Updated: 16 June 2021
The Oxford Windrush Group has announced its programme for this year’s national Windrush Day, which is on Tuesday 22 June. As in previous years, events will take place in the weeks leading up to and following the day itself.
More details and confirmation of times will be released over the coming few weeks, but for now, get these dates in your diaries! You can keep up to date with what is happening by visiting the Oxford Windrush Facebook page.
Tuesday 25 May | Remembrance
On the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, the Oxford Windrush Group will host an In Conversation With event at the Oxford Brookes Creative Industries Festival. The talk will feature Euton Daley (Unlock the Chains Collective), Amantha Edmead (Kuumba Nia Arts) and Haroun Shah (Nostalgia Steelband and Carnival Club) who will discuss the history of diverse arts and cultural forms in the UK as well as current initiatives and future possibilities for Caribbean creative expressions.
Oxford-based writers and filmmakers, Femi Nylander and Rob Lemkin are producing African Apocalypse, a feature-length documentary to be shown on BBC. This harrowing yet urgent documentary will shine a lens on the trauma and legacy of colonialism in one of Africa’s poorest nations, Niger, and will also bring the story back to Oxford.
Friday 18 - Saturday 19 June | Still Breathing
Unlock the Chains Collective at Arts at the Old Fire Station
Still Breathing voices collectively felt fears, frustrations, fatigue, and anger at yet another black life being taken by a system that is meant to be there to protect. Through a fusion of dance, music, song and spoken word, these performances explore a sense of hopelessness, deja vu, resilience and a renewed spirit of hope in the struggles for equality, justice and freedom. This project is supported by Oxford Playhouse, The North Wall Arts Centre, Dancin’ Oxford and TORCH.
Saturday 19 June | See, Think, Wonder, Create
Templars Square Shopping Centre, Cowley, Oxford
Experience taster workshops, performance demonstrations, and even a carnival with steel pan, African drums, and dancing! At See, Think, Wonder, Create, you will be able to discover objects and specimens from the museums and gardens of the University of Oxford and share your own creativity through family-friendly arts and crafts activities supported by Museum of Oxford and Oxford Brookes.
Tuesday 22 June | National Windrush Day Memorial Lecture
Join the Oxford Windrush Group at 6.30pm for an online Windrush Memorial Lecture with Dr Rose Sinclair. Rose's research investigates the use of CAD/CAM for creative development and the textile history of Caribbean women in the UK.
The talk will be followed by a Q&A session as well as the opportunity to find out more about the Windrush compensation schemes.
Please register to attend the lecture and receive the Zoom link.
Friday 25 and Saturday 26 June | Belonging
Gloucester Green Market – part of the Offbeat Festival
Belonging is an innovative combined arts project that explores people, place, and identity. It will collect people’s stories and thoughts around the theme of belonging – what does it mean to belong? How do we know when we belong? These ideas will then be used to produce art that will be collated into a tapestry and writing that will inspire a new piece of performance, both works to be developed for 2022.
Sunday 4 July | Taste and Feel of the Caribbean
Part of Cowley Road Carnival
Whilst not on the streets again this year due to the pandemic, a group of young people will attempt to recreate the taste, feel, colour and look of the 26 Caribbean Islands. No mean feat and possibly a world record!? Expect flags, food, headdresses, and lots of vibrant colours.
Don’t forget – still open to visit:
Caribbean Living Room | Exhibition
58 Between Towns Road, Oxford
At Templars Square in Cowley, you will find a pop-up exhibition with a difference! In 2018, ACKHI and BK.LUWO created a reconstruction of a typical West Indian front living room from the 1960s at the Museum of Oxford to mark the 70th anniversary of the docking of the SS Empire Windrush. Head over to 58 Between Towns Road to learn more about and hear the experiences of the Windrush Generation.
Nice Cup of Tea? | Art installation | Open from 17 May
Gallery 40, Ashmolean Museum
The Nice Cup of Tea? installation, by artists Enam Gbewonyo and Lois Muddiman in collaboration with Bk.Luwo and Fran Monks, was part of the Oxford Windrush 2019 programme to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the docking of the SS Empire Windrush.
A cup of tea represents comfort for many of us, but every sip connects us to the legacy of the British Empire, global trade and transatlantic slavery. The fashion for drinking sweetened tea from China inspired the luxury tea sets in the Ashmolean European Ceramics Gallery. Behind this wealth was the brutal exploitation of enslaved people producing sugar in the West Indies.
Crafted over cups of tea, this installation amplifies the stories, lives and resilience of Oxford’s communities, particularly those of Oxford’s Windrush generation and African Caribbean community, many of whom have family links to the transatlantic slave trade.
To keep up to date with Windrush Day events in Oxford, follow the Oxford Windrush Facebook group webpage.