International artist headlines UBL UK Birmingham Eid Mela

By on 01/08/2013 in Culture, Deputy Leader, News
Cllr Ian Ward

Cllr Ian Ward

Cannon Hill Park will come alive with the sounds of top international and UK Asian artists as thousands celebrate UBL UK Birmingham Eid Mela on Sunday 25 August from 12.30 - 6.30pm.

The free family event, which marks the end of fasting during Ramadan, celebrates the diversity of the Muslim community in Birmingham through its music, food and sport. 

This year's event includes more than five hours of live music and entertainment with international artist Roach Killa top of the bill.  One of the most sought after performers from the global urban Asian music scene, Roach Killa picked up the Best UK Asian Urban Award at last year's BritAsia Awards.  He headlines an afternoon of free music and entertainment for the whole family, provided by BritAsia TV and Birmingham City Council and compered by Kan D Man. 

Other acts include local band Dhol Unit, up and coming artist Nafees, award winning R'n'B artist Mumzy Stranger, and BritAsia TV Superstar Finalist and leading female vocalist Rubayyat Jahan.

Alongside the concert there will also be traditional kabbadi championships, street chance cricket and a market place jam packed with Asian clothes, jewellery, crafts and delicious food.

Deputy Leader for Birmingham City Council, Cllr Ian Ward, said: “Birmingham's Eid Mela is a chance for everyone to come together and join in an afternoon of fun.  It is part of the city's annual programme of cultural events and festivals and around 20,000 people from Birmingham and beyond are expected to attend.” 

Chair of Birmingham Eid Mela Steering Group, Cllr Majid Mahmood, added: “Thanks to support from BritAsia TV, this year's Eid Mela celebrations will deliver some of the top national and international stars from the Asian music scene.  Sixteen acts will show the breadth and diversity of our culture from traditional dhol drumming to the best contemporary urban sounds.  I would also like to thank our key sponsors UBL UK and O2 for their support without which UBL UK Birmingham Eid Mela would not be possible.”

Mansoor M. Khan, CEO, UBL UK, said: “As one of the largest banks in Pakistan, and with six branches in the UK, we are proud to be the main sponsor for Birmingham's Eid Mela celebrations.  This event marks the end of Ramadan, Eid ul Fitre, and gives the whole community a chance to see the breadth of Islamic culture.  We would like to wish everyone a happy and peaceful Eid.” 

UBL UK Birmingham Eid Mela is organised by Birmingham City Council with the support of a number of partners and sponsors including UBL UK, BritAsia TV, O2, Al Faisals, Asian World, Edgbaston Cricket Ground and Amey.

Visitors are advised to use public transport where possible and can call traveline on 0870 608 2608 for details.  Free parking is available at the mac (limited spaces) and Warwickshire Cricket Ground. 

For further details visit events.birmingham.gov.uk or call 0121 303 3008. 

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For more media information contact Debbie Harrison on 0121 303 4476 / 078801 80385

Notes to Editors

About UBL UK:

United Bank Ltd (UBL UK) is UBL UK Birmingham Eid Mela's main sponsor.  Formed in 2001, UBL UK is a subsidiary of the UBL Pakistan, whose main shareholder is the Bestway Group UK.  UBL UK has six branches located in Central London (Mayfair), Ilford, Bradford, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.  United Bank UK is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

Stage Programme

1.15pm    Majid
1.20pm    Desi Moves
1.30pm    Faz Star
1.40pm    Deen Janjua
2.00pm    Bilal Aziz
2.20pm    Dhol Unit & Parvez Junaid
2.40pm    Ali Romeo
3.00pm    Speeches
3.20pm    Asif Khan
3.40pm    Usman Rehman
4.00pm    Sparkaman MGM
4.20pm    Juz D
4.40pm    Khiaza & Soni Janjua
5.00pm    Rubayyat
5.20pm    Mumzy
5.40pm    Nafees
6.00pm    Roach Killa
6.30pm    Close

Getting there

Buses - 1, 45 and 47
To plan your journey by public transport call traveline on 0870 608 2608

By car - parking will be free of charge at the mac (limited spaces) and Warickshire Cricket Ground.

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