News of – MULTICULTURAL EID FESTIVAL : SUNDAY 26 JULY 2015 Open Market #Brighton

Update from OpenMarket trader Mohammed Asaduzzaman


held at Brighton Open MarketMarshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU

on Sunday 26th July between 11am – 3:30pm.

The traders’ stalls will be open, joined by a variety of organisations and activities as The Open Market springs into life to celebrate the arrival of Eid, a time of renewal, giving, joy and forgiveness – an event for all, a non-denominational celebration, much like Christmas.

The Festival is organised in partnership with faith groups, community groups, charities and service providers across the city (see over for some involved), in a spirit of unity, to promote community cohesion, break down social barriers, promote peace and harmony within the city and increase cultural diversity within the London Road and among the users of the community market. It will include:

• A cultural exhibition, display of information regarding the heritage, history of these cultural groups within Brighton & Hoveand the local community
• Short films to be run throughout the event
• Promotion of health and wellbeing within the community          
• Poetry, storytelling, comedy
• Children’s activities, eg face painting
• International music and dance 
• Asian tea culture
• In the spirit of Eid, simple food and sweets will be shared amongst visitors in a symbolic gesture and to stress the importance of providing for those in need.


The occasion provides an opportunity for local organisations and community groups to explain their work and share it with the wider community.

But, most of all, it is a chance to share some fun.

It is fully supported by The Mayor of Brighton & HoveLynda Hyde.

The Festival is timed to take place within a few days of the end of the month of Ramadan, which is, in itself, a period of quiet reflection. Eid, which begins with the sighting of the new moon, is a joyous occasion for families and for all.

It follows the success of the One Voice Community event in May and July’s 1 Year Anniversary of The Open Market and Children’s Day events, all of which are raising the profile of this vibrant London Road area of the city and helping to make The Open Market a shopping and recreation destination of choice.

 Co-ordinator of this event is market trader Mohammed Asaduzzaman, well known as a chef, purveyor of home made Bangladeshi food and for his commitment to community cohesion and activities, who runs ‘Mohammed-Spice Of Life’ Unit 19 The Open Market


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