Norwich Road event to celebrate diversity and multiculturalism

The family that run Cafe Central Portuguese restaurant in Norwich Road

Cafe Central Portuguese family restaurant is one of the businesses involved in the event - Credit: Cad Taylor

Celebrating the richness of culture in Ipswich's Westgate ward is the main aim of this weekend's event.

Led by Cad Taylor and The Hive community team, in partnership with Ipswich Community Media, the free celebration will include a small parade, a photograph exhibition, a pop-up radio station and various workshops. 

The event will take place on Saturday, April 9, along Norwich Road, with stalls, music and refreshment centred around Barrack Corner from 11.30am. 

A picture trail from photographers Geoff Buono and Frederico Ramos will decorate the road and a pop-up radio station will be capturing conversations at Blossom Rose's Cakes Café.

The former West End Music has been converted into a new community space

The Hive community team: L-R Sarah Nkuwga, Monika Puchala, Cad Taylor. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Speaking about the event, Cad Taylor said: "Whilst working at The Hive and Ipswich Community Media, we have got to know a lot of shop owners and children, and it's nice to have a positive boost for the area. 

"We are talking about cultures that have history, heritage and music and surely we should be working hard to engage these communities and celebrate that?" 

Westgate ward councillor Colin Kreidewolf said: "It's a diverse, multicultural area of town and that's what we want to celebrate. 

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"It gets people talking to each other and understand each other better. 

"It may be relatively small scale this year as we try to establish it, and then seek further funding to develop it further." 

A carnival was previously an annual event in Ipswich, but has not featured in the town for well over two decades. 

Norwich Road Festival is funded by Ipswich Borough Council, The Hive and Hullabaloo Festival of Suffolk.