Two major equality and diversity celebrations are taking place this coming weekend; the Exeter Respect Festival and Exmouth Pride. These events are aimed at raising awareness of difference and diversity through celebrating and sharing experiences as a community.
Exeter Respect Festival
This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Exeter Respect Festival; a celebration of diversity and inclusion engaging with the wider community through creative and performing arts, sharing experiences from different cultures and backgrounds and championing saying NO to racism, discrimination and prejudice.
This huge festival sees over 20,000 people attend across the two days. This annual event aims to be inclusive and cater for everyone – so there will be performances and stalls for adults, children and families.
This year’s festival is dedicated to those who have spent their lives campaigning for justice and human rights and marks the 100th Anniversary of the Representation of People’s Act, the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR) and the 25th Anniversary of the death of Stephen Lawrence.
Our DANA service is running a stall this year and it is the fourth consecutive year they have had a presence at the festival.
Exeter Respect 2018 takes place on Saturday 30 June (12 noon till 7pm) and Sunday 1 July (11am till 6pm) in Belmont Park, Exeter. Find out more here.
Diversity Festival 2018
The North Devon Diversity Festival will be taking place on Saturday 30 June on Castle Green in Barnstaple. Find out more here.
Exmouth Pride celebrates diversity for LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and more) people and is an event where people can come to learn, show their support and celebrate diversity and LGBT+ communities together. This year’s event has an exciting programme lined up, including live bands and children’s entertainment!
A #JustTalk space for LGBT+ people to come together to talk and share experiences is also in place, with discussions on topics such as coming out, exploring gender, faith and being LGBT+ and issues faced by transgender people. These #JustTalk areas are only open to those who are LGBT+, their friends and family.
Our Depression and Anxiety Service (DAS) is running a stall at Exmouth Pride this year. DAS staff will be running the staff from 11am to 6.30pm and will also be joining in some of the talks which have a mental health focus.
The event is taking place at Manor Gardens in Exmouth on Saturday 30 June from 11am till 6.30pm. Find out more here.
Why not make the most of the sunshine this weekend by celebrating the diversity and beauty of our Devon community!