Top international artist set for Birmingham Eid Mela

Cannon Hill Park will come alive with the sounds of top international and UK Asian artists as thousands celebrate Birmingham Eid Mela on Sunday 4 September from 1 – 7pm.

One of Pakistan’s most prolific and promising Qawwali singers, Qari Waheed Chishti is headlining, courtesy of SAYARTS.COM CIC.  He’s joined by top UK Asian artists Bonafide, the Amir Ali Khan Qawaali Group, Dhol Group, Lalla Qadeer, Legacy (and many more) who will perform throughout the day.  Presenters include BBC Asian Network’s Changis Raja.

Around 20,000 people are expected to join in the fun and celebrate the diversity of Birmingham’s Muslim community through its culture, music, food and sport.

As well as live music and entertainment, there’s a chance to cheer on 22 kabbadi champions as they go head to head, enjoy performances from local children and savour the sights, tastes and smells of the market place with Asian clothes, jewellery, crafts and delicious food.

The event, which marks the end of the Muslim period of fasting, opens at 1pm with traditional readings from the Quran.  At 2.45pm there will also be formal speeches from the Lord Mayor Cllr Anita Ward, Cabinet Member for Local Services and Community Safety Cllr Ayoub Khan and the Chair of Birmingham Eid Mela Committee Cllr Shaukat Ali Khan.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture said  “Last year around 20,000 people enjoyed Eid Mela and this year’s event will, I am sure, be just as good.  This year’s celebrations offer everyone the chance to come together in Cannon Hill Park and have a great time.”

Subaskaran Allirajah, Chairman of LYCAMOBILE – the largest global provider of low cost international mobile calls – and the key commercial sponsor, said “The Birmingham Eid Mela brings together people from diverse communities, much like Lycamobile’s aim to help our customers call the world for less.  I am very pleased that Lycamobile is sponsoring this fantastic event.”

Paul Lees, sales manager at Heartlands Ford which is also sponsoring the event, added  “Join us at the Heartlands Ford mobile showroom in the park where we will be showcasing Ford’s range of hi-tech vehicles, including the Fiesta, Focus, C-MAX, S-MAX and Kuga. We will also have a Henna artist on standby to create some stunning body art and a Play Station to keep the kids entertained.”

The Birmingham Eid Mela is organised by Birmingham City Council in association with the Muslim community. The event is sponsored by Lyca Mobile and Heartlands Ford with support from partners BBC Asian Network, Unity FM, Videogenics, Manchester College, British Asian Newspapers and others.

Visitors are advised to use public transport where possible, but there will be parking at Holders Lane and Calthorpe Park, and some limited spaces at the mac.  For full details see birmingham.gov.uk/eidmela or call 0121 303 3008.

ENDS

Media contact: Debbie Harrison on 0121 303 4476  debbie.harrison@birmingham.gov.uk

Press passes will be available at the event by contacting Debbie Harrison on 07766 923 352.  Please note this phone will only be in use at Eid Mela on 4 September.

Note to Editors

Full schedule* for stage programme:

1.00pm Recital from Quran (Talawat). Stage opens
1.05pm  Dhol Group
1.10pm   Nasheed Artists
1.50pm  Break for prayers
2.00pm  Dhol Group
2.10pm  AK Folk Group
2.45pm   Speeches from the Lord Mayor Cllr Anita Ward, Cllr Ayoub Khan and Cllr Shaukat Ali Khan
3.00m  Sabir Mirza
3.25pm  Lalla Qadeer
3.15pm  Dhol Group
4.00pm  Legacy
4.35pm  Iffy K
5:00pm  Bona Fide
5.40pm  Amir Ali Khan Qawali Group
6.15pm  Headline act – Qari Waheed Chishti Qawaali Group
6:55pm  Thanks and close

*correct at time of release

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