Exeter Respect Festival


Exeter might not be the biggest or most bustling city in the world, but it does have a vibrant cultural scene, and that includes the annual Respect Festival.

This is a great event, that this year I just happen to be involved in organising, offering completely free entry to everybody, and offers a whole host of cultural activities celebrating diversity and all things music, dance, arts and food – all my fave things, then.

Having grown from a relatively low-key event to an all-out two day festival, Respect shows a side of Exeter that, as students in the Jack Wills-and-lacrosse-player bubble, we don’t always get to see. It promises to be a great day out with tons of things to see and do. This year, this includes music from these guys (amongst others):

Peachy Farmer – total Marley vibes

Kagemusha Taiko – how cool is this?! Who would have thought that Exeter had such a thing?!

Jambassadors – Dutch cover band. So fun!

Aside from music (three stages worth, including the very cool Cafe Tent which I am super excited about), there are also dance workshops, an activity tent, fire service demonstrations – for the fireman in everyone – and a wellbeing zone with “alternative therapy” for all, so you’ll be feeing seriously chilled out by the time you leave. And of course, not forgetting the all-important food: there’ll be food stands with cuisines from all over the world, as well as a fully licensed bar – perfect!

Respect will be held on the 1 & 2 of June in Belmont Park, Exeter, and promises to be a great day out with tons of things to do. Great way to relax after exams and explore parts of Exeter you haven’t seen before – and plus, like I said, it’s all volunteer-led and completely free. What could be better?

Hopefully I’ll see you all there!


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