The Story of Us

The Story of Us is a free day of family-friendly activities, at the Barnfield Theatre, celebrating the creative and cultural connections between Exeter and Devon’s communities as well as what makes them unique.

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Book Bag


Book Bag, Exeter’s finest independent book shop, are curating a special collection of titles for the day. Come and have a browse and maybe go home with a good book (or three).

Chill Out Zone


Feet a bit tired from all the dancing? Take five and chill out upstairs.

An Antidote to Invisibility by Liberty Smith

Location TBA

An installation film by Bristol-based artist and filmmaker Liberty Smith, which shares personal stories told by historically underrepresented voices in theatre.

Photo Exhibition

Front of House

Come and discover three photo series, each uncovering unknown stories.

Mehndi (Henna)

Front of House

Come and experience the art of Mehndi (also known as henna) and go home with a beautiful new piece of temporary body art. All materials included, donations welcomed.

Photo © Vladislav Vasnetsov

Festival Cocktails


Come and sample one of our festival cocktails, specially designed for the day to showcase the flavours of our festival cultures. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions available.

Dream Dinner Party Children’s Treasure Hunt


Hunt for the heroes! Search out 6 dream dinner party guests to claim your reward, in this round-the-building treasure hunt for children.

Younger children will need a grown-up to help find and read about the heroes.


Make an Animal Craft!

10am – 12pm
Southernhay Room

Learn to make an animal puppet or mask! Come along and learn to make a simple spider, monkey or dragon out of card – then take them with you to hear the stories of Anansi the Spider Man, Hanuman the Monkey God and Smok Wawelski the dangerous dragon. All materials included. Donations welcomed.

Sample Traditional Bread Recipes

10am – 12pm, 2pm – 4pm

Come and learn about traditional breads made in the Caribbean, Poland and India. Sample home-made breads, dips, chutneys and pickles, whilst watching a video of how they are made. Take home a small pot of sourdough starter to give it a go yourself.

Garba Dance Workshop

10:30am – 11:15am
Clifford Room

Come and learn Garba: a traditional Gujarati folk dance typically danced during the Hindu festival of Navarātrī. A join-in workshop for all ages. No experience required, everybody welcome!

Dual Language Poetry Recital

10:45am – 11:45am

A dual language poetry recital, featuring poems by well-known professional poets, and new work written by members of the Encompass group.

Get a feel for some of the poetry being shared during the festival through the below link.

Watch Poetry Recitals


Children’s Storytelling

12pm – 1pm (3 stories, 15-20 mins each)
Clifford Room

Come and hear the traditional tales of Anansi the Spider Man, Hanuman the Monkey God and Smok Wawelski the dangerous dragon, told by community storytellers.

Lunchtime Mini-Feast

12pm – 2pm

A simple lunchtime mini-feast menu, featuring foods from our festival cultures. Lunch items will be charged at a low cost.

Indian Dance Showcase

12:15pm – 1:30pm

A showcase of traditional and contemporary Hindu and Indian dance performances from community and youth performers. Featuring Bharatanatyam and Bharatanatyam-fusion dances.

Printing Workshop

1pm – 2pm, 3pm – 4pm
Southernhay Room

Come and print your own designs in this interactive workshop. Explore typical Hindu, Caribbean and Polish motifs and patterns, before assembling and printing your own design to take home at the end of the day. All materials are included. Donations welcomed.

Indi Madray Stand-Up Comedian

1:15pm – 1:35pm
Clifford Room
Ages 10 +

Join Indi Madray for a mini-set guaranteed to get you guffawing. Indi is an award-winning semi-professional comedian and current finalist in The UK’s Stand-Up Club National Competition for New Comedian of the Year 2022. She was born in the UK, to Caribbean-Indian parents who immigrated from British-Guyana to the UK during the Windrush era. Indi considers herself to be a “Walking Cultural Identity Crisis”.


Curation by Beyond Face

2pm – 3pm

Closing day. The end of an era. A museum at the centre of a community is slowly dismantled. Under utilised, under valued, under offer. But as three unlikely volunteers discover, the more they put away, the more they seemingly unpack. Curation celebrates the stories often overlooked in our communities, and the power of human connection.

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Photo © Dom Moore Photography

Sonic Landscapes of Colour – Excerpts Listening Session by Somatic

3:15pm – 4:15pm (30 mins listening + 30 mins Q&A)
Clifford Room
Ages 14+ May contain swearing, brown joy and racially traumatic stories

Sonic Landscapes of Colour is a 2-part podcast style audio documentary with an accompanying soundscape. Through 9 interviews and 4 recording sessions with non-western traditional instrumentalists, the audio documentary tells the story of what it’s like to grow up as a young person of colour in the South West.

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Bélé Dance Workshop

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Come and learn Bélé: a traditional folk dance from the West Indies. A join-in workshop for all ages. No experience required, everybody welcome! Bring a colourful sheet or large piece of fabric if you have one.

Tommy Khosla: Contemporary Sitar Recital

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Tommy Khosla will present a contemporary sitar recital, drawing on elements of Alap, Jhor and Jhalla, combining these subtly electronic effects and contemporary chordal and tapping techniques.

A Polish Musical Journey by TAK

4:30pm – 5pm
Clifford Room

Join TAK for a journey through traditional, classic and contemporary Polish songs performed by local musicians and singers. All songs will be played live and accompanied by instrumentalists.

The band TAK

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