Respect Festival 2013 Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th October

 Baluji Shrivastav and the Inner Vision Orchestra
Indian maestro and Musical Director Baluji Shrivastav has brought together musicians from around the world who are blind or partically sighted. Their uplifting music moves between songs from Iran, Lebanon, Nigeria, to soulful Gospel and Blues to sublime Indian Ragas and Western Classical compositions. Driven by the intensity of an inner vision they celebrate the power of music to transform lives. They will be performing on Saturday 12th at 7pm in Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building - click to see full programme listings here
Plymouth Respect Festival is designed to promote respect and celebrate diversity across all areas of the community and will take place at Plymouth University 12th & 13th October. The University has agreed to host the next Plymouth Respect Festival, which is organised by the Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality Council.

Over the weekend there will be performances, art, activities, food stalls, local groups and much much more! The festival opens on Saturday 12th with the Grand Parade which will be leaving the Plymouth Guildhall at 10:30am and will make its way up to Plymouth University campus where the rest of the activities will take place. Fun and entertainment for all the family with the kids activities such as face painting and giant bubbles, performances by local and international artists for adults as well as information stands on local organisations and charities, there is no reason we shouldn't see you there!  

Check out all of the pages on this website as there is a lot of information on the festival. See the 'Events & Activities' page for a timetabled list of whats happening. For information on children's activities see 'Kids at Respect' or if your feeling a little peckish see the 'Food and Trading' page as we will shortly be putting up the list of stalls who will be at our international food market! 

Information will be constantly updated so make sure you are checking the pages!!

Since its launch 16 years ago, the Festival has traditionally taken place every October, although it took a break in 2012. 

The two organisations are now working in partnership to examine how it can be expanded and enhanced in the coming years. 
Professor Wendy Purcell, Vice-Chancellor of Plymouth University, said: “We are delighted to host the Plymouth Respect Festival and further develop its strong reputation and impact. Our staff and students make a hugely positive contribution to the cultural diversity of Plymouth, and a key opportunity here is to reach out and sustain mutual respect throughout our community. We look forward to continuing our work with the Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality Council.”

Ann Wilkinson, Co-Director of the Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality Council, added: “The REC has worked for many years to ensure the Plymouth Respect Festival has become an important event in the city’s calendar for highlighting diversity and celebrating differences. The new collaboration with Plymouth University will open up a whole range of innovative developments, which will undoubtedly breathe new life into a festival which Plymouth has embraced wholeheartedly over many years. The festival has been a tremendous force in the city and beyond, and as we enter this new era, we hope more partner agencies and people will join us and be inspired for the future.” 

In previous years, the festival has included parades in the city centre, live music, dancing and theatrical events, play activities, world food, information stands and many showcased events. 

The plan is for that to continue at suitable venues on the University campus and there will be a series of complementary events during the year. 

Discussions over the precise programme are ongoing, but it is hoped students from the University will in future play a larger part in the festival and that it would include related projects featuring the city’s primary and secondary schools.

The University’s public arts programme, Peninsula Arts, will also offer complementary scheduling of film and performance.

Further details will be posted in due course.

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