On Saturday 14 October, the iconic Fireworks Factory, Woolwich, came alight with an array of Caribbean inspired activities for ‘75 Ways to Celebrate Windrush75 in Just One Day’.
The event was a celebration of the rich cultural heritage and artistic talents of the Windrush generation and their descendants. From the cultural market, where attendees could purchase vibrant textiles, art, handmade jewellery, books and Black cards, through to a convoy of classic cars in the forecourt captivating attendees and adding a touch of nostalgia.
Visitors were also given a preview of a stunning and inspirational sculpture by the event’s keynote speaker, former British athlete Donald Brown. Weaving in sport, culture and the importance of community connectivity, Brown took the audience through the complex elements of his artwork, bringing the messages to life.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Caribbean event without music though. British Gospel Arts Choir, entertaining steel pan performance by Dougie Dalloway, classical musicians, harpist Ruby Aspinall, James and Michael Francis plus DJ Gilly and more, soundtracked the event, demonstrating the breadth of the musical contributions of the Windrush generation and their descendants.
Michelle Hines, founder of Hines Designs UK shared her enthusiasm about the event’s success, “I’m immensely proud of the outcome of my first major event. ’75 Ways to Celebrate Windrush75 in Just One Day’ was the culmination of a vision. It was truly heart-warming to witness the community come together to honour the Windrush legacy and showcase the broad talent and culture within our society.”
‘75 Ways to Celebrate Windrush75 in Just One Day’ was a demonstration of the strength of unity and the vibrant cultural diversity that makes the Windrush legacy a crucial part of our shared British history.
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