Windrush is an annual celebration that commemorates the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush, its passengers and descendants who have made a huge contribution to the UK’s cultural, social and economic life over the decades. Lambeth is home to many of these descendants.
The theme for Lambeth’s cross-borough Windrush celebrations 2022 is We Are Here. Lambeth Council’s Windrush Day programme 2022 is being delivered by the The Brixton Project in collaboration with community groups and cultural organisations across the borough.
We Are Here invites us to learn about the history, stories, and experiences of the Windrush generation and their descendants, ensuring their legacy is recognised and celebrated across Lambeth.
Lambeth’s Windrush celebrations will acknowledge and amplify the presence of the Windrush generation and their descendants within Lambeth, highlighting the contribution they continue to make to our community.
A proud and joyous reclamation of Black Britishness, We Are Here re-asserts what it means to belong, with Windrush stories taking centre stage in Lambeth’s buildings, streets, and landmark institutions.
Whilst many aspects of Caribbean culture have been absorbed into mainstream British society, We Are Here challenges us to dig deeper into the rich and nuanced histories the Windrush generation brought with them, making visible their legacy in Lambeth’s cultural fabric and our shared local DNA.
The Windrush Festival takes place from 17 to 26 June.
Taking place at the historic Brixton Recreation Centre, the launch event will re-activate the space as a central hub for community, engaging audiences in and around Brixton Station Road and ensuring those who know, love and relate to the film feel welcome at the event.