Expressions The Coffee Shop invites you for an evening of nostalgia as we celebrate The Windrush Generation.
“Encouraging communities across the country to celebrate the contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants”
Following the losses of World War II, Britain was in dire need of laborers. This prompted a campaign to entice people from the countries of the British Empire and Commonwealth to immigrate to the UK.
On June 22, 1948, the ship HMT Empire Windrush landed at Tilbury Docks, just east of London, bringing with it the first immigrants from the Caribbean. The ship’s name inspired the term, the Windrush Generation, to denote the large-scale influx of Caribbean immigrants during the years that followed.
Hosted By: Comedian John Simmit – On stage sardonic comedian John Simmit is smart and thoughtful, in big contrast to his best known role, playing ‘Dipsy’, coolest of the Teletubbies in BBC TV’s international hit series. Within 18 months of his stand up comedy debut, British comedy’s only ‘Cuban-Jamaican-Brummie’ was being touted by trendspotting magazine ‘The Face’ as it’s comedian to watch.
In the UK John can regularly been seen at major comedy clubs and onstage
at theatres such as Hackney Empire, Birmingham Rep, Nottingham Playhouse,
and West Yorkshire Playhouse. Internationally he has received a standing ovation at Amsterdam’s Nieuwe De La Mar Theatre; headlined in Bahrain, & played the New York Fringe Festival
as part of Stand Up Black Britain (alongside Gina Yashere & Curtis Walker.
Interviews from the Windrush ‘Elders’
ReedBass Trio – One of the most versatile and charismatic musicians only wiith his band will be playing a mixture of original compositions incorporating Jazz, Soul and Reggae. @ReedBassMusic facebook.com/ReedBassMusic
Buki (Spoken Word Artist) – Buki’s poetry oozes with an unmasked personal freedom, ignited by a burning desire for self exploration. Through the use of words she has always been able to exist in her rawest form. Her unique offering of Word, Sound and Power has seen her open up for the likes of intellectual wordsmith Akala, iconic Jamaican dub poet Mutabaruka and the cultural icon Mad Professor. Her work is undeniably unapologetic, effortlessly emotive, and often deeply personal. Buki infuses her diverse cultural background to unmask her unfolding journey, combing strength and vulnerability in her poetry. @IamBuki @dawtaots
Chantelle Gillespie (Spoken Word Artist) – Chantelle Gillespie is a wife and mother of two who has a passion for spoken word poetry. Chantelle has a strong desire to encourage people in this season with her God given gifts and talent. Chantelle also has a Spoken Word Poetry Story series podcast which is out now (CSG Poetry Podcast). Instagram: @csg_poetry Facebook: @csg Publications YouTube: Chantelle Gillespie
This is a family friendly event, all are welcome.
Light freshments on sale