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Windrush 75 Festival Schedule

Updated: Jun 6, 2023

It's only a WEEK until our Windrush 75 Festival - a day of celebration and commemoration for our beloved Windrush generation! Tickets are still available at £6, so you still have time to secure your space. Buy them here.

Here is the schedule for the day:

11:00 - Welcome by Colin Bell and Sherril Donaldson

The festivities will begin with a welcome and 'thank you' from the Director of the Coventry Caribbean Association, Colin Bell, and our very own Sherril Donaldson.

11:30 - Keynote: Cllr. Dr. Kindy Sandhu

Coventry City Councillor, Dr. Kindy Sandu, will take the stage with our first talk of the day. Kindy will be talking about her own work in Coventry, both as a counsellor and a scholar.

12:00 - Introduction to ‘Stories of the Windrush Generation’ by Junaid Hussain

12:15 - Screening of ‘Stories of the Windrush Generation

CEO of EQuIP Warwickshire, Junaid Hussain, will be introducing EQuIP's 2022 film 'Stories of the Windrush Generation', which will be followed by a screening of the film.

13:00 - Break

This is the perfect opportunity to get some food, drinks, shop with at our stalls, and network. Maureen Cottle's exhibition 'Black in the Day - Children of the Windrush Generation', as before seen at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, will be at the Festival for the whole day.

14:00 - Keynote: Selina Brown, followed by book signing

Founder of the Black British Book Festival, Selina Brown, will be in conversation with ACT around her journey to becoming the founder of the nation's first Black British Book Festival. Afterwards, there will also be a chance for guests to purchase a signed copy of one of her children's books, Nena.

15:00 - Cultured Waist workshop

Ebony Ademola, founder of local business Cultured Waist, will be hosting an hour workshop, entitled Embracing Culture. Guests will get the chance to learn about the significance of waist beading, body positivity, as well as making your own beaded bracelet.

16:00 - Keynote: Dr. Trevor Hall CBE

Winner of the Golden Jubilee Award for Barbados, Dr. Trevor Hall CBE, will be joining us in discussion of his experiences and challenges met as the first Black Senior Officer of the Rugby Community Relations Council, and as the Race Equality Advisor to the Home Office.

17:00 - ‘Here to Live’: Holly Cooper

University of Oxford PhD student, Holly Cooper, will spend a short time talking about their research, which looks at Black experience, migration, and politics of Coventry and Warwickshire from the mid-to-late twentieth century.

17:30 - Closing Remarks

We will end this packed day with a few closing remarks from the ACT team, before thanking everyone for attending and ending the day.

If you have any questions surrounding the event, message us on one of our social media platforms or send us an email at

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