Tenth year for Birmingham Eid Mela

By on 24/09/2010 in Culture, News

Birmingham Eid Mela in association with Lebara is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and is set to delight audiences this Sunday (26th September) with a whole host of top home-grown Asian entertainment and activities.

The free annual event will be taking place in Cannon Hill Park from 12.30-6.30pm. Top UK Asian artists Khiza & Aly Hash, bhangra act Bonafide and Nasir Khan. Amir Ali Khan Qawali Group will be closing the event. Presenters include BBC Asian Network's, drive time host, Noreen Khan and Murtz.

The festival celebrates Islamic culture, entertainment, sport, art and food and will feature live music and performances. Other activities including kabbadi matches, crafts, market stalls and delicious food will give people a chance to enjoy a real slice of Birmingham's vibrant Asian culture.

The event will open with traditional readings from the Quran, with formal speeches at 3pm from the Lord Mayor Cllr Len Gregory, the Chair of Birmingham Eid Mela, Committee Cllr Shukat Ali Khan and other Committee members.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture said “Last year's event was a great success, with around 25,000 people turning out to enjoy the festivities in the fantastic weather. This year promises to be just as good and I hope many of the city's residents and visitors come together in the open air to enjoy the free family-friendly entertainment.”

Russell Atkinson, Managing Director, Lebara Mobile UK, said, “Our sponsorship of this year’s Birmingham Eid Mela is part of an ongoing programme of support and commitment to our customers within the South Asian community and we are proud to be associated with this event. As a vibrant and colourful celebration of Asian culture, UK Melas offer us an ideal platform to connect with our customers and we hope, through our participation and support, to build strong relationships with the community as well as offer opportunities for such events to continue to flourish.”

The Birmingham Eid Mela is organised by Birmingham City Council in association with the Muslim community. The event is sponsored by Lebara Mobile with support from partners BBC Asian Network, Unity FM, Noor TV, British Asian Newspapers, UK Times and others.

Visitors are advised to use public transport where possible, but visitor parking will be available at the nearby Calthrope car park.  For full details log onto www.birmingham.gov.uk/eidmela or call 0121 303 3008.

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Media contact: Amrit Sahota on 0121 303 8795 or 07766 923 352 Amrit.sahota@birmingham.gov.uk

Notes to Editors

Birmingham Eid Mela is now in its 10th year and is a celebration of Eid, which is marks the end of the Muslim period of fasting.  Although the actual date of Eid changes every year, Birmingham's celebration always takes place in summer so communities can enjoy the feeling of festivity in summer weather.

Images from 2009 are available on request.

Event sponsor Lebara Mobile's vision is to be the leader in providing low-cost, high quality international mobile services. Lebara Mobile was founded in 2001 as part of the Lebara Group. Lebara was ranked as the UK's fourth fastest-growing private company in the Sunday Times 'Fast Track 100 listing' in 2006, was voted Best Newcomer at the Mobile Industry Awards in 2008, and was recently recognised as delivering the Most Innovative Service at the 2009 Mobile News Awards.

Khiza originally from Birmingham, the dancer turned producer Khiza, has successfully paved the way for music releases with his production in the following music genres; Bollywood, Reggae, Pakistani Pop, Garage, RnB and Bhangra.

Aly Hash – Khiza’s new signing Aly Hash, just 20 years of age is an upcoming artist from Birmingham.

Bonafide are an up-and-coming duo. Their music has been described as hip hop, raggeaton, bashment, with some Desi (traditional Asian) sounds.

Lala Qadeer:  famous for singing Saif Ul Malook and Sufiana Kalam, Lala Qadeer has his own programme on the KBC satellite channel.
Full schedule* for stage programme:
12:50pm Recite from Quran & event opens
1:00pm        Nashad & Naths (performances and readings from children from local Mosques)
1.20pm        Dhol Players
1:30pm         Break for prayers
1:40pm        Asif and Shezad
2:05pm        Dhol Players
2:10pm        The Decent (rock band)
2:35pm        Mecca 2 Medina
3:00pm         Speeches from the Lord Mayor and guests
3:15pm        Khiza and Aly Hash
3:45pm        Lalla Qadeer
4:15pm        Nasir Khan
4:45pm        Bona Fide
5:20pm        Dhol Players
5:25pm        Amir Ali Khan Qawali Group
6:25pm        Thanks and close
*correct at the time of release

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