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Plymouth’s long running multi-cultural Respect Festival, traditionally held in mid October is taking a break for 2010. A statement from the organisers said:
“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 20,000 people annually, of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and cultures. 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 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 29th-30th October 2011.