Big John’s Birmingham Eid Mela takes place this weekend

By on 13/08/2014 in Culture, News

The Big John's Birmingham Eid Mela will take place at Cannon Hill Park on Sunday, 17 August, celebrating the diversity of the city's Muslim community through its culture, food, sport, art and entertainment.

Now in its 14th year, the popular festival is a celebration of Eid, which marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim period of fasting.

This year, the free annual event includes live music from an array of artists, including Canadian-based Roach Killa, as well as Hunterz, Bona Fide, Shide Boss and Sama Blake, compered by BBC Asian Network presenter Kan D Man.

There will also be funfair rides, a sports area hosting a Kabaddi tournament, a bazaar with clothing, jewellery, music and craft stalls, plus a whole host of catering units selling a vast array of traditional Asian food.

Cllr Zafar Iqbal, chair of Birmingham Eid Mela Steering Group, said: “The Big John's Birmingham Eid Mela is a fantastic opportunity for people to come together for a celebration that promises to be even bigger and better than last year's event. As a council, we are proud to include Eid Mela as part of our annual programme of cultural events and festivals.

“We are once again fortunate to have the support of BritAsia TV, who have ensured that we have yet another star-studded line-up celebrating the very best of the Asian music scene. I would also like to thank our other partners and sponsors, including our key sponsor Big John's, without whom the Birmingham Eid Mela would not be possible.”

In addition to Big John's and BritAsia TV, other partners and sponsors for the event include The Asian Today, Islamic Help, Amey and Warwickshire Cricket Ground.

The event runs from 1pm to 7pm and free public car parking is available at Warwickshire Cricket Ground, with limited parking also available at the mac arts complex.

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For further media information, please contact Jonathan Horsfall on 0121 303 3367

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