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Exeter Respect Festival 2019

Join IAIS at the Stephen Lawrence stage

On Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June Exeter will spring 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 celebrates it’s 22nd year with a theme of ethnic diversity marking 25 years since the end of apartheid in South Africa.

Event details

Open to all


Stephen Lawrence Stage - Saturday 8 June 2019

Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies Programme

12.00 Opening & Live Music
12.45 Artefacts of Activism: Creativity, Gender, and the Middle East
13.20 Re-viewing the Past, Re-shaping the Future
14.00 Come to Poetry
14.15 Marabah
15.00 Storytelling for children
15.30 Yezidis, Mandeans, and other Religious Minorities in the Middle East
16.00 The Importance of Baghdad
16.30 Come to Poetry
17.00 Marabah
17.30 Govend

However, lest we forget the victims of Christchurch New Zealand, we dedicate Exeter Respect Festival 2019 to their memory; may their souls rest in peace. Please join us in signing the memorial wall at the festival.

Over the weekend there will be food, workshops, stalls, arts & crafts, campaigns, activities & displays from many diverse cultural backgrounds, faiths & beliefs. There will be 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 hosts storytelling, a bouncy castle, lots of family based activities and this year we will be presenting The Windrush Stage, hosted by Pre-school Newtown Community on Saturday & One Thousand and One Stories on Sunday. Saturday will see an appearance by 8 piece vocal harmony group The South African Cultural Gospel UK. Sunday’s headliner is the energetic & colourful Indian Bhangra outfit RVSP. 

There will be a small entrance charge to the festival this year, just £2 per day & under 16s free. The festival is an alcohol free zone. 


Belmont Park, Exeter