Haringey Community Press

Haringey Community Press

How Haringey is celebrating Windrush Day

From makers fairs to messy play, these are the events you need to know about

Hero for How Haringey is celebrating Windrush Day
Haringey Learning Partnership prepares for its Windrush Day celebrations
By Olivia Opara 16 June 2022

This year, in celebration of Haringey’s Windrush history, there are a multitude of events taking place across the borough. This year, in celebration of Haringey’s Windrush history, there are a multitude of events taking place across the borough. 

The fourth national Windrush Day – which became nationally recognised as a result of campaigning by Patrick Vernon – takes place on Wednesday, June 22. It commemorates the legacy of the Windrush Generation and their contribution to British society after World War Two. The day also marks 73 years since the HMT Empire Windrush, carrying 1,027 passengers from the Caribbean, India, Pakistan, Kenya and South Africa, arrived at Tilbury Docks in Essex.  The fourth national Windrush Day – which became nationally recognised as a result of campaigning by Patrick Vernon – takes place on Wednesday, June 22. It commemorates the legacy of the Windrush Generation and their contribution to British society after World War Two. The day also marks 73 years since the HMT Empire Windrush, carrying 1,027 passengers from the Caribbean, India, Pakistan, Kenya and South Africa, arrived at Tilbury Docks in Essex.  

Haringey has a rich Caribbean heritage. Geoff Love – a notable Yorkshire-born musician and composer – lived in the borough in the 1930s, and his son later attended Tottenham Grammar School. In 1946, the first black British boxing star, Randolph Turpin, made his first professional debut at Harringay Arena. In 1957, textile designer Althea McNish arrived in Tottenham and went on to design for the likes of Hull Traders and Liberty (her work is currently on display at Bruce Castle Museum). And in 1985, Bernie Grant famously became the leader of the Haringey Council. He was one of the UK’s first black British MPs. Haringey has a rich Caribbean heritage. Geoff Love – a notable Yorkshire-born musician and composer – lived in the borough in the 1930s, and his son later attended Tottenham Grammar School. In 1946, the first black British boxing star, Randolph Turpin, made his first professional debut at Harringay Arena. In 1957, textile designer Althea McNish arrived in Tottenham and went on to design for the likes of Hull Traders and Liberty (her work is currently on display at Bruce Castle Museum). And in 1985, Bernie Grant famously became the leader of the Haringey Council. He was one of the UK’s first black British MPs. 

Now, a host of events in Tottenham and around the borough are celebrating Windrush Day. The Bernie Grant Arts Centre is hosting a five-day festival from Monday, June 20th. Guests can expect a week filled with arts and crafts for all ages, live music, Afro-Caribbean food and BBQ from in-house chef Smokey Okey. Multi-disciplinary artist Apex Zero is making an appearence on Friday, June 24th, and Steppaz dance group will be performing on the Saturday.Now, a host of events in Tottenham and around the borough are celebrating Windrush Day. The Bernie Grant Arts Centre is hosting a five-day festival from Monday, June 20th. Guests can expect a week filled with arts and crafts for all ages, live music, Afro-Caribbean food and BBQ from in-house chef Smokey Okey. Multi-disciplinary artist Apex Zero is making an appearence on Friday, June 24th, and Steppaz dance group will be performing on the Saturday.

Bruce Castle Museum is hosting a makers fair in celebration of Althea McNish on Saturday, June 18th. A film about her life – Weaving Tales of Resilience by Sonja Scantlebury – will be shown, and work from present-day Haringey creatives will be on sale. Bruce Castle Museum is hosting a makers fair in celebration of Althea McNish on Saturday, June 18th. A film about her life – Weaving Tales of Resilience by Sonja Scantlebury – will be shown, and work from present-day Haringey creatives will be on sale. 

On Tuesday, June 21nd, the poet, stand-up comedian and historian Sheba Monstserrat will be hosting a free talk at Marcus Garvey Library. Sheba will be using poetry to explore her own background and the legacy of the Windrush generation. On Tuesday, June 21nd, the poet, stand-up comedian and historian Sheba Monstserrat will be hosting a free talk at Marcus Garvey Library. Sheba will be using poetry to explore her own background and the legacy of the Windrush generation.

On June, 24th and 26th, tour guide Avril Nanton will be hosting black history tours of West Green Road, highlighting the area's connection to notable Caribbean figures such as Lincoln ‘Len’ Dyke, Dudley Dryden and Tony Wade, who established Britain’s first black-owned multi million-pound business.On June, 24th and 26th, tour guide Avril Nanton will be hosting black history tours of West Green Road, highlighting the area's connection to notable Caribbean figures such as Lincoln ‘Len’ Dyke, Dudley Dryden and Tony Wade, who established Britain’s first black-owned multi million-pound business.

Elsewhere in the borough, the Haringey Learning Partnership is celebrating Windrush Fashion at Commerce House in Wood Green; Tony Fairweather will be discussing his new release, Twenty-Eight Pounds Ten Shillings at the Bedale House in Hornsey; a service of thanksgiving for the Windrush Generation is being held at in Holy Innocents Church in Crouch End, and Wood Green Library is hosting a carnival mask making session for kids.Elsewhere in the borough, the Haringey Learning Partnership is celebrating Windrush Fashion at Commerce House in Wood Green; Tony Fairweather will be discussing his new release, Twenty-Eight Pounds Ten Shillings at the Bedale House in Hornsey; a service of thanksgiving for the Windrush Generation is being held at in Holy Innocents Church in Crouch End, and Wood Green Library is hosting a carnival mask making session for kids.