On 6th February this year Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.
To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, events and initiatives will take place throughout the year, culminating in a four day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June.
The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service. Visit the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's interactive map to find out more about events taking place across the UK.
The British Asian community is participating in the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in their own unique way. Asian Voice spoke to artist Harsha Wadhwani Basu about it.
Harsha Wadhwani Basu is an artist working in collaboration with Community Youth Ventures, a community interest company that focuses on inspiring young lives through innovative and diversionary activities.
Together they are delivering ‘Project Jayantee’ to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Speaking exclusively to Asian Voice, Harsha said, “Our project is funded by Art Council England’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund which aims to encourage community organisations to think about what creative activity would mean the most to their local communities and why. We are running this project at Special Education Alfriston School in Beaconsfield.”
Keeping in view this special moment in their collective history and Harsha and the team are now starting to socialise after the Pandemic, it is a great time to organise something memorable in the schools. “The current OFSTED Framework encourages school leaders to invest in ‘the knowledge and cultural capital they (all kinds of learners) need to succeed in life’ and latest research has also established that 98% of the ‘Outstanding’ schools ‘promote the arts through performances, events and celebrations’,” she said.
“As one can guess, the title of the project is Jayantee and we are focussing on one of the Commonwealth Countries i.e. India. So far we have introduced the girls to very inspiring Mithila Art along with some interesting food history. School children also met Mrs Ranjula Takodra MBE who told us all about the day she met the Queen. We do have exciting plans for the rest of the month that will culminate into an exhibition in the library local to the school,” Harsha added.