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See pictures from The One Big Multicultural Festival

PUBLISHED: 18:57 02 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:30 03 September 2018

The One Big Multicultural Festival at Alexandra Park kicked off at noon today  Picture: RACHEL EDGE

The One Big Multicultural Festival at Alexandra Park kicked off at noon today Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Ipswich’s Bangladeshi community reconnected with their roots at a free festival in Alexandra Park.

The event featured colourful dancers and performers from China, India and Africa Picture: RACHEL EDGEThe event featured colourful dancers and performers from China, India and Africa Picture: RACHEL EDGE

The eighth annual One Big Multicultural Festival, organised by the Ipswich Bangladeshi Support Centre, saw acts from around the world, including Africa, China and India, perform in front of an 8,000 strong crowd on Sunday.

Whilst BBC Radio Suffolk’s Wayne Bavin once again hosted the free festival, it was the global singers and dancers who stole the show.

Alexandra Park hosted some 8,000 people for the event Picture: RACHEL EDGEAlexandra Park hosted some 8,000 people for the event Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Bangladeshi Support Centre manager Shayra Begum said: “I think the Bengali singers went down the best, they finished off their set with a song called ‘I used to be Bengali’ which all the ex-pats loved, they used to be Bengali but now they are British, that really resonated with them.

Event organisers from the town's Bangledeshi Support Centre Picture: RACHEL EDGEEvent organisers from the town's Bangledeshi Support Centre Picture: RACHEL EDGE

“This year has been our best numbers wise, we hold about 3,000 people in here at any one time but estimates show that we’ve had about 8,000 people in here in total.”

It was food time at Alexandra Park as stalls selling East African and Bengali food served the crowd Picture: RACHEL EDGEIt was food time at Alexandra Park as stalls selling East African and Bengali food served the crowd Picture: RACHEL EDGE

The festival also featured Bengali and Indian singer Joyita Chowdhury, a regular on Bangladeshi TV channels and Radio Rajasthan and the Heritage Brass Band and singer, Shorif, who has appeared in UK talent shows.

Anyone for a coconut?  Picture: RACHEL EDGEAnyone for a coconut? Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Mrs Begum was delighted with the event and keen to look ahead to future festivals.

You've got to have a worthy host for these kind of things  Picture: RACHEL EDGEYou've got to have a worthy host for these kind of things Picture: RACHEL EDGE

She said: “It has been a really good day so far, I’m too tired at the moment to really start thinking about next year but it would be brilliant to get to 10 years of this festival, the numbers keep growing each year so we want to keep growing.”

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