The National Memorial Arboretun, in Alrewas, Staffordshire, will on Sunday 6 August host Carnival Windrush. The event will commemorate the anniversary of the docking of HMT Empire Windrush in the UK some 75 years ago, when it brought hundreds of Caribbean migrant workers to British shores.
All are welcome at this free event, which will include a diverse range of musical performances including a key feature from the Black Voices group. Attendees will also be entertained by dancers and poets, who will invigorate them with their rich interpretation of Caribbean-British culture.
The carnival will also host numerous steelpan workshops, as well as arts and crafts stalls. Other artists in attendance will be The Notebenders and The Reggae Choir. Nikki Tapper, a BBC Radio presenter and the host of the carnival, expects the event to be a fantastic celebration of Caribbean history and heritage.
Between 1948 and 1971, Britain was home to five hundred thousand immigrants from the Caribbean, who had mainly come to supply labour after the Second World War. They were subsequently known as the Windrush Generation – the name eponymous with the ship that brought some of the first immigrants to Tilbury Docks, Essex on 22 June, 1948.