Eid Festival 2018
Come and join us on Saturday 23 June for the Eid Festival 2018 at Trafalgar Square!
Thousands of Londoners and visitors join us every year for this event hosted by the Mayor of London, celebrating the end of Ramadan with an exciting stage line up, family fun and the compelling smells of delicious food!
The main stage in Trafalgar Square provides a focal point for some world class music and entertainment, co-hosted by a wonderful pairing of Sameena Ali-Khan and Remona Aly. Sameena Ali-Khan is an award-winning presenter and news anchor for ITV Central, and Remona is a journalist, commentator and regular contributor to BBC Radio programmes.
We are delighted to welcome Mariah Idrissi as a special guest to Eid Festival 2018.
"The Face of a Generation", Mariah was the first hijab-wearing model to be featured in an international fashion campaign for H&M, an extraordinary move for the brand which saw both Mariah and H&M make news headlines as the campaign went viral and shone a global spotlight on her.
We have an exciting line up for this years' stage programme, with a great range of local and international artists.
12:10 Gnawa UK
The musical heart cries of enslaved West Africans who were displaced to Morocco in the 12th century, Gnawa is the original trance music. The catchy refrains and chants will infuse your head and body with beautiful ancient rhythmic sounds that will have you dancing and singing with joy.
12:40 Khan Brothers Qawwali Group (Ustad Haji Ameer Khan Qawwal)
Ustad Haji Ameer Khan Qawwal is the leader of the UK's finest and oldest qawwali groups, The Khan Brothers. They've been performing on an international scale for the past 30 years, in many places such as the World Sacred Music Festival, Oxford and Cambridge University, London Mela and many more!
13:10 Simona Abdallah
A Palestinian born in Germany, Simona taught herself to play the Darbuka and has been playing since the age of 15. Simona broke tradition by becoming the first female musician from an Arabic background to play this instrument, and has been touring around the world with her virtuoso performances.
13:40 Al-Sadiq and Al-Zahra School Choir
Established in 1991, Al-Sadiq and Al-Zahra (ASAZS) are independent Islamic faith schools from the London Borough of Brent. The all-girls school choir performed a heartfelt version of Insha Allah at the Grenfell Tower fire memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral earlier in 2018.
14:20 Maya Youssef - Ornina - Women's Ensemble (presented by Refugee Week)
A Syrian, super talented musician who recently released her first and critically acclaimed album, Syrian Dreams. She will be performing Arab and Syrian traditional music with Ornina - a women's ensemble made of 3 solo singers, cello, nay, percussion and oud together with a choir of 10 from the Middle East.
15:05 Awate (presented by Refugee Week)
Awate is a rapper and producer from Maiden Lane Estate in Camden. As a refugee from Eritrea via Saudi Arabia, Awate's lyrics are a complex train of thought on subjects like self-esteem, racism, pride and class. Building a reputation as an electrifying and engaging live performer, Awate has toured worldwide with Lowkey since 2010 and has supported the likes of Jay Electronica, Ghetts, Big Daddy Kane, Mos Def and Talib Kweli. 2018 will see the release of Awate's debut LP, Happiness.
15:50 Pearls of Islam
The Pearls are pioneers of the Muslim female artists scene and have opened doors and encouraged other women to seek forms and outlets of creativity and spirituality. They have been sharing their influences of love and spirituality throughout Europe and beyond, including countries such as Spain, Germany, Cyprus, Holland, Switzerland, Norway and Guyana.
16:20 Voice of Peace Children's Choir
Voice of Peace is a Muslim children's choir founded by Nida Trust with the aim to empower young people through the medium of song in order to connect communities and to deliver a positive message of peace. Following their wonderful performance last year, we are very pleased to welcome them back to the stage.
16:40 Isam B
Isam B has been performing with his band Outlandish for 20 years, is now on a solo-mission releasing songs searching for deeper love, peace and harmony. Throughout his childhood he has shared his voice in peace hymns, when the family has been gathering at many occasions, especially at Eid.
"Peace Hymn" was released during Eid on Friday 15 June, a feast day that marks the end of Ramadan, where Muslims all over the world has been focusing on fasting, praying and doing good deeds. This will be shared with us at Trafalgar Square on 23 June.
17:20 Native Sun
London-based Native Sun are bilingual rapper Mohammed Yahya, born in Mozambique, and singer/songwriter Sarina Leah, born in London with Caribbean roots. Fusing hip-hop and African rhythms with the aim of promoting a positive image of universal peace, equality, social justice and environmental change, they will surely lift the spirits of all who see them.
A wonderful array of food, sweet treats and refreshing drinks will be available from:
- Bamboo House
- Bliss Street
- Bombay Street Food
- Cordial Mixologist
- Darlish Ice Cream
- EMA Catering
- Exotic Tagine
- Nusa Dua
- Shocka Coconuts
- The Cane Press
- Village Gujju's Recipe
Eid Festival 2018 is presented by the Mayor of London, with support from Lebara Mobile and Penny Appeal as this year's supporting partners.