UBL UK Birmingham Eid Mela this Bank Holiday Sunday

By on 22/08/2013 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 this Bank Holiday Sunday 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 KanDman.  

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.  

Roads around the park, including Russell Road and Moorcroft Road, will be closed from 11am to 6.30pm.  All residents affected have been sent passes and a letter with full details of the traffic restrictions. 

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


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 

12.30pm    Local artists

1.15pm     Mustafa Twins

1.25pm     Mohammed Amir

1.35pm     Desi Moves

1.45pm     Sajjad

2.00pm     Dhol Unit & Parvez Junaid

2.20pm     Ali Romeo

2.40pm     Bilal Aziz

3.00pm     Speeches

3.15pm     Usman Rehman

3.30pm     Sparkaman MGM

3.45pm     Juz D

4.00pm     Khiaza & Soni Janjua

4.20pm     Asif Khan

4.40pm     Sama Blake

5.00pm     Rubayyat

5.15pm     Mumzy/Char Avell & Junai Kaden

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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