Eid Festival 2017
Everyone is invited to come and celebrate Eid on Trafalgar Square on Sunday 2 July.
Thousands of Londoners and visitors come to this free event every year to celebrate the end of Ramadan and enjoy an array of entertainment, delicious food and family fun.
Come along and enjoy:
Join our host, award-winning radio and TV presenter, Noreen Khan, for a line up of fantastic performers on the main stage in Trafalgar Square. From Cheb Nacim to Safe Adam and a line up from Shubbak Festival – there’ll be contemporary and traditional acts from across the world on the Eid main stage, including special guest Harris J.
It's time to feast! From Moroccan to Malaysian, enjoy delicious cuisine in our Global Food Market. Feeling the summer heat? Cool off with refreshing lassies and shakes. And look out for our special guest Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed, Masterchef Winner 2017 - she'll host a cooking demo at the event!
Explore our market with clothing, jewellery, arts, crafts and books from London's talented artisans and creatives.
Creative kids will love storytelling, art workshops, face painting and can even have a temporary henna tattoo!
Watch highlights from last year's celebration
Our mainstage line up includes Harris J, Essex born Nasheed Artist, Safe Adam, stunning Balinese Theatre and Rai music star Cheb Nacim. There'll be breakdancing from Hakim Saber and beatboxing from Omar Summur, too!
Don’t miss the heart-warming sounds of the Voice of Peace Children's choir. Through music the group aim to empower young people, connect communities and spread a message of peace, love and tolerance.
This year, we’re lucky to have artists from Shubbak Festival performing at Eid:
- Syrian virtuoso Maya Youssef, whose innovative approach to playing the kanun, a 78-stringed plucked zither, has brought her international acclaim and appearances at BBC Proms.
- Paying tribute to the ‘Nahda’ era, Oxford Maqam embraces the sounds of the Arab Renaissance, an extraordinary period of creativity and musical innovation.
- Highly acclaimed Sudanese artist Rasha developed her musical style with eclectic instrumentation, including oud, percussion, backing guitar and bass accentuating Rasha’s spectacular vocal skills. Her work is influenced by Arabic poetry, Sufi music and hints of reggae.
- Straight from Egypt comes Afro-Egyptian band Hawidro — a blend of sounds, capturing the diversity and creativity of contemporary Egyptian and African heritage.
There’s much more to be announced so stay tuned!
It’s time to feast! Our Global Food Market includes delicious Halal food, including:
- Turkish kebabs, Turkish delight & baklava pastries from Mani Caterers
- Koshari Street’s delicious Egyptian vegetarian and vegan cuisine
- Refreshing coconut water from Shocka's Coconut Hub
- Gourmet halal burgers from HS & Co
- Moroccan and North African cuisine from Exotic Tagine
- Bliss St’s Saj bread from Levant region
- Halal treats from Sweet Lounge
- The London Ice Cream Cab
- Waffle Island desserts, macaroons and waffles
- Big Apple halal hot dogs
Our bazaar market will be chock-full of fashion, arts, crafts and more, with:
Writer Hajera Memon returns to Eid Festival with pop-up and play books ‘The Story of the Elephant’, ‘My First Wudu Book’ and ‘Hats of Faith’. Visit Hajera for storytime, games and colouring in.
Creative kids can create beautiful Islamic patterns on tiles and canvas, and be able to contribute to a shared art project. Led by The Prince's School of Traditional Arts, who specialise in teaching and promoting the arts and crafts of the world’s great traditions.
There’ll also be henna tattoos, calligraphy, games and face painting!
Inspired by the food market at Eid Festival? Head to our Cookery Theatre where a fantastic lineup of Chefs will host demonstrations throughout the day:
- Lina Saad – award winning author. Born in Sierra Leone, West Africa until she left for Lebanon to attend school in Beirut at the time of the Civil War. Lina’s debut cookbook, ‘Land of White,’ won a World Gourmand Cookbook Award, 2016. Her second book, Ramadan Express was UK’s first Ramadan cookbook launched in April 2017. Ramadan Express includes practical mealtime tips and has over 85 creative ideas for entertaining family and friends.
- Meryem Mortell – Born in Morocco. Owner of the Michelin star restaurant Zayane. Zayane is a modern Moroccan restaurant situated on Notting Hill’s iconic Golborne Road. Meryem’s menu combines the vibrant flavours of authentic Moroccan cuisine, with modern culinary techniques and European influences. Meryem uses a mixture of British seasonal ingredients, and spices imported from Morocco, to create contemporary Moroccan cuisine.
- Saliha Mahmood – Ahmed, current champion of MasterChef 2017. Twenty-nine-year-old doctor, Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed, became the MasterChef 2017 champion on 12 May, becoming the thirteenth amateur cook to claim the title. Saliha will be cooking a special dish for the Eid Festival, ‘fennel and pomegranate lamb with mint and peas’.
- Hamza Harrak, the Great British Halal Chef. Co- Owner and head Chef at halal steakhouse
HS&Co. Hamza creates delicious and innovative British meat dishes with a halal twist. Hamza is famous for his signature dish English Pie Trio, consisting of Scotch egg, minced beef & onion pie and Cornish pasty. World cuisine is also an integral part of his cooking palette given his mixed heritage, which allows him to prepare Spanish, Moroccan, Lebanese and Pan-Asian dishes.