Windrush

Windrush Bacchanal

Carnival 2018 Theme

The theme for carnival 2018 is Windrush Bacchanal, celebrating 70 years of the Windrush generation. But, who were the Windrush generation and why are they so special?

When the Empire Windrush passenger ship docked at Tilbury from the Caribbean on 22 June 1948, it marked the start of the post-war immigration boom which was to change British society. Images of the African-Caribbean passengers filing off the gangplank have become part of the country’s social history.

After WWII, Britain encouraged immigration from Commonwealth countries. To a large extent this was to help rebuild the country as there was a shortage of labour at the time. Windrush carried 492 migrants who were coming to a country promising prosperity and employment. Among them were the calypso artists Lord Kitchener and Lord Beginner from Trinidad & Tabago.

This years Carnival celebrates 70 years of culture, music, life-styles, horticulture, pride and struggles that came with these early settlers in this, it’s platinum anniversary year. It brought Soca, Calypso, singing, dancing, drumming and vibrant colours showcased by the legendary Calypso and Soca artist Lord Kitchener to the street of London and beyond.

Arrivals were temporarily housed near Brixton; the town’s Windrush Square commemorates the ship’s arrival. The majority remained to settle permanently, and now form a central part of British society. The ship itself made its final voyage in 1954.

We hope to see you on 11th & 12th August 2018 to celebrate the Windrush anniversary.