Event: Chinese New Year Venue: West End and Chinatown – London Date: 10th February 2013
The Year of the Snake was celebrated in style in London as the Chinese community celebrated their new year.
There was a parade in the streets of London around the Chinatown and a hive of activity in Chinatown itself as visitors flocked the area to get into the spirit of the Chinese New Year celebrations despite the cold and wet weather.
Date: 24th September 2011
Venue: Trafalgar Square
Time: From 2pm – 6pm
This festival celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr, the Islamic holiday marking the end of fasting for Ramadan.
Trafalgar Square’s Eid Festival showcased a range of entertainment reflecting the diversity, culture and languages of London’s Muslim communities.
The main stage featured live music covering a range of forms, both traditional and modern. Artists included the hip-hop performers Akeem and MC Quest-Rah, the reggae-fusion of Rakin and the internationally acclaimed Sound of Reason from Canada.
In addition you could hear Nebila’s acoustic jazz, Naseeds from the Islamia School Choir, Raouf’s Arabic, African and Western fusion as well as Nasheeds from Suhail Ahmed Qadri and Mohamed Madadi.
There were also guest appearances from Zee TV artists Jernade Miah, Shide Boss, Ramzi and Abbas Hassan.
There was fun for the whole family, including a children’s area in which to sample scouting activities, souvenir stalls, traditional Eid festive food as well as the opportunity to sing to camera!
All were welcome to attend Eid Festival, which has grown to become one of London’s cultural highlights, attracting crowds of over 25,000 people.
The Chaudry Tiara Bus being admired by visitors at the festival.
Quest Rah performing at the festival. You can find a clip of him here
Compère Asad Shan on stage with Pavan, the Guinness Record holder of the fastest henna artist.