Windrush 75: Brixton Village Unveils Inspiring Mural & Hosts Commemorative Party

Windrush 75: Brixton Village Unveils Inspiring Mural & Hosts Commemorative Party

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Windrush, the ship that brought the first post-war migrants from the Caribbean to Britain in 1948. To celebrate this historic occasion, Brixton Village, in conjunction with Brixton Project and Just Vibez hosted a commemorative party and unveiled an awe-inspiring mural by renowned local graffiti artist Bunny

Brixton – a place so rich with the spirit of the Windrush generation, transformed into a colorful display of inspiring stories from 21 trailblazing figures of the Windrush community. Designed by graffiti artist Bunny, the mural unveiled on Windrush Day on Thursday, 22nd June, featured legends such as Grace Jones, Gus JohnJah ShakaBenjamin Zephaniah, and many others—real stories about the leading stars who collectively redefined British culture.

Credit: Brixton Village and I create not destroy

The vibes and the energy were sensational. With performances from homegrown talent, Sharlene-MoniqueFloetic Lara and Just Vibez DJs. The lively party transformed the market into a true celebration of Caribbean culture. It celebrated the traders who continued to bring the original spirit of Windrush to Brixton Village. A delicious selection of food highlighted the Caribbean’s rich culinary heritage. GUAP spent some time discussing the significance of the celebration with local vendors and Aimee Felone, co-director of Roundtable Books.

GUAP: What does Windrush Day / generation mean to you as a Black vendor based in Brixton?

Brian Danclair (stall vendor and owner of Fish Wings and Tings): As the owner of a top Black-owned restaurant in Brixton, I feel a deep sense of gratitude for the Windrush generation who through their struggles, paved the way for me to open a successful restaurant in the heart of Brixton. I want to honour them by doing the best I can, creating jobs, positively showcasing our heritage and being a good example for future generations.

GUAP: How are you finding the Windrush celebrations?

Aimee: Commemorating and celebrating 75 years of Windrush at the bookshop is a great honour. Uplifting and spotlighting overlooked and unheard stories of multiple generations of people from the historically important community of Brixton is a privilege.

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