Nottingham Black History Collective formed in 2018 to celebrate and reflect on 70 years of the Windrush's arrival from the Caribbean islands, 22 June 1948. The contribution from the Caribbean community in the UK has been gigantic in all fields of life. The opening weekend from 22 to 24 June set the scene for a vibrant season of events in the following months across Nottingham, including Nottingham Carnival and Black History Month.


Launch Event: Windrush70 Tea Party
Friday 22 June 2018
12.30pm - 3.30pm
The Council House (Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1 2DT)

Civic reception with The Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Liaqat Ali, and The Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillor Catharine Arnold.
Event Organiser: Sophia Ramcharan, Stella Vision Productions.
Supported by Cllr Neal and Rosey Donovan, Nottingham City Council
Event Supported by; Stella Vision Productions, Nottingham City Council, Nubian Link, Asda, Tesco, D-Link Freight, Nottingham Black Archive, Mitchell Soul Food Store, Althea Tomlin Organic Skin Care, Mr Nibbles, Jamaican Ways, 3cz Caribbean Catering and Cuisine, Evergreen Choir, Boots Pharmacy, Lee Future Net and Nottingham Black History Collective.

Windrush70 Poetic Tribute
Friday 22 June 2018
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Neale's Auction House

An evening of poetry from the past and present featuring Kei Miller, author of August Town and the Cartographer Maps a Way to Zion. Supported by writers from the Black Writers Network, Windrush70 and Nottingham Black History Collective

Windrush Boat Cruise
Saturday 23 June 2018
11.30am - 2pm
Boarding from Colwick

Windrush Boat Cruise Poetry. Boarding from 11.30am and sailing 12pm - 2pm. Refreshments available on board. Supported by Windrush70 and Nottingham Black History Collective.

Poetry Party: Poems on the Theme of Journeys
Saturday 23 June 2018
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Neale's Auction House
A poetry party for Windrush 70 featuring an array of Nottingham poets sharing work on the theme of journeys, including poets from the Black Writers Network and more. Supported by Windrush70 and Nottingham Black History Collective

Green Days by the River Screening & Windrush Panel Discussion
Sunday 24 June 2018
Broadway Cinema

In a remote village in 1952 Trinidad, a curious boy pursues the affection of two girls. Despite his ailing father's advice, Shell follows the compassionate Mr Gidharee to work on his plantation along the river, in hopes of attracting his daughter Rosalie, but then falls for Joan, a sweet, sensible girl from the city. From the love triangle that ensues, Shell learns bittersweet lessons of life and love that will define his manhood and future forever.
This screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the theme of Windrush with Glen Charles (UK Trini and Friends), and William Stewart (Chairman of Queens Walk community Centre and Nottingham Caribbean Carnival Chairman 1991 - 1992). Part of Windrush70, with Nottingham Black History Collective.

Nottingham Carnival
Sunday 12 August
Parade Route, City

A special Windrush70 float was included in the Nottingham Carnival to commemorate the 70th anniversary. supported by Nottingham Black History Collective.

Calypso: Licks and Politricks
Thursday 1 November 2018
6.30pm - 9pm
New Art Exchange

Master musician, lyrical poet and the BBC's resident Calypsonian, Alexander D Great returns to NAE for an evening
of performance and discussion exploring the social and political history of Calypso music. Through his own compositions and exploring the work of renowned Calypso artists such as Lord Kitchener and Mona Baptiste, Alexander
looks at Calypso as a tool of resistance for the Windrush Generation.

Style In My DNA
Saturday 10 November 
2pm - 5pm
New Art Exchange

As a migrant, born in Jamaica and raised in Nottingham, Lorna Holder became a successful designer 'making it happen' in Britain, and her story bears witness to the evolution of fashion within the British Caribbean community. Join Lorna for
a reading from her new book 'Style in My DNA', tracing fashion trends from the 1940s to the present day. Lorna will be joined in-conversation with George Ruddock,Managing Editor and a Director of the publishers of The Voice newspaper, followed by a book signing.

Windrush: Journeys To Nottingham
Thursday 10 January 2019
6.30pm - 8pm
New Art Exchange

Presented in partnership with Nottingham Black Archive (NBA), join us as we launch the first collection of interviews and stories from Nottingham's Windrush generation and their descendants. Offering a glimpse into the reasons why individuals from across the Caribbean decided to make Nottingham their home in the 40s, 50s and 60s, and the important roles they have played in shaping the city as we know it. This is a unique moment to unlock NBA's rich archive of interviews for the very first time.

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