This year will be the Mayor of London’s 17th Eid in the Square and to celebrate the return of major festivals to our great city and London’s iconic Trafalgar Square our theme is #LetsDoLondon.
This unique cultural event marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. Developed in partnership with London based arts, culture and grass roots Muslim organisations this vibrant festival brings communities, families and friends together to enjoy the celebrations.
The Main Stage will be hosted by award winning actor, filmmaker and BBC Asian Network presenter Mistah Islah alongside former teacher and trailblazing broadcaster Mehreen Baig and features a mix of traditional and contemporary acts including Baha Yetin Sufi Ensemble, Qalandar Qawwali’s, Dur Dur Band, Star Children’s Choir and the Original Mummy’s Boy, spoken word poet Hussain Manawar, plus a special guest star.
Plus watch out for comedy sketch favourites The Halalians live on stage for the first time here at Eid in the Square.
Alif carnival company will be bringing a sea of stunning Eid Costumes to the Square – a great opportunity for a selfie.
We’ve a feast of global food stalls to tempt you with including Indian street food from Mr Bombay, silk road delights from Oshpaz Uzbek Street Food, Venezualan fayre from Pebellon and Somalian treats from Hooyo East. Plus, Grammy award-winning producer Naughty Boy will be spicing things up in his Naughty Boy Kitchen pop up serving signature dishes fusing his British upbringing and Pakistani heritage. A full list of caterers can be found below.
There will be a hive of activities across the Square including WAW Creative Art Zone with calligraphy, storytelling and drama workshops as well as a large art wall for you to add your splash of creativity too, the Somali Mobile Museum inviting you to share your stories, plus Mehndi and Face Painting. We’ve some fun sporting activities too with Muslim Girls Fencing and Sisterhood FC who will be running interactive sessions throughout the day.
The North Terrace hosts a number of stalls including Desi Doll Company, Vennuss clothing, Islamic Art Prints, Shahid Afridi Foundation and many more. A full list can be found below.
And, did you know that Trafalgar Square was rich in Muslim history? Halal Tourism Britain will be running free 20-minute bite-sized tours Muslim Stories of Trafalgar Square on the hour from 12:30pm – 5:30pm.