It’s 70 years since the ship Empire Windrush arrived into Tilbury Docks from the Caribbean. Caribbean migration has a long history in London, and Windrush is a significant moment within this. It precipitated future waves of post war mass migration and has shaped our open and diverse identity ever since.

Arrival will tell the stories of the Windrush generation and celebrate their contribution to life in London. It will also be a platform for the many people and communities, from Europe and the rest the world, who’ve embarked on similar journeys. Through events and broadcast, it invites discussion and offers advice for those wanting to know more.

It will also shine a spotlight on the recent immigration and visa issues affecting so many Commonwealth citizens.

 On Saturday 30 June, City Hall will host a free event to bring the story of ‘arrival in London’ to life.

There will be talks, music, workshops, film screenings and installations. The day will honour the Windrush generation and also act as a springboard for four key community conversations:

  • Making the journey – personal testimony on the reality for a London migrant
  • Telling our stories  how we encourage discussion and preserve these stories for the future
  • Windrush women – social and economic role of Windrush women in creating strong workforces
  • Looking back and moving forward – recognising Caribbean migration before Windrush, understanding what happens next for all of London’s migrant communities

The Line-up includes:

Black Slate

Alicai Harley

Lisa Mercedez


Sister Audrey with Mad Professor


Carroll Thompson

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