June 2018 marked the 70th anniversary of Windrush. Bringing the first wave of Caribbean migrants to Britain in 1948, this momentous historical event was 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’.
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. Work developed during the first half of this project culminated in a production, Sorrel & Black Cake, that was performed on 22nd and 23rd June 2018 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Windrush.
Digital resources will now 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.
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.