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Barnfield Theatre hosting The Story of Us Cultural Festival on 11 September

An illustration of a diverse group of joyful people dressed in colourful clothing, many with their arms in the air. The background is yellow, with green hills behind the people and three flags with flowery and kaleidoscopic patterns waving on a pole on the right side.

You are invited to a day of free family-friendly activities at the Barnfield Theatre


The free event will celebrate the creative and cultural connections between Exeter and Devon’s communities as well as what makes them unique.

Festival attendees can meet new people and experience a wide range of fun activities and performances, including:

  • Arts and crafts sessions
  • Caribbean and Hindu dance workshops
  • Dual language poetry
  • Food tasting
  • Live music, stand-up comedy and theatre
  • Mehndi (Henna) body art
  • Photography exhibition
  • Children’s storytelling
  • A treasure hunt

The Story of Us was developed by the Northcott’s Encompass group, which is composed from members of Exeter and Devon’s Caribbean, Hindu and Polish communities, and realised in creative partnership with South West-based theatre company Beyond Face.

The Encompass group formed last November to explore what they saw, what they were not seeing and what they wanted to see in Exeter and Devon’s cultural spaces. The Story of Us embodies their arm to create, enjoy and share cultural experiences together as a wider community while celebrating and highlighting the diversity of people and heritages throughout the city and county.

Photo by Ralph Whitehead

Every aspect of the festival has been dreamed up and brought into being by a wonderful group of community members. They have worked tirelessly together to plan and deliver what promises to be a fun day with something for everyone.

Nicole Redfern, Community Engagement Producer at Exeter Northcott Theatre

The Northcott invites people of all abilities, ages and backgrounds to this joyful, inclusive day out.

The festival is free to attend, but certain activities may be ticketed due to limited seating availability at the Barnfield. You will be able to view the full festival programme and book tickets for activities in the coming weeks.

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