London festival

The London festival returns to Trafalgar Square this weekend

A party: Eid in the square (AFP via Getty Images)

We haven’t had the chance to gather in central London for the Mayor’s annual Eid celebrations since 2019 – but this weekend they will be back in full force.

To mark the end of Ramadan and throw an almighty feast after a month of fasting, some of the city’s best food vendors will come together to serve up a storm, from Uzbek street food to churros and donuts.

And that’s not all, with musical artists, interactive activities and much more to explore.

Here’s what you need to know about Eid in the square.

When and where is Eid in the square?

The events will take place in Trafalgar Square from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday May 7. Participation is free for all.

Who will perform?

Actor, filmmaker and presenter Mistah Islah will host the main stage alongside broadcaster Mehreen Baig, with a lineup of music, comedy, dance, poetry and more to enjoy throughout the day.

Turkish oud maestro Baha Yektin will perform with his Sufi ensemble, while the funky sound of Somalia will be offered by the Dur-Dur Band. Spoken word poet Hussain Manawer is also featured, as are sketch comedy favorites The Halalians.

The full lineup for the main stage is below:

  • Arfoud Brothers and Sisters

  • Baha Yetkin Sufi Set

  • Nafees Irfan & Qalandar Qawwali Band

  • Grace and Poise Academy

  • Hussain Manawer

  • Hawiyya Dance Company

  • Nusaiba Mohammad Timol

  • The Halalians

  • Tape Hard-Hard

  • Star Children’s Choir

What will there be to eat?

A feast worthy of the end of Ramadan will also be in order, and various food stalls will be present to deliver the goods. Indian street food will be offered by Mr. Bombay, while a taste of Uzbek street food will be served by Oshpaz. Elsewhere, producer Naughty Boy will flex his culinary muscles with his pop-up, run in conjunction with Spice Village.

The complete list of food traders is as follows:

What else is going on?

There will be all sorts of other activities dotted around the square, from face painting stalls and costumed Eid performers, to the chance to pick up Islamic art prints or take part in football sessions organized by the Sisterhood FC.

Here is the full recap:

  • Alif New Beginnings – Eid Costume Artists

  • British Pakistan Foundation and Mentyoo

  • Darussalam toys and Islamic books

  • Desi Doll Company

  • Halal Tourism Britain – short tours revealing the Muslim stories of Trafalgar Square

  • Islamic art prints

  • London Muslim Health Network

  • Mahiz Mehndi

  • Metropolitan Police Services and Muslim Police Association

  • Face painting of Maryam Luong

  • Muslim Girls Fence – interactive fencing lessons for everyone

  • Muslim Scout Community – interactive activities

  • Numbi Arts – Somali Mobile Museum

  • Shade 7 Publishing / Kidwise – Phases of the Moon – Scientific Workshops

  • Sisterhood FC – interactive football sessions for everyone

  • Vennuss Clothing

  • WAW Creative Arts Zone – calligraphy workshops, art wall, storytelling and theater

  • Yunus Emre Institute London

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