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More top musical acts join 1 Big Multicultural Festival's exciting line-up

PUBLISHED: 11:41 15 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:41 15 August 2017

Brazilian singer/songwriter Monica Vasconcelos is set to grace the stage at this year's 1 Big Multicultural Festival in Ipswich. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Brazilian singer/songwriter Monica Vasconcelos is set to grace the stage at this year's 1 Big Multicultural Festival in Ipswich. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Two more top musical acts have been announced for this year's 1 Big Multicultural Festival in Ipswich.

Huge crowds visited Alexandra Park in Ipswich for last year's 1 Big Multicultural FestivalHuge crowds visited Alexandra Park in Ipswich for last year's 1 Big Multicultural Festival

The festival, on Sunday, August 27, will see Alexandra Park filled with a dazzling display of sounds, scents, tastes and sports from across the globe.

The event aims to get people of different cultures together to celebrate the rich diversity of the town - as well as have a whole lot of fun.

The festival, now in its seventh year, has gone from strength to strength since it was launched, now attracting more than 8,000 visitors to the park every year.

It has now been announced that dynamic Brazilian singer/songwriter Monica Vasconcelos will grace the stage along with Chinese Folk Dance artist Ms Sinman You. With no less than seven albums under her belt, and the eighth set to be released in November, Monica is bringing her Vintage Brasil sextet to enthrall the festival crowds.

Samir Miah serves up some delicious food at last year's 1 Big Multicultural FestivalSamir Miah serves up some delicious food at last year's 1 Big Multicultural Festival

The group is a retro-groove project, combining the county’s joyous, Afrobrazilian and indigenous dance rhythms with jazz in celebration of Brazil’s rich musical diversity.

Ms Sinman You has danced all over the UK in the last decade, joining forces with a variety of musicians.

Her elegant dancing will be accompanied by contemporary and traditional Chinese music.

Nii Okai Tagoe’s West to West were the first music act to announce they were playing the festival, bringing a fresh new sound to the stage with music deeply rooted in African rhythm and melody.

The event now attracts mroe than 8,000 people every yearThe event now attracts mroe than 8,000 people every year

Nii said: “It reflects an extensive international journey, from haunting Celtic violin and rockers reggae, to Welsh harp, balafon and sensational African rhythms.”

The festival is being organised by the Bangladeshi Support Centre, a Ipswich charity which works to provide help, support and education for groups and individuals and challenge to discrimination.

The event, supported by the Arts Council, is free to attend and family-friendly with a full stage line-up of sensational live music and dancing from 12pm onwards.

There will also be a host of world food stalls, a market bazaar, a five-a-side football tournament as well as a demonstration of the traditional sport of Kabaddi - the national sport of Bangladesh.

For more information about this year’s 1 Big Multicultural Festival see here.

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