The Plymouth Respect Festival returns on the 12th and 13th of October 2013 and will be hosted at Plymouth University where the space and facilities available outshine the council run Plymouth Guildhall by far.
The Plymouth Respect festival is designed to promote respect and celebrate diversity across all areas of the community, organised by the Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality Council and now, in partnership with Plymouth University and Peninsula Arts, the festival can grow.
The move to the University means that there is more space and the Plymouth LGBT Archive has been offered sufficient space to display most of the collection, effectively re-creating the Pride in Our Past exhibition which was on show for nine weeks at the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery between April 28th and 30th June 2012. There is also space available for workshops and presentations.
12th of October also marks the start of the UK’s second Hate Crime Awareness Week so you can be sure we will feature Hate Crime and reporting at the Respect Festival. Hate Crime Awareness Week will end with Vigils Against ALL Hate Crime being held in many cities across the UK on Saturday 19th October. Visit the 17-24-30 Organisation for more details.
For a second year Pride in Plymouth has taken the lead to organise and promote the Plymouth Vigil and Rally against Hate Crime that will take place at the Sundial in the City Centre from 7.30pm. Building on last year’s event, we hope to have a proper PA system and information stalls around the Sundial. We expect many more people this year as we have promoted the event at Totnes Pride held on 14th September, and will be able to promote the vigil further to a wider audience over the Plymouth Respect Festival weekend.
Last year, in addition to the Vigil, we held an open public meeting at the Arts Centre to get a sense of the experiences of LGBT people in Plymouth and we discussed some options around third party reporting. The meeting was well attended with good debate and discussion. We would have liked to have taken the work forward, however the council funded Plymouth Pride Forum gave the impression that they were going take this work on.
PPF announced, with little notice, a meeting to be held on the 10th January 2013 that had a similar theme to one which we organised. Unfortunately as we have come to expect they did not progress with this, in fact it is the last proper public event they held and nine months later it is still being promoted on the home page of their website! The reminder to attend was only added to the website on the day of the meeting reading:
Just to remind you tonight – 10th of January is hosting a forum centering around community policing and Robin Loveridge and the Police Diverse Communities Team will be on hand to explain changes within the Force over the last year and their plans for the future. It will also give you a chance to discuss Hate Crime reporting and, more importantly, allowing the team to listen to your views, question them and take note of our communities opinions -Venue: The Eddystone Trust, 36 Looe St, Bretonside, Plymouth. PL4 0EB
Copied form the PPF website 15th September 2013
We will not let the same happen again this year! We will use our representation on the Local Police Reference Group and other organisations to ensure your experiences and expectations are are shared. We can then work together with the aim of building proper third line reporting structures and a support network(s) for victims of hate crime in the city.
We want to put an end to the ‘lip service’ and ‘tick boxing’ that over many years has become the ‘norm’ in our city.
We aim to achieve this by continuing to bring people together so that issues can be openly discussed, best practice taken on board and solutions implemented. We need to turn SLA’s (Service Level Agreements) with the council around where – They provide the service – we ‘the community’ measure it!
The vigil and rally against hate crime provides us with opportunity to raise awareness about hate crime, share information on how to report and the importance of reporting.
Images from the 2012 vigil: