EXETER RESPECT FESTIVAL 2020
Saturday 6th June 12pm - 7pm
Sunday 7th June 11am - 6pm

WORKSHOPS - STALLS - ARTS & CRAFTS - CAMPAIGNS - ACTIVITIES - DISPLAYS
from many diverse cultural backgrounds, faiths & beliefs

MUSIC & DANCE SPREAD ACROSS FIVE STAGES
Breakdancing to Bollywood to Belly Dancing
Rock - Funk - Pop - Jazz - Folk - Soul

PLUS LOTS OF FAMILY BASED ACTIVITIES!
Storytelling - Bouncy Castle - Costumes - Pop-up Farm

VOLUNTEER!

The volunteers are the backbone of Exeter Respect Festival and it wouldn’t be possible to run the festival without the generosity of many people from all different backgrounds coming together to help and support the Festival, before, during and after the event.

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APPLY FOR A STALL

Apply to become one of the local small businesses and charities which sell goods from around the world, many supporting a range of international good causes, at the festival.

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PLAY AT RESPECT

If you or your band would like the opportunity to perform at next year’s festival please get in touch!

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THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN EXETER RESPECT 2019!

On Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June 2019 Exeter sprang to life once again in the beautiful grounds of Belmont Park to the sounds of world music & dance at The Respect Festival. Now part of ‘Exeter Live Better’, the family friendly festival celebrated it’s 22nd year with a theme of ethnic diversity marking 25 years since the end of apartheid in South Africa.

Over the weekend there was food, workshops, stalls, arts & crafts, campaigns, activities & displays from many diverse cultural backgrounds, faiths & beliefs. Attendees enjoyed plenty of music & dance spread across the festival’s five stages with everything from breakdancing to Bollywood to belly dancing; rock, funk & pop to jazz, folk & soul.

The children’s area hosted storytelling, a circus area and lots of family based activities.

Exeter Respect is working in partnership with Exeter College, Exeter University, The Institute of Arabic & Islamic Studies, Space Devon Youth Service, Exeter Community Initiatives, Exeter Phoenix, Barnfield Theatre, Newtown Community Pre-School, St.Sidwell’s Community Centre. Organisations supporting the festival include Exeter Live Better, Exeter City Council, Devon County Council, Phonic.fm, South West & Devon Unison, Multilingual Devon, Devon Waste Contract, Waitrose, Devon & Somerset Fire Services, Devon Police Constabulary & Cornwall, Police Commissioner Office, West Devon Emergency Group, Young Devon & RAMM. We would like to thank each and everyone for their continued to support.

A huge thank you goes out to all of those involved on every level and to all of those that joined us to celebrate diversity. If you would like to be involved in planning and preparing for next year’s festival on 6th & 7th June 2020 please apply here.

ABOUT EXETER RESPECT

Exeter Respect is the city’s annual celebration of diversity where we use the performing and creative arts to engage the wider community in saying no to racism and all forms of prejudice. The Respect ethos is a simple one: racism and prejudice often spring from fear, and fear is often based on ignorance, so let’s overcome ignorance by getting to know one another and sharing not shunning our cultures. One of the best ways to get to know someone is to enjoy yourself with them, hence our celebratory event and adoption of the old Commission for Racial Equality slogan: All Different, All Equal!

The first Exeter Respect festival took place in 1997 and there has been a celebration virtually every year since then. From 2003 to 2008 Exeter Respect’s biggest event was at Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre, but from 2009 to the present day our focus has been a giant two day festival in Belmont Park, with a footfall of around 20,000 people every year.

WHY IS EXETER RESPECT FESTIVAL ALCOHOL FREE?

The increasing number of festival-goers is a sign of Respect’s success. An ongoing challenge is how to keep the event safe and enjoyable for everyone who comes along.

Due to the capacity limits of Belmont Park and a number of issues related to the consumption of alcohol in 2013, this year we took the tough decision to make the festival alcohol-free. We made this decision in consultation with the public and the Exeter Safety Advisory Group, which includes Exeter City Council and the Police.

We know that some people may be disappointed but hope that people who prefer to drink will understand the reasons. In the spirit of the festival, we hope people will respect this decision and refrain from bringing alcohol into the park.

Sam Kinsella from Ripple Effect, a recovery project for people in recovery from addiction said, “Exeter Respect is a family friendly open community event. The decision to free this from alcohol will create a safe environment. Ripple sees the impact of drugs and alcohol in young people and families and we support this decision. It is vital to have events where our community can be seen enjoying activities without the use of alcohol”.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

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