Eid Festival 2019
Come and join us on Saturday 8 June for the Eid Festival 2019 at Trafalgar Square.
Thousands of Londoners and visitors join us every year for this event, hosted by the Mayor of London, to celebrate the end of Ramadan with an exciting stage line up, family fun and delicious food.
There will be a segregated prayer space at the South East corner of Trafalgar Square. Please note there are no ablution facilities on site.
Eid Festival 2019 is generously supported by sponsors:
Main stage line up
We're pleased to announce this year's Eid Festival stage line up with some exciting acts hosted by journalist, broadcaster and writer, Dr Myriam Francois and comedian and Lunch Monkeys actor, Abdullah Afzal.
12pm – Opening prayer the verse of Ramadan - Abdullah Ahmed
12.10pm – Koroleko Band
Contemporary West African music headed by the charismatic and talented multi-instrumentalist Moussa Dembele, a griot from Burkina Faso, the band is currently made up of six phenomenal musicians from Africa and Europe.
12.40pm – Lila Bhawa
UK's leading Indonesian Dance Group
1.00pm – Ismaili Community Ensemble
Community ensemble based in the UK who write original music with Islamic traditions at its core.
1.20pm – Asma Khan Q&A with the hosts
Asma Khan, owner of Indian restaurant Darjeeling Express in Soho, is the first British chef to feature on Netflix's Chef's Table.
1.30pm – Chand Ali Khan Qawaal and Party
UK based International Qawwali and Bollywood group, primarily performing in the art of Qawwali, the devotional music of the Sufis.
1.55pm – Lila Bhawa
UK's leading Indonesian Dance Group
2.10pm – Speeches
2.30pm – Al-Sadiq and Al-Zahra School Choir
London based Muslim girls’ choir who performed at the Grenfell Memorial at St Paul’s Cathedral in 2018.
2.45pm – Maurice Wren CEO for Refugee Week and poet Asma Elbadawi Q&A with hosts
2.55pm – Refugee Week present Asma Elbadawi
Asma is an award-winning Bradford based spoken word poet. She has worked on refugee rights, migration, faith and identity.
3.10pm – Refugee Week present The Damascus Band
The Damascus Band are a group of exceptional Syrian Classical musicians now based in the UK. Featuring the talents of Hamsa Mounif, Raghad Haddad, Taim Saleh and Walid Zaido.
3.50pm – Refugee Week present Muslim Belal
Ashley Chin also known as Muslim Belal is a British Muslim Rap artist, an award-winning British actor and screen writer who converted to Islam in 2002.
4.15pm – Penny Appeal Founder & Chairman Adeem Younis and KidBoss Shakira Rahmen Q&A with hosts
4.25pm – Alman Nusrat
Alman is an American born singer songwriter of South Asian descent whose alternative pop and world music is inspired by Islamic Spirituality
5pm – Iman Farrar
Iman is a singer/songwriter with a Malaysian/Australian background. Her music is ready to inspire a generation of young girls through her music, interest in current affairs and social justice advocacy.
5.30pm – Muad
Based in the UK with Yemeni roots, Muad's soulful, R&B sound has poetic undertones raising important issues around faith, spirituality, hope and motivation.
Please note these timings may be subject to change
Caterers on the Square
Bamboo House - South East Asian
Bombay Street Food - Indian
Carioful - Egyptian
Cally Munchy - African
Chit Chat Chai - Indian (V)
German Sausage - Sausages
Go Habibi Grills - Grilled food
Icecream Time - Icecream
Laila's Creole Cuisine - Seychelles
Little Kolkata - Indian
London Smokehouse - Brisket beef
Paddys - Fish & Chips
Phat Waffles - Waffles
The Berlin Donner - Kebab
The Cane Press - Drinks
All traders are halal certified
Traders on the Square
Al Sayed Fragrances - Perfumes
Darussalem - Islamic Books
Jaani - Pakistani inspired traditional clothing and handcrafted accessories
Satori Accessories - Traditional clothing and jewellery collections from Kenya, India, Pakistan, China and Athens
BatFast - Cricket Activity
Providing an opportunity for people of all cricketing abilities to try their hand at batting against an automatic bowler, with millions of variations of spin, speed and length, BatFast is great entertainment as well as being a professional quality training facility used by professionals across the country.
With the Cricket World Cup well underway and England playing Bangladesh in Cardiff on the day of Eid Festival, BatFast is expected to be a very popular addition to the event.
Refugee Week / Counterpoint Arts
Refugee Week started in 1998 as a direct reaction to hostility in the media and society in general towards refugees and asylum seekers. An established part of the UK’s cultural calendar, Refugee Week is now one of the leading national initiatives working to counter this negative climate, defending the importance of sanctuary and the benefits it can bring to both refugees and host communities.
At Eid Festival 2019, Refugee Week and Counterpoint Arts are presenting 3 acts on the main stage as well as curating a programme of creative activities on the North Terrace with a selection of NGO Refugee Week partners (Amnesty, Refuge Council, Red Cross).
Shade 7 & the Penny Appeal Bus
Activities taking place in the Penny Appeal Bus and marquee. Freelance storyteller and children’s entertainer, Anoushka Dunic will be running a fun and engaging session of children’s storytelling and activities, based around a game of Hats of Faith. Other activities include Match card game activity;
Colour your own Eid Cards; Wooden Masks and an Interactive Photo Booth.
Eid Stories from Muslim Cultures performance of stories from a kaleidoscope of Muslim cultures throughout the day delivered by a multicultural cast. Plus, promotion of their children’s book, Riding a Donkey Backwards, featuring the antics of the legendary icon of Muslim humour, Mulla Nasruddin.
Thank you to the generous support from our sponsors, Penny Appeal and Wahed Invest.
Penny Appeal are an award-winning international humanitarian charity. Set up in 2009 by entrepreneur Adeem Younis, to provide a range of life-saving solutions in over 30-crisis hit countries. As one of the fastest growing charities in the sector, Penny Appeal has transformed countless number of lives and empowered communities around the globe, helping to break the poverty cycle through their simple vision; taking your small change and making a big difference. Penny Appeal is a twice Guinness-World-Record holder and works closely with leading celebrities and globally renowned institutions in the UK and beyond in the fight against poverty.
Wahed set out to provide the world with a reliable, transparent, and most importantly, accessible investment product. Our portfolios have been designed to help you get started regardless of your account size. We have a full-time Ethical Review Board to ensure all returns are halal. We have a commitment to halal investing.