free festival of world music

the best in afrobeat, country, ska, bollywood and more

GLOBAL RHYTHM - Now in it’s 6th year, Ipswich's annual free festival of world music is a colourful and exciting celebration of worldwide culture, showcasing the best world and roots music and dance in the perfect setting of Christchurch Park.

This year the Peppery Stage has been renamed in memory of Martin Burley, a founding member of Peppery Productions, to recognise his contribution to the musical life of Ipswich and Suffolk. 

The lineup on the MARTIN BURLEY PEPPERY STAGE includes Ska, Country, Afrobeat, Bollywood and more.  There’s rollin’ reggae and skankin’ ska from the GOLDMASTER ALLSTARS.  In a treat for Americana fans THE WANGFORD FOUR will feature HANK WANGFORD and one of the world’s finest pedal steel players BJ COLE.  South Indian violin star JYOTSNA SRIKANTH joins BOLLYWOOD BRASS BAND on stage for their “CARNATIC CONNECTIONS” show.  And to round off the afternoon DELE SOSIMI'S AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA will bring their joyous and uplifting sounds to the park.