Thousands of people gather for Luton community festival to celebrate Eid al-Fitr

Thousands of smiles were raised at the Inspire Eid community festival in Luton last week.

By Lynn Hughes
Tuesday, 10th May 2022, 12:05 pm
Youngsters enjoy the fun at Lewsey park

The two-day festival, which is run by Inspire FM with Luton Sixth Form College and Barnfield College, attracted thousands to Lewsey Park in Luton on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 May to celebrate Eid al-Fitr.

The event's ethos is about providing an affordable Eid celebration and featured heavily discounted funfair rides, free family activities, international food and live stage performances.

Festival Manager, Mohammed Tariq, said: “It was amazing seeing families and friends celebrating Eid together.

“Making the day affordable is an important aspect of the Inspire Eid festival and is one of our key considerations when running this event. I want to extend my appreciation to all those who made this possible.”

Inspire Eid has been running since 2019 as part of the community radio station’s aim of ensuring people are not excluded from celebrating together due to the cost of a day out.

Altaf Hussain, CEO and Principal of Luton Sixth Form College, said: “If a community is all about its kindness, its integrity and its compassion, then Luton genuinely is the best town in the world.”

Cath Gunn, Principal at Barnfield College, said: “It’s an absolute privilege to be here today.

“A big thank you to Inspire FM for their hard work in organising the event.”

Sarah Owen, MP for Luton North, where the festival took place, said: “This is a real community event from the community, for the community.”

A key part of the festival was the ‘Every Child Smiles’ campaign which was a collaboration with local schools and Luton Foodbank to provide free ride tokens to families who need a little bit of support.

Liz Stringer from Luton Foodbank said: “We are grateful for the support from the community with the ‘Every Child Smiles’ campaign to ensure this event is affordable for everyone.”

Inspire FM would like to thank its supporters for making the event possible: Luton Sixth Form College, Barnfield College, AA Carpets and Furniture, Liberty Law Solicitors, Bath and Tile Superstore, Tops Pizza, Chiltern Learning Trust, M&K Solicitors and Murganos Grill.

The organisers would also like to thank Luton Council, The Mall Luton, MB Solicitors, Venue Central, D&G Amusements and Connect4Causes.