Eid in the Square has taken place in London's Trafalgar Square each year
since 2006. It is a celebration of the Muslim festival of Eid ul-fitr ("breaking
of the fast"), which comes at the end of the month of Ramadan.
In 2011 Eid in the Square will be in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 24
September 2011 from 2-6pm. For further information, see: http://www.london.gov.uk/event-meeting/2011/sep/eid-festival
Artists performing in 2011:
Akeem: French MC Akeem fuses rap, hip-hop and spoken word. He also runs
workshops that promote music to the younger generation, and works with organisations
such as Londons North African Arts.
Cheb Nacim: Cheb Nacims distinctive voice and rhythmic style mixes
modern Rai with traditional music. Nacim was educated at the El Mousiliya
school in Algeria and performs with the Rai Music Band.
Islamia Primary School Choir: Ranging from the age of eight to eleven,
the choir specialises in singing traditional and modern Naseeds in Arabic and
Mohamed Madadi: Currently studying his A-levels, seventeen year old British-Somalian
Mohamed aims to inspire other young people through his Nasheeds.
Nabila: London-based, Venezuela born Nabila blends world, jazz, acoustic
and dance sounds.
Quest Rah: British born of Egyptian/Polish origin, Quest Rahs music
blends poetry, lyricism and melody with decisive ethnic beats.
Rakin Niass: Previously a member of Cash Crew and M2M, at Eid, Rakin will
perform his brand of rap, spoken word and reggae fusion solo.
Ramzi: UK-based, but of Lebanese origin, Ramzis global background
has flavoured his music, fusing western and Middle Eastern sounds.
Raouf: Oxford-based Raoufs musical style mixes Arabic, African and
western fusion with hip-hop and raga. His lyrics in Arabic, French and English
are inspired by poetry.
Sound of Reason: MTVs artist of the month, Canadian duo Francis and
Ku have gained a worldwide following less than a year after releasing their first
Suhail Ahmed Qadri: British Pakistani Suhails talent for reciting
the Quran and singing Nasheeds has seen the sometime TV anchor, leading youth
workshops and acting as a judge on Ummah Talent.
With appearances from Zee TV artists:
Jernade Miah Bangladeshi R&B urban singer
Shide Boss British rap and slow jam artist of Pakistani origin
Abbas Hassan London-based, Canadian-born, French-Asian pop artist,
actor and model.
The pictures below were taken at the 2007 event.
Call to prayer
Reading from the Qu'ran
English translation of the reading
The event started with a number of short speeches by politicians and Muslim officials.
Eid in the Square was organised jointly by the Mayor of London and the Muslim
Council of Britain.
(Mayor of London)
Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari (Secretary
General of the Muslim Council of Britain)
Dr Hany El-Banna OBE
(President of Islamic Relief)
Olive Tree Supplementary School perform two nasheeds ...
... they are aged between 3 and 6
Tala Al Badru (originally from Nigeria)
Prince Abdi: Somali comic
Hussein Zahawy playing the Daf (Persian/Iranian drum)
Aashiq Al Rasul
Eid in the Square 2006: Ideas/Album/Eid-2006
Pakistan Independence Day festival: Ideas/Album/Pakistan-Independence-Day
Religion in the UK: Personal/Religion
Useful links for people in the UK from Arab League countries: Links/Arab
Useful links for Bangladeshi people in the UK: Links/Bangladesh
Useful links for Pakistani people in the UK: Links/Pakistan
Photos from other annual events: Ideas/Album
Trafalgar Square: Travel/Tours/London/TrafalgarSquare
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