Eid Festival 2016
Everyone is invited to come and celebrate Eid on Trafalgar Square on Saturday 9 July.
Now in its 11th year, the festival will celebrate and host a variety of special activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Highlights include a food festival where you can sample a host of delicious cuisines from across the world. You can also enjoy live music and exclusive performances during the day.
Other highlights include fun activities for children to try like face-painting, henna, calligraphy and story-telling and art exhibitions.
Eid Festival is a Mayor of London event to mark the end of Ramadan.
Look out for more details about performers, food stalls and activities that will be happening on the day.
This event is organised by the Mayor of London.
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You can plan your journey with TfL’s Journey Planner.
The nearest railway station is Charing Cross. It is 325 metres away, approximately three minutes’ walk. Charing Cross rail station offers step-free access and a step-free route to Trafalgar Square.
The nearest Underground station with step-free access from platform to street level is Westminster. This is served by the Jubilee, District and Circle lines. Outside Westminster station buses 12, 24, 88 or 453 have low-floor buses which call at a stop within 150m of Trafalgar Square.
Charing Cross Underground station is served by the Northern and Bakerloo lines. It is the closest Tube station. However it does not have step-free access.
Visit the TfL website for accessible Tube maps.
Routes 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 53, 77A, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176 and 453.
All these routes lead to Trafalgar Square. However, 9 and 15 are heritage buses and do not have a low-floor.
Visit the TfL website for more information on buses.
Find out about registering and pre-booking Dial-a-ride services.
The nearest Blue Badge parking spaces to Trafalgar Square are:
- St Martin’s Street – five spaces - 321 metres from Trafalgar Square
- Outside Canada House – one space - 33 metres from Trafalgar Square
- Suffolk Street – one space - 644 metres from Trafalgar Square
- Spring Gardens – one space - 321 metres from Trafalgar Square
To find other blue badge parking bays nearby, use the postcode WC2N 5DN and search the City of Westminster’s website. To see where the bays are, click the ‘View results on a map’ button on the search results page.
The café on the square is open from 10am-6pm daily. There is seating inside, plus outside seats and wooden tables. The café is on the lower terrace of Trafalgar Square, on the square’s east side, right of the central staircase.
Trafalgar Square also has a number of public toilet facilities:
- Eight urinals
- Three cubicles
- One disabled toilet
- One baby changing facility
- Nine cubicles
- One disabled toilet
- One baby changing facility
Watch this video to get a flavour of what to expect at this year's Eid Festival.
- Mani Caterers – Turkish kebabs, Turkish delight & baklava pastries
- Koshari Street – Egyptian vegetarian cuisine which includes Vegan options
- Guptas - South Asian cuisine
- Shocka's Coconut Hub – Fresh Coconut water promoting health benefits
- Hao Chi – Halal Dim Sum and oriental cuisine
- Nusa Dua – Indonesian Cuisine
- Exotic Tagine – Moroccan & North African Cuisine.
- Makan Cafe– Malaysian cuisine
- Big Apple Hot Dogs – popular Halal hot dogs.
- Sweet Lounge – Halal sweets
- Mocktail Bar with lassies and shakes. (Non-alcoholic).
- HS & Co steakhouse
North Terrace Bazaar
A ‘bazaar’ style market area with clothing, jewelry, arts & crafts and books. Stalls include;
- Darulssalum Books and Islamic literature –Regent Street Mosque
- Al – Hasaniya – Moroccan Women’s Centre, showcasing Moroccan culture and raising awareness about their programmes and initiatives.
- British Council & Embassy of Iran – ‘Iran at a Glance’. Showcasing Iranian culture, literature, art and music.
- Indonesia culture & heritage – Variety of Indonesian scarfs, clothing, art and crafts
- Islamic Relief – Charity group, raising awareness of global campaigns
- Karachi Art & Culture – traditional arts and crafts made in Karachi, Pakistan
- Metropolitan Police Service – Association of Muslim Police to recruit and to raise awareness of their community schemes and initiatives.
- Billion Women – Women’s charity for homeless women.
- Modlist - Modest fashion stall
Art on the Square
- Art of Integration Exhibition, ’Islam in England’s green and pleasant land’ sponsored by City Circle and presented by Peter Sanders
The Story of the Elephant – Surah Al-Feel T
The First Wudu Book by Hajera Memon
Experience playing with the Wudu book that changes colour.
Author Hajera Memon was born in London. She trained and qualified as a finance lawyer before deciding to explore her creative side as a children’s novelty book publisher and set up Shade 7 Publishing. She is passionate about publishing material to help children learn about Islam in a fun and interactive way. Her latest release is a unique baby bath book, called “My first wudu book”, which changes colour when put in water. It is a great, interactive way for children to learn the order of washing the basic body parts when learning to do the Islamic ritual washing called wudu
There will be a range of 'under the sea' themed childrens games and activities between 1pm - 4pm. Timings are as follows:
- 1:00pm – 1:20pm
- 2:00pm – 2:20pm
- 3:00pm – 3:20pm
- 3:40pm – 4:00pm
Prince's School of Traditional Art
Children will be taught arabesque/biomorphic art on tiles and canvas
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Pearls of Islam
The Pearls of Islam are an acoustic dynamic duo born and bred in London. Their Parents are Converts of African Caribbean Heritage. Growing up in a convert family the Pearls were always exposed to many different types of Music from reggae to rhythm and blues to classical to traditional qasidas.
The Pearls perform a mixture of nasheeds and spoken word accompanied with the Djembe, Daff, Darbouk and Guitar.
Their varied work captures the attention of all types of audiences, non Muslim and Muslim alike. The Nasheeds which the ladies perform are in both English and Arabic and written with enthusiasm and love. Each piece has been worked on individually and expresses the love for Allah (SWT), His religion, His beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW), life and of course their spiritual teacher, Shaykh Muhammad Nazim. Their music emphasises on spreading the love of Rasululah(saw) and the love of Haq(truth) in their hearts and others.
Mustapha Baja Band
Born in Essex on the 5th of December, Saif was brought up in a family where teaching was the main profession. Originally hailing from Iraq, they were keen to instill spiritual values.
His years at college and university gave him the impetus and drive to perfect his musical skills. It was during this time he combined performance, composition and his love for the spiritual. He progressed to write his own lyrics resulting in fully crafted tracks.
After graduation, Saif pursued a career in the music industry. This resulted in a series of collaborations with mainstream artists including Ed Sheeran, N-Dubz and X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos. This fruitful period gave Saif a valuable opportunity to perfect his vocal abilities and song writing skills.
Saif's heartfelt aim is to engage the wider community both young and old and spread the message of peace, respect and unity. Saif Adam is managed and signed to The Light Records.