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One Big Multicultural festival returns this weekend

PUBLISHED: 11:20 28 August 2019 | UPDATED: 13:09 28 August 2019

Colourful scenes around the 1 Big Multicultural Festival at Alexandra Park  Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Colourful scenes around the 1 Big Multicultural Festival at Alexandra Park Picture: RACHEL EDGE

The popular One Big Multicultural festival is set to return to Ipswich this weekend, with organisers hoping that this year's event will be bigger than ever before.

Maroon Town are among the performers at this year’s festival Picture: BSC Multicultural ServicesMaroon Town are among the performers at this year’s festival Picture: BSC Multicultural Services

The festival, which is marking its ninth year, will be held at Alexandra Park on Sunday, September 1 from noon until 6pm.

It celebrates the diversity of both the town and the county more widely while trying to bring a range of different communities together.

Each year around 8,000 visitors visit the park to enjoy the festival, which is hosted by charity BSC Multicultural Services and backed by the Arts Council.

The charity works with groups and individuals to challenge discrimination in a culturally sensitive way.

Entrance to the festival itself is free, with a range of live entertainment on offer throughout the day for visitors to enjoy.

The latest act to be announced for the festival is Bollywood Pandits, who will perform a range of Indian music from folk to Bollywood hits and Bhangra.

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They will join a range of other multicultural acts including Maroon Town, who will mix ska and reggae with rap, funk and Latin music.

Suffolk band JS & The Lockerbillies will open the festival with their own brand of rockerbilly music.

There will be a number of dance styles displayed at the event including Bollywood and Afro Zulu.

As well as music, there will be a range of food stalls offering cuisine from around the world as well as a market bazaar.

Sporting activities will also be on offer at the park, with a five-a-side football tournament being held - as well as a demonstration of the national game of Bangladesh, known as Kabaddi, a contact sport that involves trying to tag players out of the game.

A funfair and bouncy castle will also be at the event for younger visitors to enjoy.

Shayra Begum, centre manager for BSC Multicultural Services, said: "This year we hope to attract more people than ever before. Ipswich is a growing and vibrant multicultural society.

"We use the shared love of good music and food from around the world to bring people together on the day."

BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Wayne Bavin will host this year's event.

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