Exeter Respect Launch Event

We invite you on the 27 April 2019, 6pm at the Barnfield Theatre to come together to commemorate the victims of the Christchurch Mosques in New Zealand, and to mark the 25th year anniversary of the End of Apartheid in South Africa.

It will be a special event to stand together with the Lord Mayor of Exeter Cllr Rob Hannaford to observe a one minute silence in memory of Christchurch and to remember the people of South Africa who gave their lives for the liberation of South Africa from racial segregation.

An evening of sadness but at the same time an evening of joy, knowing that those who try to divide us have failed. This special evening will be a memorable launch, regardless of the pain that was inflected on our fellow humans in New Zealand and South Africa. We shall be celebrating our togetherness as one voice that will bring alive the joy of the first collective democratic election in South Africa. This was a historical moment for the whole world to witness.

Our distinguished speakers and contributors are:
Mbira master, musician, singer, songwriter, teacher Chartwell Dutiro from Zimbabwe who
will be talking about the Mbira the Voices of Ancestors, and also performing after the debate; a member of the Devon & Cornwall Police; a member of the Muslim community, and chaired by Dr. Imraan Jhetam from South Africa who now lives in Exeter and works at the RD&E Hospital. After the discussion there will be a variety of performances.

6pm – VIP speeches & anniversary cake cut by Lord Mayor of Exeter Cllr Rob Hannaford
7pm – Discussion panel Tackling Islamophobia & Racism, Lessons from South Africa

Performances from 8.30pm
Love Community Band
Mudan Chinese Performance
Ilaria Performance
Chartwell Dutiro

Respect 19 Sunday Headliners

Our Sunday headiners are RSVP Bhangra
Veterans of Glastonbury, WOMAD and Boomtown – just a few of the festivals in the UK that the band performs at regularly – and of Feest in ‘t Park in Belgium, Kulturekosmos in Germany and Pennabilli in Italy, RSVP Bhangra has developed a high-energy, interactive and fun Bhangra music experience that is guaranteed to really rock the crowd and keep them dancing all night. Performing everywhere from countryside village halls to large theatres in the UK and at massive festivals in Europe, RSVP Bhangra’s unique blending of Punjabi Indian music with dance beats and mainstream pop has created a new and irresistible sound that audiences everywhere love and keep on coming back for. Is it Dildar’s mellifluous voice and charismatic stage-presence, Judge’s deliciously engaging interactive involvement with the audience or perhaps Jeevan’s insistent dhol drumbeats – or even Cris and Puggy’s sharp rhythmic underscore that does it? Who knows? The resulting effect, however achieved, is immediately involving, compulsive and extremely addictive! Find out more here.

Respect 19 Saturday Headliners

Exeter Respect Festival 2019 Saturday headliners confirmed!

On Saturday we are delighted to host South African Cultural Talents UK – SACT.
The South African Cultural Gospel Choir UK is a unique organisation which is formed by the most talented and professional African artists or musicians based in the United Kingdom and community. South African Cultural Gospel Choir UK has a full membered choir of 20 singers,which has toured and performed all over UK and abroad,singing in different african languages, acapella, classical and traditional gospel songs with a 7 piece band as well as energetic Zulu dance that brings exitement and tells a story.Find out more here.


Play at our next festival!

A programming team listens to music from all the bands and individual musicians who apply to perform at the festival, and final decisions are made using a “best fit” approach. The criteria we follow is:

  • To only feature artists who have not performed the previous year and/or a number of times over previous years
  • To prioritise artists based in Devon – and particularly Exeter
  • To prioritise artists performing original material
  • To increase the generic diversity of the music on offer
  • To allow more opportunities for young people to perform
  • To attempt to achieve a fair balance of performers across ethnic minorities; gender; age; and musical genre.

If you would like to apply to perform please fill out this form.