Online Windrush Community Celebrations

Cohesion Plus in partnership with the North Kent Caribbean Network and the Kent Equality Cohesion Council, supported by Arts Council England have organised a special online event in celebration of the Windrush generation. The event which is due to take place on Windrush Day Monday 22nd June will see members of the local community as well as civic guests in attendance including Deputy Lord Lieutenant Dr Bhagwara Vasudaven, KCC Leader, Mr Roger Gough, KCC Chairman Cllr Graham Gibbens and Mayor of Gravesham Cllr John Caller.

The event will see an afternoon of music, short films and speeches celebrating the positive contribution by the Caribbean community to the country and it will be hosted by the Artistic Director of Cohesion Plus, Gurvinder Sandher and the Chair of the North Kent Caribbean Network, Michelle Bramble. Given the current climate around the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on BAME communities as well as the ongoing protests around Black Lives Matter, the event organisers felt it imperative to continue to recognise and celebrate the impact and contributions of the Windrush generation.

Gurvinder Sandher, Artistic Director of Cohesion Plus commented, “Our main goal is to bring communities together regardless background and we have worked very hard to promote community cohesion for the last two decades. Sadly the last few months have shown us that our work is even more vital now than ever, and must continue in uplifting diverse communities and celebrate the historic contributions made by members from the Commonwealth. Our Windrush event may be taking place online this year but it will be no less celebratory, vibrant and special.”