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Windrush To Bristol

Exploring the cultural impact of the Windrush generation

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Windrush to Bristol commemorates the extraordinary stories and contribution of individuals from the Windrush generation, and their continuing legacy in Bristol today through a programme of performance, exhibitions and events.   

Over three days leading up to Windrush Day on 22 Jun, Windrush to Bristol honours the incredible impact of Black Caribbean people on Bristol, the UK, and the world, and invites us all to champion a more equitable Bristol for people of all colours, cultures and class.  

Discover the history of Windrush. In Pegasus Opera’s Windrush – The Journey, the stories of those who arrived on HMS Windrush come to life through powerful music and storytelling in a brand-new commissioned Windrush Opera.  This new work is presented alongside a programme of music by distinguished black composers and an immersive exhibition.  

Dive into the music of Black Caribbean artists of Bristol and beyond. In partnership with St Paul’s Carnival Back A Yard programme, we celebrate the work of Black Caribbean artists, both local and international – representing the key genres and eras of Reggae, Dub, and Dancehall – in a specially curated programme of music on Friday 21 June featuring Angel Mel, Rebecca Dinnall, Da Fuchaman and Texxus Redmoney in Bridgehouse, alongside Masicka in Beacon Hall.  

Be inspired by a new, more equitable vision for Bristol’s future. In the thought-provoking exhibition Race Cards: A Blueprint4Change from CuriosityUnltd, read the reflections of Bristol people on questions of race, representation, and resilience, and be among the first to hear a powerful anthem for change – ‘We Rise’, a track created by young Bristol artists, from ACE CIC in St Paul’s, inspired by the 60th anniversary and legacy of the Bristol Bus Boycott. 

Windrush To Bristol invites everyone to hear their message: one of resilience and hope for a future, inspired by the pioneers who have gone before.  

Presented by Bristol Beacon in partnership with ACE CIC, Curiosity UnLtd, Pegasus Opera Company, St. Paul’ s Carnival and Ujima Radio.  

Format: Standing and Reserved seating

Age: For all ages (Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)

What’s On

The venue

Bristol Beacon

Getting to the venue

Location: Bristol Beacon is located in the city centre with entrances on Colston Street and Trenchard Street.

Address: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR


Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 50m away directly behind Bristol Beacon.

  Bristol Clean Air Zone

Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.


The city centre bus stop is 250m from Bristol Beacon where most bus services stop.

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Bristol Beacon foyer has level access from street level with lifts to all levels and areas.

Assistance Dogs

Registered assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the venue.

Hearing Facility

There is an induction loop at the box office. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting. There is no hearing loop facility for the foyer stage.

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