Gallery: Communities celebrated at record-breaking Big Multicultural Festival in Ipswich

Crowds turned out for the Big Multicultural Festival in Alexandra Park in Ipswich on Sunday, Septemb

Crowds turned out for the Big Multicultural Festival in Alexandra Park in Ipswich on Sunday, September 1.; L-R Aleena Babu, Jeslene Jojo, Arya Sunil, Jeeva Jason, Angel Babu, Jenette Jojo - Credit: Archant

Communities from across the town were united in a day of multicultural celebration as organisers hailed a record-breaking park festival.

More than 7,000 people were thought to have flocked to Alexandra Park in Ipswich for the third annual Big Multicultural Festival yesterday, smashing last year’s attendance record.

From India to Bangladesh, Poland to Spain, cultures from across the world were expressed in a variety of events as music, colour and fun swept across the popular park.

Competitors battled it out in a ‘Kabbadi’ competition, a traditional form of Asian wrestling, while Afro Zulu, a group of South African Zulu dancers, impressed in an energetic performance.

Ipswich Dance Club took to the stage while food tasting and health information stalls were spread across the park.

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The Bangladeshi Support Centre worked with local partners to organise the event.

Boshor Ali, chairman of Bangladeshi Support Centre, hailed the multicultural celebration as a “fantastic day”.

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“The idea behind Big Multicultural Festival is to break down barriers and we certainly did that,” he said.

“The park was absolutely packed. Lots of different communities turned out to enjoy the tremendous event.

“There were health stalls, dancers, drummers, games of football.

“It was a great success and we thank everyone who came out to support and thank all the organisers.”

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