The Lancashire Windrush Festival will not be rescheduled for later on in the year as the organisers look forward with a focus on bringing people closer.
The festival would have been on Sunday 21st June 2020 but was not able to go ahead due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Any plans for pushing the date back to later on in 2020 have now been scrapped due to unlikeliness of it being able to happen.
Adrian Murrell, A co-founder of the festival alongside Carol Harris and Melissa Hatch, explains the decision that had to be made on the festival’s situation:
“Once the Grand National was cancelled and the Grand Prix and Glastonbury were cancelled, if you are cancelling big money-spinners like that, we knew it was something serious and was going to take a while so I had no hesitation,
“Our festival is all about our elders and there’s no way we would put our elders at risk, they are at risk more than anybody else.”
Adrian and the other organisers are now looking ahead to 2021 and how they can use the festival to promote a positive message in a time of great uncertainty:
“Looking at it, there is no way we are going to have these mass gatherings in a couple of months time. I’ve already started planning for next year. Next year is Windrush 73 and we are calling it ‘Unity’ because there doesn’t seem to be much unity at the moment,
“On social media, there are lots of people falling out, friends and family falling out, so I thought we would call it ‘Unity’ and try and bring some of that unity back. It’s going to be on Sunday 20th June 2021.”
Windrush Day was introduced in June 2018 on the 70th anniversary of the Windrush migration.
Adrian has helped people in Lancashire celebrate the Windrush generation since 2008 and has had a hand in organising the festival since 2013:
“We started celebrating the Windrush anniversary about 12 years ago but we decided to put the festival on 7 years ago because we didn’t feel like our grandparents had been appreciated, even by ourselves,
“It was time to acknowledge them, then last year Britain decided that the Windrush initiatives were right, that we should be celebrating so last year was the first festival on Windrush Day.”
He questions why it took till 2018 for Windrush Day to be created:
“I don’t know what took so long for them to catch us up, why did it take 70 years of them people being here? who came here as teenagers to help rebuild Britain,
“Why did it take us so long as well? We’ve got to look at ourselves sometimes and not always point the finger at the government, we can do it ourselves so why shouldn’t we?
The festival co-founder explains how it brings people from all different races and religion together to celebrate and be happy:
“We normally have about 20 acts in Preston from our community, a multicultural community coming together for one day. In 7 years, we have never had any trouble, never a bad word to say about anybody,
“There’s Muslims, Christians, Catholics, Hindus, Sikhs and Rastafarians all together in one place, they know what the day is about and we celebrate all together as one.”
You can check out the Lancashire Windrush Festival Facebook page here for any more updates on what is happening with the festival next year.