Stand up star at Birmingham Eid Mela

By on 23/08/2012 in Leader, News

Cannon Hill Park will come alive with the sounds of top UK Asian and Birmingham artists as thousands celebrate Birmingham Eid Mela on September 2 from 12.30pm to 6.30pm.

Live music and entertainment throughout the day will include faith music from headline act Ashiqu Al Rasool,  Hip Hop band Deen Janjua and Mecca2Medina with a fusion of African Caribbean/Muslim/urban music.

Birmingham-born Shazia Mirza, the award winning stand up comedian and writer, will be returning to her home city especially to appear at the event. Shazia tours the world with her unique blend of comedy and has appeared on national shows including Have I Got News for You and Amercian TV. The stage will be compered by local presenter Nigina Akram.

Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council said: “Birmingham's Eid Mela celebrations are part of the city's annual programme of cultural events and festivals. 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 will be a chance for spectators 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 12.15pm with traditional readings from the Quran.  At 12.50pm there will be formal speeches from the Lord Mayor's Deputy, Cllr Mahmood Hussain and Cllr Majid Mahmood, Chair of the Eid Mela Steering Group.

Cllr Majid Mahmood, Chair of the Eid Mela organising committee said: “This year's Birmingham Eid Mela is expected to attract around 20,000 people. Birmingham's Muslim community is diverse and so we have organised what we believe to be a strong varied programme of celebration and entertainment to suit all tastes. We aim to reflect tradition as well as contemporary culture with faith music, comedy and Hip Hop.”

The Birmingham Eid Mela is organised by Birmingham City Council and is sponsored by O2.

Visitors are advised to use public transport where possible. 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.

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