and a booklet to be launched in Black History Month at a celebratory event.

Strike A Light (Gloucester) South West, A theatre group led by the Caribbean community will create performances out of stories from the Windrush generation, with a celebratory event and sharing of the stories through live streaming, radio and a film.

Harrow Council London, Composition of a new song and two performances by young musicians, and a Windrush showcase event which will focus on inspirational Windrush stories and include local entertainment.

Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality South East, Interviews of elders and children of the Windrush generation will be recorded and shared through Reading Museum’s virtual Windrush Day event, including schools sessions with live link to Barbados Museum and University of West Indies, and a thanksgiving service and lunch for elders.

Unity Housing Association Yorkshire and Humber, An exhibition of photographs and videos focusing on the contribution made by the Windrush generation to business and social reform in Leeds plus an online educational resource linked to the exhibition.

The Geffrye Museum Trust South East, A programme of events and workshops celebrating the Windrush Generation and their contribution to homes and homemaking in Hackney, launching on Windrush Day with a participatory digital celebration.

Hull Council Yorkshire and Humber are partnering with Museumand, The National Caribbean Heritage Museum to, Print the online book ‘70 Objeks and Tings’ for distribution to schools, libraries and community venues; producing a new book on Caribbean culture in Hull with an online version and an interactive trail, and a Caribbean cultural exhibition to tour community venues.

Windrush then and now – A day to celebrate how the Windrush Generation helped to create the Black British society we know today

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22 June 2021 will mark the fourth national Windrush Day and 73 years since the SS Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks in Essex in 1948 carrying the first Caribbean migrants to the UK to help re-build Britain after the Second World War. 

The Windrush Scandal was a situation created when many of the Windrush Generation suddenly found themselves on the wrong side of immigration legislation because they couldn’t provide the paperwork to prove they had the right to stay in the UK. Either because they’d never been given any paperwork by previous governments in the first place, or because the government had destroyed their own copies of paperwork and suddenly put the onus on individuals to ‘prove’ their right to stay. Many West Indians have been wrongly detained, deported and denied legal rights while they struggled to provide the information required by government. Some in the “hostile environment” created by the government policy are still fighting for justice in 2021.

This year, Black History Month UK is planning to mark Windrush Day by shining a light on how the Windrush Generation laid the foundations for the Black British society we know today. It will also present their amazing legacy to all of British society and feature the contributions they made and continue to make.

We are inviting readers to share what Windrush Day and the Windrush Generation mean to them in 2021, whether it’s a personal experience of migration, the impact a family member has had on their life, how the Windrush spirit lives on in Black British society, or the continued fight for equality and justice marked by the Windrush Scandal.

People are welcome to share their stories and experiences via letter, email or social media, including video and audio clips.

Catherine Ross, Editor of Black History Month UK, who moved to the UK with her family from St Kitts in the 1950s, explained:

“Windrush Day isn’t just about marking a moment in time – the moment when the first of the Windrush Generation set foot in the UK – it’s also about what’s happening now around the diaspora and for different generations of Windrush descendants. 

“The Windrush Generation had an incredible impact on British society and we’d love people to share their stories and experiences. Whether you consider yourself Caribbean or Black British, we all share the same heritage and have developed a unique culture here in the UK – that has grown and evolved over the generations, from 1948 to the present day. I for one am excited to see what’s next, and where we will go from here.” 

To find out more and get involved please:

Email: editor@blackhistorymonth.org.uk

Visit:www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/section/the-windrush/ and www.windrushday.org.uk/

We must honour the legacy of Windrush Day

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No health or care worker should feel alien in this country, says Dame Donna Kinnair in her latest blog to mark Windrush Day.

Today is Windrush Day. Although only the third official celebration, 22 June has been an important date for the British-Caribbean community. On this day in 1948, almost 500 Caribbean ‘invitees’ landed in Tilbury Docks. 

Among that generation were my family, many of whom were nurses in the fledgling National Health Service. Last year, I reflected on the systemic and widespread racism some of my family and their colleagues faced

They dedicated so much to the NHS; it’s one of the reasons I wanted to become a nurse. I will think of them today, their contribution, and the opportunities their journey across the Atlantic afforded me. 

