Mayor invites all Londoners to Eid Festival in Trafalgar Square
Event: Eid Festival
Location: Trafalgar Square
Date: Saturday 9 July 2016
In celebration of the end of Ramadan, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has today announced plans for this year’s Eid Festival in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 9 July. Thousands of Londoners and visitors to the capital are expected to head to the free event, to sample music and food from around the world, alongside a variety of special activities.
The Eid Festival is open to all Londoners and visitors to the capital of all backgrounds and faiths, with an array of entertainment and attractions for the whole family to enjoy, including live performances, arts and crafts, exhibitions, calligraphy, henna, face painting and more. It follows the Mayor’s work to unite all of London’s communities during Ramadan, in a variety of events and interfaith Iftars across the city.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “Eid Mubarak to Muslims here in London and around the world. This year’s Ramadan has been one of the longest fasts in over 30 years. Although it has been quite challenging, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the past month, my first Ramadan as the Mayor of London. It has been a great opportunity to bring together London’s many communities – to me, that’s what Ramadan is all about.
“It is now more important than ever to unite as Londoners and extend our hands of friendship in light of the EU referendum, the recent surge in hate crime and the terrible atrocities in Istanbul. I encourage Londoners from all backgrounds and visitors to the city to come together at this year’s Eid Festival to celebrate the diversity and tolerance that is at the heart of our great city. It is set to be one of the best yet, with a brilliant line-up of performances, food and Islamic culture. Eid Mubarak!”
The focus of this year’s Eid Festival will be on the achievements of Muslim women in the creative industries, sport, art, fashion, business and other areas. As well as some top female talent on stage, there will be a ‘bazaar’ style market area, with stalls from SMEs and grassroots organisations owned by Muslim women. An assortment of clothing, jewellery, Islamic arts and crafts and books will be on offer.
Another highlight at Trafalgar Square is the international food market, with a wide selection of fine halal fare from around the world including Egyptian, Indian, Pakistani, Turkish, Indonesian, Moroccan, Malaysian and Palestinian.
There will be a huge mix of traditional and contemporary performances throughout the day with Nasheed artists including Saif Adam and Cheb Nacim. Bringing an international vibe to the festival will be a special Indonesian Balinese act as well as female group Pearls of Islam, with a mixture of Nasheeds, rap, poetry and spoken word.
Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to see Peter Sanders’ Art of Integration Exhibition in the UK for the first time. Sanders is the world’s pre-eminent photographer of the Muslim world and has produced various high profile exhibitions around the world which showcases Islam and Muslims in different environments. The Art of Integration exhibition, sponsored by City Circle, is a graceful and visually poetic reminder that Muslims have been a part of British life for well over a century and who continue to make an important contribution to the United Kingdom’s rich cultural diversity.
Other highlights at the event include a catwalk show featuring designers from around the world showcasing modern Abayas and traditional and modern outfits. Visitors can test their skills in Arabic art and geometry with The Prince's School of Traditional Arts, and children will be entertained by face-painting, henna tattoos and story-telling from writer Hajera Memon, who created the world’s first pop-up and play book telling a story from the Holy Quran.
This year, the Eid Festival is supported by Lebara Mobile, Islamic Relief and The BBC Asian Network.
Notes to editors
The Food Festival opens at 12:00 and the following exhibitors will be present:
- Mani Caterers – Turkish kebabs, Turkish delight & baklava pastries
- Koshari Street – Egyptian vegetarian cuisine which includes Vegan options
- South Asian cuisine – India & Pakistan
- 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
- Zaytoun – Palestinian virgin oil, spices, olives etc.
- The Datery – luxury dates with various fillings
- Mocktail Bar with lassies and shakes. (Non-alcoholic).
- Cakes, desserts, baklava etc.
North Terrace stalls:
- Islamic Pixels – Islamic arts and frames
- Al – Hasaniya – Moroccan Women’s Centre, showcasing Moroccan culture and raising awareness about their programmes and initiatives.
- Embassy of Iran – ‘Iran at a Glance’. Showcasing Iranian culture, literature, art and music. This follows from the British Council Year of Iran 2015.
- Indonesia culture and heritage – Variety of Indonesian scarves, 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.
- Modest Fashion – Abayas and scarves.
- Billion Women – Women’s charity for homeless women.