Mayor of London Boris Johnson has confirmed the African festival in Trafalgar Square today is part of the capital's Black History Month. The festival will feature inspirations from many African traditions and cultures, supported by Lebara, Air France and The Voice newspaper.
One of the weekend's highlights will be the the Square Celebrates Talent (ACT) which is a show for performers under 25 in front of a live audience. There will also be a fashion show featuring designers from the African UK fashion scene. The festival will take place today from 12pm to 6pm in Trafalgar Square
'London is home to a large and diverse number of African communities, who contribute to the cultural and economic life of the capital and reinforce the historic ties we have to that great continent. As we mark Black History Month I am delighted to be welcoming this celebration of African culture to Trafalgar Square. It will be an opportunity for all Londoners to explore Africa's rich heritage and traditions.'
Future London Mayoral hopeful Eddie Izzard says he wants to send a message that Londoners "care" about the Scottish independence referendum, and urged the Scottish people to vote 'No' at a Trafalgar Square rally this evening.
He also told our reporter Rags Martel he had no plans to run for London Mayor in 2016, but still hopes to become Mayor or an MP in 2020.
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London's Trafalgar square will be transformed into giant 13th century banquet today to mark the Feast of St George.
The festival will feature stalls selling traditional English food and traditional garden games and music.
An artist who has won the chance to showcase his sculpture on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square has called his work a "paradox".
David Shrigley, said his work, which includes a giant out-stretched thumb, was "slightly satirical but also serious at the same time".
Two sculptures to take place on Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth has been described as "wryly enigmatic in their own way", by the Mayor of London.
Boris Johnson said the sculpture of a riderless horse and a 10-metre-high thumbs up were "very different", adding:
Our rolling programme of art continues to surprise, providing a contrast to its historic surroundings and giving Londoners and visitors alike another reason to visit Trafalgar Square.
A riderless horse and a 10-metre-high thumbs up are the latest works that will take their place on Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth.
The horse, complete with an electronic ribbon tied to its leg displaying the latest live Stock Exchange prices, is by German artist Hans Haacke and will be unveiled next year.
David Shrigley's bronze Really Good will be unveiled in 2016.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said the "two very different sculptures" were "wryly enigmatic in their own way".
The next two works of art to occupy the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square will be unveiled today.
Six artists are competing against each other to fill the coveted spot.
Two will be chosen to occupy the plinth in 2015 and 2016.
Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture, will announce the winners at 9:15 this morning.
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Trafalgar Square's Christmas tree has been delicately moved into position, before the lights are switched on later this week. Cranes were used to lift the 60ft tree earlier today. This 30 second timelapse video shows how it was lifted.