Eid Festival 2013

Saturday, 17 August 2013 - 1:30pm to 6:00pm

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Celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr at the Mayor’s Eid festival in Trafalgar Square. Everyone’s invited to come and enjoy a feast of global cuisines, an entertaining stage programme and fun for the whole family.

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Eid-ul-Fitr which literally means ‘breaking the fast’ marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, and is celebrated by Muslims across the world. It is also a time of religious significance and a day of forgiveness and unity.

This year Eid features a fantastic food festival from 12:30, where you can sample a range of local delicacies from across the Islamic world, including Turkey, Lebanon, India and Morocco. Come and enjoy delicious treats such as a cool Hibiscus quencher, a taste of Indian street food or one of London’s first halal hot dogs.

The event will be hosted by Asad Shan, presenter of Brits Bollywood and Grinds My Teeth on Zing. There’ll also be live performances from Nasheed artists such as Saif Adam, Adam Ali and SilkRoad as well as exciting acts like singers Mumzy and Tariq Khan. 

From cooking tips on global cuisine, arts and crafts, henna and face painting – there’ll be activities for the whole family! 

Eid is presented by the Mayor in association with the Eid Committee, a voluntary body made up of representatives from various Muslim community groups and organisations in London.

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Food festival 2013

This year, you can celebrate the end of Eid with a fantastic food festival. Sample delicious dishes from across the Islamic world and experience the great diversity of cuisine on offer

Food festival

Use the map below for an overview of foodie delights visitors to the London Eid Festival 2013 can enjoy.

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Performers

Don’t miss the Eid stage programme, 1:30 – 6pm. Following an opening blessing, the Eid stage will feature performances from spoken word artists Adam Ali, Saif Adam and Suhail Ahmed, plus music and entertainment courtesy of Zee TV.

Char Avell, R’n’B singer from London's East End

The line-up of traditional and contemporary performers includes:

Mumzy Stranger

Londoner Mumzy is conquering the UK with his unique take on UK urban music. He won Best British Asian Urban Act at the 2010 BritAsia awards and Best Urban Act at the 2011 UK Asian Music Awards.

Char Avell

Char Avell hails from London’s East End. Known for his heartfelt lyrics and unique smooth R’n’B vocals, he has brought his own musical influences and experiences to the Stranger Family sound.

Tariq Khan

Khan is a talented and versatile singer from Manchester. He writes, performs and produces his albums and also designs his own clothes for his live stage appearances and music videos.

SilkRoad

Described as a Sufi verision of Mumford & Sons, SilkRoad’s soaring music blends beautiful lyrics with classical India beats. Their long awaited debut is set to be released next year.

Pavan

Pavan holds Guinness World Record for being the fastest henna artist on the planet, painting an incredible 511 armbands in just one hour in February 2012 – with each design unique.

Adam Ali

Award winning artist Adam Ali released his first album Ya Rabbee in 2012. His unique and hypnotic music captures positivity, innocence and above all Islamic principles and beliefs.

Hassen Rasool

South African Hassen Rasool uses sound and visual media to deliver a spiritual message that urges thought, introspection and inspiration.  He has performed live around the UK and across the world.

Nazeel Azami

Nazeel brings the vocal and harmonic traditions of India and the Middle East to his home in north-west England. He has performed in over 20 countries and appeared on ‘The Kite Runner’ soundtrack.

Suhail Ahmed Qadri

UK-born Suhail Ahmed has won many awards and sings in Urdu, English, Arabic, Punjabi, Persian and Gujarati. He’s performed around the globe and has been singing since he was six.