Haringey to celebrate Windrush Day 

The immense contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants will once again be celebrated in Haringey.

Residents will come together before, during and after Windrush Day on Saturday 22 June for a packed schedule of cultural events and activities for all the family as well as engaging discussions.

These include:

  • Bruce Castle Museum will be organising a Black history walk along West Green Road (Thursday 20 June, 10:30am-12:30pm) to Althea McNish’s home and blue plaque to help commemorate the much-celebrated, late textile designer’s centenary year.
  • The year 2024 marks the tenth anniversary of Haringey-based novelist Andrea Levy’s Small Island novel. Levy (died 14 February 2019) and McNish (died 16 April 2020), passed just 14 months apart, with the former writer’s ashes being buried in nearby Highgate Cemetery.
  • The documentary film ‘The Barrel Children’ will be shown at Hornsey Moravian Church on Priory Road on Saturday 15 June (3pm-7pm). A Q&A session with the producer of the film, journalist Nadine White, will follow the screening.
  • The Bernie Grant Arts Centre shall be having a Block Party (Saturday June 22, 12pm-7:30pm) while Collage Arts will be staging a Windrush exhibition (Saturday June 22, 1pm-3pm).
  • There will be a community garden party at Marcus Garvey Library on the Sunday (23 June, 12pm-4pm) that weekend.

Haringey Council’s joint assistant directors for culture and creativity, Yamin Choudury and Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp CBE, said: “Windrush Day this year promises to be particularly poignant, as 2024 would have been the centenary of Althea McNish’s birth.

“Althea blazed a trail in the textiles industry and her influence and legacy lives on here in Haringey with a blue plaque adorning her former studio on West Green Road.”

The Mayor of Haringey, Cllr Sue Jameson, will be raising the Windrush Day flag in the borough, on Friday 21 June and that event will help set the scene for a lot of activities for Windrush Day.

The Windrush Generation has made contributions to all of Haringey’s life and is an essential part of the borough’s communal life, helping to foster an environment that is kind and supportive of individuals from all over the world.  

The Windrush Generation, which includes the first ship’s passengers, is the group of people who immigrated to Britain from the Caribbean in the Immigration Act in 1971.  

You can see more details about the events here.

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