Celebrating the diversity of our city
The Respect Festival Parade is a spectacular celebration of diversity in our home city of Plymouth; combining colour, vibrancy, dance, music and celebration.
We have been delivering the Festival Parade, since 2012, in partnership with The Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality Council and over that period have worked over 2000 people.
Plymouth's Respect Festival parade and workshops enable children & community members to take part in this brilliant homegrown event: participating in workshops that make costumes/ artwork and most importantly raise awareness of our great diverse community. This free Respect Festival is routinely attended by thousands of people and provides a great, safe, space in which communities can come and celebrate and share their cultures.
We do two really important things when we organise a parade. Firstly we make the props and costumes for the big day, with the children and community groups. Secondly we deliver a diversity awareness programme too.
We teach young people to look past the colour of someone's skin, disability or sexuality and see the person for the content of their character.
Did you know... Plymouth is a city of 90+ languages? The Respect Parade is a platform to celebrate the diversity of our city but also teach young people about respect.
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"Our students love taking part in the Respect Festival workshop and the festival itself. They have the opportunity to reflect on diversity and inclusivity but more importantly how we share common ground with people from different cultures. Respect is also central to British Values, which is now embedded in the school curriculum. Therefore, this is a hands-on approach to practising these values.
When participating in the workshops, our students have always enjoyed learning new skills, exploring different materials and expressing their creativity. Along side this, they appreciate the social aspects of the workshops, such as, talking to new people.
The parade itself is a magical event. Our students are always so proud to take part. This is fantastic, self esteem building activity. Often, their parents, carers and siblings take part so the benefits of the Respect Festival spread beyond our school. In addition to this, it's a great family day out! "
Mirella Paganuzzi (Brook Green Centre for Learning)
"High View school has been involved in the Respect Festival for several years and it represents an important part of our SMSC curriculum. During our workshops, children are immersed in multicultural artwork and during the parade, parents join the children and staff to show off their creations with great pride.
This is very special and valued by all, as it also serves as an important message to our school community about the value of respect, tolerance and multi cultural awareness."
Kim Dorian-Kemp - Headteacher , NLE
High View Primary
"The Respect festival has enabled our children to work together on unique projects, tailored to fit our school curriculum or the children interests. The children have been introduced to new and interesting ideas about other cultures such as the Indian tribes in North America and the injustices they suffered. They have furthered their global understanding and begun to understand their own cultural identity. Particularly important is the sense of community which comes from the street parades, when all the groups involved come together to share their creations. The children talk about these events long after the day and for Beechwood Primary Academy, we feel that we have made a positive contribution towards a city wide project which promotes a healthy attitude to differences in society."
Mrs Lisa Evans
Head of School - Beechwood Primary Academy.
Arts Council England