Celebrating the 72nd Anniversary of Windrush by launching, 'Passing the Time through Rhythm & Rhyme'
For the 72nd anniversary of Windrush 22nd June 2020, WAPPY with The Art of Mindfulness ran, ‘Passing the Time Through Rhythm & Rhyme’, to explore real and imagined stories, to create ‘Windrush ships and people’, spoken and written word, song, all inspired by the legacy of both the Windrush generation and African history predating and post- Windrush. Elders, Mrs Ackah (retired nurse & midwife from Ghana) and Ethelca Brand, OBE, MBE, MSA (Dominica Overseas Nationals Association-DONA) shared their Windrush stories to the WAPPY collective of the games they played back home in Africa and in the Caribbean, and what life was like here when they first migrated to England.
A Windrush boat created by Ashley (age 9)
The workshop, 'Passing the Time Through Rhythm and Rhyme', was developed as part of a community initiative. Earlier this year, WAPPY in partnership with Ealing Council, Communities Empowerment Network & Oshun Training were awarded funding by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to contribute towards local events and creative workshops that acknowledge and celebrate the significant impact and achievements the Windrush generation has made to Ealing and beyond. The grant was applied for as part of the Ealing Learning Partnership’s ‘No Learner Left Behind’ project that focuses on the under-achievement of Black Caribbean pupils and seeks to raise attainment through links with schools, young people, parents, the community and the voluntary sector.