Windrush Day is a celebration but it’s also a moment of pause. The latest report from Public Health England (PHE) shows how historical racism could be why people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds have been affected disproportionately. The spectre of the racism my family faced when they first arrived in the UK has cast a long shadow.  

Our own archives show the story of black nurses in the UK didn’t start with Windrush. In fact, I’m sure the RCN will chronicle the achievements of nursing staff who trained overseas for another 73 years and more. 

But shouldn’t we recognise the outstanding achievement of international health and care workers now? One in 10 registered nurses in the UK came from overseas and each one, and every health and care worker, has played a special role in the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

There’s an easy way for the Home Office to show their thanks this Windrush Day. It doesn’t involve clapping, or medals. 

The best way to honour the legacy of Windrush Day is to ensure no nurse, or health and care worker, who trained overseas, and helped in this pandemic, feels alien in this country. 

Granting automatic, indefinite leave to remain to international health and care workers who helped tackle this virus should be instinctive. The services and support that they provide, though brought to the fore through this pandemic, have always been essential. They are, and always will be, key workers.

The National Theatre announces final titles to be streamed for free this Summer

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A scene from Amadeus, centre Lucian Msamati as Antonio Salieri

The National Theatre today announces a further five productions that will be streamed as a part of the National Theatre at Home series. Established in April to bring culture and entertainment to audiences around the world during this unprecedented period, National Theatre at Home has so far seen 10 productions streamed via the NT’s YouTube channel, with over 12 million views to date. These will be the final titles to be shared for free via YouTube in this period. However, future digital activity to connect with audiences in the UK and beyond is planned, with further details to be announced soon.

The productions will be broadcast each Thursday at 7pm BST for free and will then be available on demand for seven days. Titles added to the programme today include A Midsummer Night’s Dream from the Bridge Theatre, alongside Small Island, Les Blancs, The Deep Blue Sea and Amadeus from the National Theatre.

Leah Harvey and CJ Beckford in Small Island

The 2019 epic theatre adaptation of Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island will be streamed on 18 June. Directed by National Theatre Director Rufus Norris and adapted by Helen Edmundson (Coram Boy, War and Peace), Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. The play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK through three intricately connected stories. Hortense (Leah Harvey Emilia, Julius Cesar) yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert (Gershwyn Eustace Jr Pinocchio, Home) dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie (Aisling Loftus War and Peace, Noises Off) longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. This timely and moving story played on the Olivier stage featuring a company of 40 actors. The production coincides with Windrush Day on the 22 June.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream from the Bridge Theatre

On 25 June the National Theatre will stream A Midsummer Night’s Dream captured live from the Bridge Theatre in 2019. Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy, sees Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (One Man, Two Guvnors), David Moorst (Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom. This production re-unites the team from the 2018 smash hit Julius Caesar including Tony and Olivier award winning director Nicholas Hytner (The History Boys, One Man, Two Guvnors).

The 2016 archive recording of Lorraine Hansberry’s (A Raisin in the Sun) drama Les Blancs, will be streamed on 2 July. Directed by Yaël Farber (The Crucible (Old Vic), Mies Julie, Nirbhaya), this powerful play confronts the hope and tragedy of revolution when a family and a post-colonial African nation fall apart under the pressure to determine their own identity. The cast includes Danny Sapani (Medea, Black Panther, Killing Eve), Siân Phillips (People, Clash of the Titans) and Tunji Kasim (Network, Antony & Cleopatra).

Adetomiwa Edun in The Deep Blue Sea.

Carrie Cracknell’s critically-acclaimed production The Deep Blue Sea, will be streamed on 9 July. This devastating masterpiece by Terence Rattigan, sees Helen McCrory (Medea, Peaky Blinders) playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. Filmed live from the Lyttelton Theatre in 2016, The Deep Blue Sea tells the story of a woman’s tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge.

