The first Plymouth Respect Festival took place in 1998; the festival was created as a celebration of people from all communities and backgrounds who could come together in a safe space free from oppression and fear to celebrate their cultural heritage. Since the early years of Respect the festival has grown to become the biggest celebration of diversity it the southwest, attracting over 25,000 people each year.
Historically the Plymouth Respect Festival has taken place in the Guildhall and Plaza areas during the last weekend of October, but this year the festival will take place on the 20th/21st June 2015 at Plymouth University, with free activities and performances for all ages on both days.
The mission for the festival is to redress the balance of negative and fearful perceptions about Plymouth's BME communities and to create a celebratory event to bring people together from all communities and backgrounds. We are extremely proud to be the "parents" of this unique and acclaimed event, which always proves to be a flagship for PDREC, enabling us to publish our projects and services.
Some Useful Links and Further reading
Respect's New Home To Find Out More Click Here
This year we have some major changes – we will be moving from the Guildhall to the Plymouth University Campus. Our new location has inspired us to create an even more energised debate through artistic media about the issues of racism, prejudice and discrimination – but we will not lose the fun and celebratory aspect of our much loved festival.
Plymouth Respect Festival ~ Visit Website
For details of this years event, gallery of pictures and more information please visit the website.
Respect 2013 Artwork 'Hope is not enough...'
Exeter Respect Festival ~ Viisit Website
Please visit the event website for details of the Exeter Festival to be held on 6th/ 7th June 2015’
The underlying, serious Respect message has always been one of solidarity and celebration, bringing people together in Plymouth in a safe environment to celebrate the diversity of our City. The recent tragic and shocking events in Woolwich have reinforced the need for building good relationships with all communities, improving understanding and working together to build an equal and peaceful society. The Respect Festival undertakes this role, bringing people from different backgrounds together to celebrate our common humanity and acting as a much needed antidote to extremism, violence and fear.
Plymouth is not immune from what is happening nationally and internationally. As Plymouth applies to become the City of Culture 2017, Respect can only add an extra and exciting dimension to this bid, demonstrating clearly the City's stance against racism and discrimination.