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Positive vibes at seventh 1 Big Multicultural Festival in Ipswich's Alexandra Park

PUBLISHED: 20:04 27 August 2017 | UPDATED: 20:04 27 August 2017

Lots of people turned out and enjoyed the lovely weather, array of food, and performances on stage. Picture: JAMES AGER

Lots of people turned out and enjoyed the lovely weather, array of food, and performances on stage. Picture: JAMES AGER

James Ager

Families of different beliefs and backgrounds came together for a day of "oneness" filled with entertainment, food and sport in the blazing sunshine of an Ipswich park.

A youngster enjoys swinging on the bungee. Picture: JAMES AGERA youngster enjoys swinging on the bungee. Picture: JAMES AGER

The seventh 1 Big Multicultural Festival, hosted by the Bangladeshi Support Centre, was attended by thousands of people this afternoon.

There was plenty for visitors to enjoy, from games of the traditional Indian sport Kabaddi, to Bollywood dance performances and food stands of delicacies from around the world.

Boshor Ali, chairman of the Bangladeshi Support Centre, said the festival, held at Alexandra Park, got bigger and better every year.

He added: “The whole purpose of this event is to bring communities together, break down barriers and create oneness within our communities.”

Mohammed Alam, one of the organisers, added: “It’s a fantastic day - people from all backgrounds are here enjoying it.”

Tony Earey travelled from Colchester with his partner to attend the event.

He said: “This is our third year here and we just enjoy it.

“It’s a lovely afternoon with good music which you wouldn’t usually hear and it’s a friendly, family day out.”

Indian sport Kabbadi attracted crowds as well. Picture: JAMES AGERIndian sport Kabbadi attracted crowds as well. Picture: JAMES AGER

Pavan Akula said his favourite thing about the day was the weather and the music, adding: “You can clearly see the multi-culture here, which is great.”

James Mullan releases a flock of doves at the start of the festival every year to symbolise peace.

He said: “I think it’s brilliant. The story of the day is we are all the same, no matter what colour we are.

“It brings people together. There’s enough divide in the world.”

Lots of people turned out and enjoyed the lovely weather, array of food, and performances on stage. Picture: JAMES AGERLots of people turned out and enjoyed the lovely weather, array of food, and performances on stage. Picture: JAMES AGER

Lisa Evans attended the festival for the first time this year and took along her husband and two children, aged four and seven.

She said: “We have come to have a look and it’s been really good. It’s nice to see communities together.”

Bhargavi Guvvala said the festival promoted understanding of different cultures.

Martin, who did not want to give his last name, said: “It’s been a lovely day.

Crowds enjoying the Multicultural Festival. Picture: JAMES AGERCrowds enjoying the Multicultural Festival. Picture: JAMES AGER

“It’s nice to have a multicultural celebration. We are a country and community of wide cultures so let’s embrace it and enjoy it.

“I think it’s a fantastic opportunity. Anything that gets people into town, spending money and bringing people together can’t be bad.”

There was a wide range of activities and rides for children to try out. Picture: JAMES AGERThere was a wide range of activities and rides for children to try out. Picture: JAMES AGER

A woman has a henna tattoo applied at one of the many stalls. Crowds enjoying the Multicultural Festival. Picture: JAMES AGERA woman has a henna tattoo applied at one of the many stalls. Crowds enjoying the Multicultural Festival. Picture: JAMES AGER

Members of the Bangladeshi Support Centre and a range of local dignitaries at the event. Picture: JAMES AGERMembers of the Bangladeshi Support Centre and a range of local dignitaries at the event. Picture: JAMES AGER

Members of the Bangladeshi Support Centre and a range of local dignitaries at the event at the Coffee Link stall. Picture: JAMES AGERMembers of the Bangladeshi Support Centre and a range of local dignitaries at the event at the Coffee Link stall. Picture: JAMES AGER

Members of the Bangladeshi Support Centre and a range of local dignitaries at the event. Picture: JAMES AGERMembers of the Bangladeshi Support Centre and a range of local dignitaries at the event. Picture: JAMES AGER

Terry Baxter, CEO of Inspire Suffolk, speaks to the crowds. Picture: JAMES AGERTerry Baxter, CEO of Inspire Suffolk, speaks to the crowds. Picture: JAMES AGER

Boshor Ali, chairman of the Bangladeshi Support Centre, thanks the crowds for supporting the event. Picture: JAMES AGERBoshor Ali, chairman of the Bangladeshi Support Centre, thanks the crowds for supporting the event. Picture: JAMES AGER

Suffolk Police & Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore speaks to the crowds. Picture: JAMES AGERSuffolk Police & Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore speaks to the crowds. Picture: JAMES AGER

Ipswich MP Sandy Martin. Picture: JAMES AGERIpswich MP Sandy Martin. Picture: JAMES AGER

The Ipswich Malayalee Bollywood Dance Group perform at the Multicultural Festival. Picture: JAMES AGERThe Ipswich Malayalee Bollywood Dance Group perform at the Multicultural Festival. Picture: JAMES AGER

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