A Harrow company is launching two unique arts projects to educate children about the Windrush generation.

A total of 35 projects across England received a share of £500,000 from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to celebrate the fourth national Windrush Day.

Fresh Arts C.I.C, founded in Harrow, is among the 35 projects to celebrate and educate others about the contribution of the Windrush generation and their descendants across the country.

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The company is run by Davinia and Pierre Khan and has been operating in over 30 London schools to provide accessible performing and visual arts workshops and enrichment clubs for the past 13 years.

As part of the national day (June 22), Fresh Arts C.I.C has produced two children’s arts projects to educate others about the contribution and experiences of the Windrush generation.

The first is an online creative festival called the Windrush Children’s Festival, where teachers work with their class to produce an original entry of poetry, singing or drama based on the educational resources provided around the Windrush generation.

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The second is a youth theatre group called Rush Youth Theatre, which will explore the work of Caribbean writers and will run each week from September 2022.

This marks the second year that Fresh Arts is contributing to Windrush Day, as last year a series of testimonials were gathered from people who had arrived in the UK from the Caribbean as children.

Communities minister Kemi Badenoch said: “The legacy of the Windrush generation means so much to so many.

 “As a first-generation immigrant myself, I understand personally how important it is to highlight how much we welcome and celebrate the contributions made by those who choose to make Britain home.”

The communities minister added that the day pays tribute to the descendants who made Britain “stronger, culturally richer and more inclusive”.

Paulette Simpson CBE, chair of the Windrush Community Funds and Windrush Schemes group, said: “This year we are encouraging new, innovative proposals to share the Windrush story and reach out to people in diverse local communities.

"In doing so, we can ensure projects will impact history, education and celebration in a meaningful way.”