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Annual multicultural celebration returns to Ipswich Library this Saturday

PUBLISHED: 17:46 22 June 2016 | UPDATED: 17:46 22 June 2016

Patricia Zapata de Kemp performs traditional Peruvian dances at Ipswich County Library's annual Multicultural Day in 2014.

Patricia Zapata de Kemp performs traditional Peruvian dances at Ipswich County Library's annual Multicultural Day in 2014.

Flamenco performances, African drummers, Cuban samba, a middle eastern live band, belly dancing - this year's multicultural day at Ipswich Library promises to be bigger and better than ever.

In its eighth year, the event is now a firm fixture in the Northgate Street library’s summer calender and sees thousands of people of different ages, cultures and backgrounds turn out to enjoy the celebration.

Ipswich Library’s Helen Milne, who takes a key role in co-ordinating the event, said: “Ipswich County Library is very proud to be running this popular event.

“It is more important than ever to celebrate the diversity and creativity in our town and what better way to celebrate than with a free day packed full of performances, activities, food and information.

“This year we really do have the best line-up ever, with lots to enjoy.”

The event will also include African and Indian food stalls, henna tattoos, face painting, information stalls by local multicultural organisations, a fashion show, African stories and a live kids’ radio station.

Anyone is welcome to drop in to the library on Saturday between 10.30am and 3.30pm and the event will close with a set by nationally acclaimed folk band Kiss the Mistress.

There will also be a print-making workshop by Oyster Community Press as part of a project it is running called Eye for Ipswich which will feature a special exhibition on display at the library from June 23 for a month.

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