Windrush Day 2023

Windrush Procession

Procession was inspired by the work of local artist Hew Locke and involves local schools and young people. It led to Windrush Square where a programme of performances and speeches will took place. Harnessing the traditional spirit of carnival with art, theatre, and music, Procession set the story of the Windrush migration within the wider context of Caribbean heritage through the themes of Ancestry, Caribbean Roots, Building Britain, Carnival, and Future in celebration of the Windrush generation and their transformative role and contribution to shaping modern Britain. Procession took place along Railton Road, a key artery through Brixton and a historic space for the UK’s black community.

The making of Procession has brought together a number of internationally renowned Lambeth based creative partners. The HMT Empire Windrush float was designed by the Bureau of Silly Ideas. Art direction was by Ray Mahabir of Sunshine International Arts and movement was choreographed by Greta Mendez MBE in collaboration with Oxygen Arts.

On arrival at Windrush Square there will be a programme of performances led by a welcome address by Reverend Bishop Brown, speeches from dignitaries, a performance by Black British Ballet and AkomaAsa Performing Arts Academy.