What is Exeter Respect?
Exeter Respect is the city’s annual celebration of diversity where performing and creative arts and community activities are used to promote multi-cultural understanding and challenge prejudice. Our centre piece event, Respect in the Park has become Exeter’s biggest and best community event, attended by a staggering 20,000 people last year!
Belmont Park will once again be transformed into a vibrant festival site containing the following exciting areas and activities:
- Phonic Fm Stage: An array of upbeat bands and DJs representing diverse musical traditions guaranteed to make you dance.
- Diversity Stage: A selection of diverse and mainly non-musical performances including: schools, acrobats, choirs, playwrights, hiphop crews, martial arts demos, musicians, poets and much more – our line-ups get more diverse every year!
- Café Stage: Laid back performances representing a range of cultures in a lovely sofa-filled marquee.
- Dance Workshops: Learn dances from around the world in this vibrant area run by Bar Venezia.
- Music Workshops: Wren Trust, Young Devon and the Devon Youth Service present brand new music workshops for this year, from traditional folk to beat boxing.
- Wellbeing Zone: Alternative therapies from around the world in the chilled atmosphere of the park’s sensory garden sponsored by Healthwatch.
- Fire Service Area: Fire fighting fun with interactive children’s activities and demonstrations hosted by Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.
- Market Stalls: Local crafts and Fair Traded goods
- Communities and campaigns: Reflecting Devon’s diversity, from refugee support to recycling, from human rights to horticulture.
- Food: More food from around the world than ever before including curry, Caribbean dishes, Mexican food, pasta, pizza, exotic organic dishes, and a Licensed bar too!
What can visitors expect?
Exeter Respect has a celebratory atmosphere second to none and this year’s festival builds on the key aspects of last year’s amazing event, the city’s biggest-ever community celebration!Belmont Park will be covered in beautiful site decoration produced by a range of schools, community and youth groups. There will be activities and performances representing every part of Exeter’s culture, which is becoming more diverse year-on-year, with something to see or do for participants of all ages and backgrounds.
Paul Giblin, event co-ordinator commented: “This year we will not have our big top, but will have a new outdoor stage and have more community activities than ever before.” Suaad Genem-George, Exeter Respect’s community engagement lead stated: “Exeter’s population continues to become more diverse year on year and our celebration has grown in many ways which reflect those changes. Make sure you join in by attending our free festival.”
Exeter Respect is powered by an army of volunteers. From the three Executive Group members overseeing everything, to specialist roles like stage management, fund-raising to general help with stewarding, loading in, car parking and litter-picking, this event simply would not happen without volunteer power!Exeter Respect runs on volunteers and they need more! To volunteer for Exeter Respect then please get in touch via the Exeter Respect website here.
This year’s events at a glance…
1. Respect In The Park free festival @Belmont Park
Saturday 1 June (12-7pm) & Sunday 2 June (12-6pm)
2. Exeter Respect Launch Party @The Lemon Grove
Friday 31st May (9pm-2am) Advance tickets £12 buy them here.
BEATZ & BOBZ and RINSEOUT will be hosting the party for Exeter Respect over two rooms. The night has 5 very special Guests 3 of which are making their first visit to Exeter! Featuring: ARTWORK (Magnetic Man), DON LETTS (Big Audio Dynamite), ENGINE EARZ EXPERIMENT, LEWAH, CRISSY CRISS (Radio 1 Xtra), TANTRM DESIRE, MR NICE, MAXXI P, SIMPLISTIX, FRESHOLD B2B CATALYST & many more.
3. Exeter Respect Saturday Aftershow @Exeter Phoenix,
Saturday 1st June, 8pm with Gadjo live from Barcelona. Buy tickets for £9.50 here.
4. Exeter Respect Sunday Aftershow @Old Firehouse
World Music Party, Sunday 1st June
Click here to watch highlights of last year’s Exeter Respect.
Please visit the Respect Festival website here to find out more about this year’s festival, or keep up to date with everything Exeter Respect by following us on their brand new twitter! @ExeterRespect13
Razz love, Becky xx