June 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of Windrush. Bringing the first wave of Caribbean migrants to Britain in 1948, this momentous historical event marked the beginning of the mass immigration movement in the UK that resulted in an estimated 172,000 West Indian born people living in the UK by 1961; the ‘Windrush Generation’. To celebrate, GCF will produce a live presentation that will be performed by young people from across Leeds.

The arrival of Windrush was instrumental in initiating multi-cultural Britain. Through politics and art, GCF and partner organisations will explore the significant contribution a migrant community made to the UK culturally and economically, how society has changed with the influences of immigration, and how it continues to change today by the people who live and work here.

From November 2017 until June 2019, GCF will work with young people through weekly sessions to understand the story of Windrush, culminating in a live presentation to be delivered on the 22nd June 2018 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Windrush. Digital resources will also be created, which will be presented by the young people in education, community and public settings from January 2019 and distributed widely through social media and digital networks.

Are you a young creative based in Leeds and fancy getting involved in this exciting new project? Then click here to find out more!

This project has been made possible through funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, for which we are hugely grateful. Thanks also to all our project partner organisations; Caution Collective, Creative Learning Partnerships, Leeds Young Authors, Peepal Tree Press, Molineaux Productions and RJC Dance.