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Celebrates Windrush’s 75th anniversary with multi-arts festival

Bernie Grant Arts Centre returns with its fourth bold and exciting annual festival to pay tribute to the hopes and dreams of the Windrush generation.  BGAC’s Windrush 75 features a week of live music, film, dance, poetry, spoken word, DJs, arts & crafts, pop up stalls, a family friendly block party, a special Windrush art installation and more. Confirmed artists include contemporary ensemble Reggae Choir, professional opera company Pegasus Opera and DJ Donnie Sunshine. The local community were invited to curate this year’s festival, and 300 secondary school children have been working with artists to create their own piece.

This year’s programme is inspired by Professor Laura Serrant’s poem ‘You Called… And We Came,’ a moving and powerful homage to the dreams, sacrifices and felt experiences of the Windrush generation and their descendants.  

Pegasus Opera will present a Windrush Anniversary Concert hosted by international opera star and Artistic Director of the company Alison Buchanan, alongside acclaimed Jamaican folk music singer Adwoa Dickson.

The Black Lens Windrush Special will screen 1972 crime movie masterpiece, The Harder They Come, which was written, produced and directed by Jamaican born Perry Henzell.

The Windrush Block Party concludes the festival with a packed family friendly one-day open-air festival  in the square, featuring live music, spoken word, arts & crafts, pop up stalls and workshops.

Get ready for summer and join us to celebrate the Windrush legacy.

WINDRUSH 75 CELEBRATIONS AT BGAC: Monday 19th - Saturday 24th June 2023

Further Information:  Bernie Grant Arts Centre