The 2016 National Theatre production of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, will be streamed on 16 July. This iconic drama, which first appeared on the National Theatre stage in 1979 and was later turned into an Oscar winning film, follows rowdy young musical prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played by Adam Gillen (Fresh Meat, Benidorm). Awestruck by Mozart’s genius, Court Composer Antonio Salieri, played by Lucian Msamati (His Dark Materials, Master Harold and The Boys), has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God. Michael Longhurst‘s acclaimed production features live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

Small Island, The Deep Blue Sea and Amadeus will also be available on YouTube with Audio-Description.

Each title will also feature additional content alongside the production available on the NT’s YouTube channel for audiences to engage further with the work. For Small Island and Les Blancs NT Dramaturg Ola Animashawun will be curating content that explores these plays in the context of the current global conversation around race and their potential to provide meaningful and timely contributions to that discourse.

Lisa Burger, Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive said – During what has been such an isolating time for many people right across the world it has been wonderful to be able to share these productions with both new and existing audiences, and to have the opportunity to showcase the exceptional creative talent working in our industry. The support we, and our partner organisations have received, not only in terms of donations, but through messages of thanks has been so encouraging. We’re delighted to be able to bring these final titles to audiences around the world for free and we look forward to announcing the next stage of our NT at Home programming in due course.”

The final National Theatre at Home Quiz will be available from 7pm on Monday 29 June with Ben Power, Adam Godley, Ben Miles, Simon Russell Beale, Tamsin Greig, Julie Walters, Adrian Lester and Meera Syal posing the questions on topics including the Lehman Brothers, entertainment, and general knowledge. The Quiz is available via the NT’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Productions shown as part of National Theatre at Home are available to watch for free but should viewers wish to make a donation to support the National Theatre, we have launched a public appeal on our home page: nationaltheatre.org.uk.

For more information on NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME go to https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/at-home

Windrush 2020 Message from Cllr Joseph Ejiofor, Leader of Haringey Council

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HMT Empire Windrush arrived at the Port of Tilbury on 21 June 1948 and its passengers disembarked a day later. The ship carried 492 Caribbean migrants, many of them veterans of the Second World War. The ship and its passengers have a symbolic status as the start of the Windrush Generation. The Windrush Generation denotes the people who emigrated from the Caribbean to Britain between the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush on 22 June 1948 and the Immigration Act 1971, including the passengers on the first ship.

Haringey has a proud history of welcoming migrants from all over the world to live and work here. The collection at Bruce Castle Museum and Haringey Archive reflects a long association with diversity – a heritage reinforced with the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush in 1948. The Windrush Generation have contributed to all aspects of life in Haringey and are integral to community life in the borough helping to create a welcoming, nurturing environment for people from all over the world.

The Windrush Generation, and their descendants have made a large contribution to not only Haringey but Britain’s cultural, social and economic life.


Windrush 2020

For Windrush Day 2020 we are presenting a collection of films, images and exhibitions highlighting the stories, memories and significant contribution the Windrush Generation and their descendants have made, and continue to make, to our borough and British life beyond. 

Watch our community films, read the stories – all made and told in Haringey – and get involved by creating your own oral histories, photographs and memories to be added to our archive.

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Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories – A Tribute to the Windrush Generation

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British Artist Everton Wright (EVEWRIGHT) to create Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories a unique outdoor site specific Art Installation at Tilbury Cruise Terminal Essex.

Evewright Arts Foundation have to announced that artist EVEWRIGHT will create Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories a unique outdoor site-specific Art Installation at Tilbury Cruise Terminal Essex between September – October 2020.

This outdoor art and sound installation will be launched in Art Autumn and as part of Black History Month as we emerge out of isolation to bring this important work to you. This has been a time to reflect on the impact of Covid -19 and how, through this artwork, we respond to commemorate and memorialise the lives of the Windrush Generation and their legacy.

The bridge will be a memory walk of images and documents installed on 552 panes of glass representing the lives of Windrush pioneers and descendants. The installation features a soundscape of new and existing audio stories that visitors can download on to their devices using QR codes. The Tilbury Bridge installation will be used as a back drop to a series of live performances from selected artistic practitioners curated by Artist EVEWRIGHT. The theme of ‘Transition for renewal’ will be explored through experimental drawing, sound, movement, and words.

