Eid in London’s Trafalgar Square

19 Oct 2007

London – Muslim Londoners will be celebrating the festival of Eid ul-Fitr on Saturday in Trafalgar Square. The occasion will bring together London’s diverse Muslim community who will enjoy the best of British Muslim cultural talent.

This cultural extravaganza is organised by the Muslim Council of Britain with support from the Mayor of London. MCB Secretary General Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari said: “Eid in the Square will be bigger and better this year with a line- up of Muslim artistic talent taking the stage, promising an afternoon of thrilling performance.” Mayor Ken Livingstone said: “Eid celebrations in Trafalgar Square provide an opportunity for Muslims and non-Muslims to unite and experience the cultural richness and diversity of Islam.”

The event will include live entertainment from a range of acts including Poetic Pilgrimage, a popular female spoken-word duo. Mesut Kurtis will take to the stage to perform songs from his first nasheed (Islamic-oriented) album. Mesut has performed extensively in Turkey and is also a gifted multi-linguist, being fluent in five languages.

Spirtual singer Nazeel Azami found his early inspiration for singing through his mother, who would play her collection of spiritual songs at home, including those sung by her brother, a renowned Bengali singer and lyricist. He has performed before a variety of audiences, particularly in London at conferences and religious events.

Comedy will be delivered by Prince Abdi, a talented young comic from south-London. He is one of the few Somalian comedians and has already made his name performing in places such as Hackney Empire, Comedy cafe, and the Comedy Store. Hussein Zahawy learnt how to play the Def (Kurdish drum) at the age of three, and later followed his interest of further Kurdish pulsatile instruments like the Do-taple, Dohol, Tas and the Iranian Santur. He has played a number of high profile music events both as a soloist and with accompanists of Persian and Kurdish musicians.

During the event a street bazaar and exhibitions and displays about Islam will be in the square. Henna painting and creative activities for children have also been arranged.

Eid in the Square is organised by the Muslim Council of Britain, supported by the Mayor of London and produced in association with Islamic Relief and the Islam Channel. Additional sponsors include Transport for London, Unison and Muslim Aid.

Notes to Editors:

1. Eid in the Square is to take place in the world famous Trafalgar Square in the heart of London on 20 October between 1pm and 5pm. For further information, visit: www.eidinthesquare.com

2. The event, marking the end of Ramadan, the holiest month for Muslims, is supported by the Mayor of London and organised by the Muslim Council of Britain. Eid in the Square, the second of its kind, brings together London’s diverse Muslim communities and extends an invitation to the rest of London to celebrate together

3. The Muslim Council of Britain (www.mcb.org.uk) is the UK’s representative Muslim umbrella body with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.

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