Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality Council Announcement


Dear all,

The Plymouth Respect Festival is to take a well earned year out in 2010

After 12 years of running Plymouth’s largest, most vibrant, most celebrated, free community event in the heart of the city, it has been decided that it’s now time to move Respect to the next level. This year we will take time to review, reflect and plan the long term journey for the event and to revisit its roots, and its rationale.

From its humble beginnings, the Respect Festival now attracts in excess of 20000 people annually, of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and cultures.

When the Festival began in 1998 did we ever think that it would grow into such a large and treasured event for the city?

Over its twelve years Respect has grown from a one day celebration to a weekend of festivities with associated Respect for Respect activities and events

We feel that Respect has massive scope and untapped potential to work its magic throughout the City and the region, throughout the course of the year and not just in October.

The Community will remain at the heart of Respect and we would love to hear from you on your thoughts and stories of Respect, you can e-mail us at

We are already planning next years festival so why not sign up for our newsletter so we can keep you informed.

This decision has not been taken lightly but with a good deal of heart searching and a genuine desire to revitalise and enhance the event and widen the opportunities within it, for everyone.

The date of the next Plymouth Respect Festival will be October 29th/30th 2011.

Yours Sincerely

Ann Wilkinson Co Director

Sue Stratton Co Director

Dan Thompson Events Organiser

New! Pictures of the Plymouth Respect Festival 2009