weekend in Trafalgar Square

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Two-day festival this weekend in Trafalgar Square.
The show begins on Saturday 15 October with Africa on the Square: for the third time in a row, the festival returns to town to celebrate the African culture and art.
The event is part of Black History Month, strongly wanted by the Mayor Sadiq Khan, as to give due homage to the African and Caribbean communities who have contributed, by their presence, to make the British capital one of the most multicultural, vibrant and successful places on planet.
“London is an open city, but the improvement of social integration is still one of the biggest challenges we face” said Khan.
From the very first moment of his investiture, he always stated the importance of promoting social integration by bringing people from different backgrounds and parts of London together.
So what to expect?
Live music, bands and singers coming from South Africa, Burundi, Mozambique, Congo, Cameroon, Algeria and Nigeria.
The show will be compered by Esther Alade, Usifu Jalloh and DJ Rita Ray, former presenter on BBC for Focus on Africa, an African music review.
So come and enjoy a Saturday of live music, entertainment, dances, talent shows and food stalls, of course.
From 12pm to 6pm. Admission is free.
Celebrations go on with Diwali on the Square on Sunday 16 September 16 that gathers in the square the Indian Sikh, Hindu and Jain communities.
Diwali literally means “a row of lamps” and no name could be more appropriate for what is better known as the festival of lights.
These symbolically represent the victory of good over evil, light over darkness. Diwali marks a new beginning and embodies all the virtues such as love, reflection, forgiveness and knowledge.
Each one of the different Indian communities celebrate Diwali according to their own traditions.
For Hindus celebration lasts five days, to bless reconciliation and forgiveness, as well as the importance of using our strengths for the benefit of humankind and not to abuse our power.
Diwali is particularly felt by Sikhs who celebrate the release from prison of the sixth Guru Hargobind, along with 52 other princes.
Jains instead celebrate Diwali as the symbolic representation of knowledge given by Mahavira, Indian monk and philosopher, for the peace and welfare of all living beings.
The programme features yoga and meditation, dance, lessons on how to wear the sari and fun activities for the little ones.
Free entry from 1pm to 7pm.

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