Chinese New Year 2013

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.

Chinese New Year 2013
Canon 7D with Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 EF-S lens.
Exposure: 1/350 at f/2.8 (ISO 400) Focal length: 50mm


Chinese New Year 2013
Canon 7D with Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 EF-S lens.
Exposure: 1/125 at f/2.8 (ISO 250) Focal length: 21mm


Chinese New Year 2013
Canon 7D with Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 EF-S lens.
Exposure: 1/180 at f/4 (ISO 400) Focal length: 28mm

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Eid Festival 2011

Date: 24th September 2011
Venue: Trafalgar Square
Time: From 2pm – 6pm
Entry: FREE

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.

Chaudry Tiara Bus
The Chaudry Tiara Bus being admired by visitors at the festival.

Quest Rah
Quest Rah performing at the festival. You can find a clip of him here

Compere Asad Shan introduces Pavan
Compère Asad Shan on stage with Pavan, the Guinness Record holder of the fastest henna artist.

You can find more pictures here

Malaysian Night Market 2011

From 15.00 – 22.00hrs on 23rd September 2011, Trafalgar Square was transformed into a Malaysian Night Market. This market after a long year campaign by Malaysia Kitchen brought about educating its visitors about Malaysian cuisine. This was a free event organised by GLA and Mayor of London.

The 2012 Olympic countdown clock with the Malaysia Night Market stage in the background.

Food stalls showcasing various Malaysian cuisine

A variety performer doing a Malaysian ‘Tortoise Dance’ on stage.

Traditional Malaysian Dance

A Malaysian Traditional Dance/Singer entertaining the crowd.

You can find more pictures here

Strangers Into Citizens Rally 2009

On May 4th 2009, immigrants in the UK (undocumented) together with their supporters marched in the streets on London to have their voices heard. The message was clear, make the Strangers into Citizens.

I attended the rally and my journey started off at the Methodist Central Hall in Westminister for a church service with various leaders of the cloth, which later lead to the march all the way down to Trafalgar Square passing Downing Street on the way.

For me it was an very inspirational day.

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Please visit the Strangers into Citizens website to show your support and/or for more information about the campaign.

You can also join them via Facebook and Blogger for updates on the campaign.

Trafalgar Square

London is just a beautiful city. All you have to do is look up… the buildings of course.

Trafalgar Square, London
Trafalgar Square, London

This was taken as a friend and I were walking away from the Flora London Marathon area, The Mall, on our way to catch our train home. The sun was shining, the weather was beautiful and I just couldn’t resist taking some more pics.

The building to the right of the photo is the National Gallery. On the left is the fourth plinth installation on Trafalgar Square, Model for a Hotel 2007.

I hope to venture out soon when the sun sets to capture the city as the lights come on. In the meantime…..