Exeter Community Initiatives (ECI) and Julian House worked collaboratively to put on an Open Mic Tent at Exeter Respect 2018 with the kind offer of sponsorship from the Academy of Music & Sound. We wanted to give a free and informal space for members of the community to come along and share music, spoken word, comedy and performance art. It was very well received by both the festival goers and performers. We had a full timetable of performance throughout the two days and the informality of the space ensured that people who may not get the opportunity to perform on the larger stages had a space for their voice and creativity.
In addition we also provided extra activities including a Slackline and Smoothie making bike which were great fun and enjoyed by all. Our children’s charity shop Jelly put on a jumble sale providing the perfect opportunity to grab a bargain or two. There was a fantastic atmosphere across the weekend and we thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be part of the festival. ECI would love to make the Open Mic tent a more permanent feature at Respect.
Thank you to Suaad and her team for all their hard work and support.
Take a look at a few photos of the weekend below.