Caribbean elders were once the key workers that kept the National Health Service, public transport and the factories working, a role which many of their descendants now fill. This period has sadly seen a significant loss of Caribbean elders and black key workers who have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 virus.

YOUR STORIES

Families of the Windrush generation will be invited to submit an image of their parents / grandparents or elders taken between the 1950’s-1970’s of key moments such as passport, wedding or photographs in their work uniforms. The hi-resolution image should be sent with 50 words including the person’s name and career. They will form part of the artist’s installation on the bridge so that their lives can be commemorated. The call out will be launched online on Windrush Day June 22nd. For advanced information on how you can submit your images please send an email to hello@evewrightstudio.com

EVEWRIGHT developed the original Caribbean Takeaway Takeover to create Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories a new installation brought to Tilbury Port an iconic location which has an historic significance to the black community. This artwork is a unique statement memorialising the lives of those that carried their British passports proudly with hope and expectation as they passed through the original walkway where SS Empire Windrush passengers, in 1948 arrived. They were the first post war wave of British colonial citizens to disembark from the passenger ship at Tilbury Cruise Terminal and this location is symbolic of the many that followed that journey to the UK..

Speaking with us; EAF Creative Artistic Director EVEWRIGHT ( Everton Wright ) said: “It is a delight to continue the development of our Caribbean Takeaway Takeover series. Over the past 3 years we have put a spotlight on the lives of our Windrush elders and will continue to collect and tell their stories and those of their descendants particularly in this unusual period of the Covid-19 Pandemic which brings its own challenges. My dear mother Clarice Agatha Reid a Windrush elder who took part in the installation with her stories, passed away in April. It a timely reminder that It’s more important than ever that we preserve our elders’ stories, before they are gone, to commemorate their legacy and their contribution to British Society. Love You Mum.”

Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said  “We are a better country for the central role British Caribbean communities have played in post-war Britain. British Caribbean communities have made Britain a better, more prosperous country in so many ways.  They have made an incredible contribution to their country.”

Paul Dale, Asset and Site Director at The Port of Tilbury said: “Forth Ports is privileged to be part of the Windrush history through its connection with the arrival of The SS Empire Windrush at The Port of Tilbury on the 22nd June 1948. The EVEWRIGHT exhibition will be displayed on the passenger footbridge down to the Tilbury Ferry, and will be of keen interest to those wishing to understand more about this part of our local history.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to PinterestShare to LinkedIn

WINDRUSH DAY: The Invaluable & Lasting Contribution of the Windrush Generation to the NHS

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Bringing the first group of more than half a million migrants who would go on to not only settle in the UK but make a significant and lasting contribution to its infrastructure, economy, and culture. Come and acknowledge the invaluable contribution made by that generation to the NHS and reflect on the current status of Equality and Inclusion in the Civil Service.

The details are as follows:

Programme

12.30 – Welcome  – Justin Placide, Civil Service Race Forum network co-chair.

12.35 – Sarah Harrison, Department for Business and Energy DG and Race Champion – reflections on diversity and inclusion.

12.40 – Video comprising tributes to the Windrush generation NHS worker from Richard Heaton, Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Justice, Civil Service Race Champion, and a cross section of Windrush generation descendants and their colleagues that work in the civil service.

12.45 – Dr Myrtle Emmanuel PHD, University of Greenwich – presentation on ‘The history and experiences of  the Windrush NHS workers and their intergenerational impact.

13.00 – Allyson Williams MBE – reflections on her experience of working as a nurse in the NHS.

13.05 – Norma Hibbert – reflections of on her experience of working as nurse in the NHS and the impact of the Windrush scandal on her immigration status.

13.10 – Q&A

This event has been organised by the Civil Service Race Forum in corporation with the University of Greenwich and BAME networks from BEIS, DIT, the Home Office, DfT, FCO, MOD, MoJ and DfE

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