Arts & Culture
  • SATURDAY 30 JULY 2022

    Phonic Fest 2022

    Exeter Phoenix is hosting a day of live music from local artists plus DJs to raise money for Phonic FM, Exeter's community radio station.

    EXETER PHOENIX

  • SUNDAY 5 JUNE 2022

    The Big Spork! Poetry Picnic

    Spork! is holding an interactive family-friendly indoor poetry and music workshop on picnic blankets.

    EXETER PHOENIX

  • TUESDAY 24 MAY 2022

    The Shadow: a Devon for Ukraine fundraiser

    Soviet playwright Evgengy Schwartz' poetic and philosophical retelling of a Hans Christian Anderson tale is a subversive fable about choices we make for social and political gain and for love.

    MAKETANK

  • SUNDAY 24 JULY 2022

    Cast A Sheep's Eye: 16th and 17th century love songs

    Joe Levy and Konstantinos Terzakis perform Renaissance and Baroque music by Purcell, Dowland, Morley and others in a series of concerts in historic buildings.

    ST. LAWRENCE CHAPEL

  • SUNDAY 26 JUNE 2022

    Sound Walks with Emma Welton

    Musician and sound artist Emma Welton is leading a series of Sunday afternoon sound walks as part of Exeter Dream Festival.

    CYGNET THEATRE

  • SATURDAY 21 MAY 2022

    Marsyas Quartet: Dreaming in Sound

    Marsyas Quartet plays music by Mozart, Bach, Andrew M. Wilson, Judith Weir and Sungji Hong as part of The New Season Series and Exeter Dream Festival.

    ST. NICHOLAS PRIORY

  • TUESDAY 19-SATURDAY 23 APRIL 2022

    Turn Up The Volume at Green Phoenix

    A week of climate crisis-focussed concerts, talks and training orchestrated by Music Declares Emergency with Climate EQ, A Quiet Night In and Music is Murder.

    EXETER PHOENIX

  • FRIDAY 22 APRIL 2022

    A Quiet Night In

    The ensemble's thirteenth exploration of the creative possibilities of quiet contemporary music in quiet spaces will take place on Earth Day as part of a week of climate change awareness events.

    EXETER PHOENIX

  • WEDNESDAY 27 APRIL 2022

    Climate Science and Creativity

    Quay Words' spring writer-in-residence Ellen Wiles hosts a discussion between Devon writers and scientists about the ways they address the climate crisis in their work.

    EXETER CUSTOM HOUSE

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    May the force be with UNESCO

    Torbay and Exeter’s joint UK city of culture bid, said to be inspired by the “closely connected coastal and city destinations” despite Brixham and Exeter being an hour and a half apart by public transport, didn’t make it onto the longlist of eight places which have caught the eye of culture vulture and escapee celebrity Nadine Dorries...

    ARTS & CULTURE

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    Free to those who can afford it

    Torbay Council, Torbay Development Agency and Exeter City Council have “joined forces” to bid for 2025 UK City of Culture status, with their eyes on a prize of £300 million in claimed economic benefits...

    ARTS & CULTURE

  • Positive Light Projects - Sidwell Street entrance

    ANALYSIS

    Positive Light Projects opens community arts centre despite CityPoint redevelopment threat

    Parts of Exeter city centre are experiencing an unplanned renaissance as small shops and cultural venues move in to fill empty units on Paris Street and Sidwell Street, but uncertainty remains as the council still plans to demolish and redevelop.

    Exeter Princesshay Debenhams closing down sale

    NEWS

    Top floor of former Debenhams store to be converted into cinema

    Princesshay owner's proposals for change of use to four screen cinema and cafe/bar have been under discussion since November 2019.

    Preston Street Union present SERGE/SURGE at Cricklepit Mill

    NEWS

    Preston Street Union rolls out the red carpet

    The Exeter-based artists explore migration driven by the city's historic wool trade in new work commissioned by RAMM.

  • THURSDAY 6 JUNE 2019

    Jambassadors feature in pop-up Jazz Toast at Barnfield Theatre

    Musical director Roz Harding invites us to join an Exeter College Music Academy student collective in a one-night-only experimental exploration of in-the-moment improvisation.

    BARNFIELD THEATRE

  • SATURDAY 30 MARCH-SUNDAY 2 JUNE 2019

    Extreme Imagination - Inside the Mind's Eye

    University of Exeter research fellow Dr Matthew MacKisack guides us through a RAMM exhibition that explores works by artists, writers and makers with widely varying visual imaginations.

    RAMM

  • FRIDAY 17-SUNDAY 19 MAY 2019

    Playing with gender expectations at Barnfield Theatre

    An Exeter College interpretation of A Midsummer Night's Dream transforms it into an enchanting contemporary gender-adapted tale.

    BARNFIELD THEATRE

  • Rainbow Trail LGBTQIA+ exhibition queers RAMM for Exeter Pride 2019

    NEWS

    Rainbow Trail LGBTQIA+ exhibition queers RAMM for Exeter Pride 2019

    A new collaboration between X-Plore Youth Devon, Exeter College LGBTQ+ society, Natalie McGrath of Dreadnought SW and Dr Jana Funke of the University of Exeter explores gender and sexual diversity across time, place and culture by reimagining objects from the RAMM collections.

    Kaleider Mikrofest Our Dancing Shadows in Exeter Princesshay

    NEWS

    Out of sight, out of mind

    A performance of From The Light of The Fire, Our Dancing Shadows in Exeter for Kaleider Mikrofest appears to favour illusion over truth in a confused rendering of Plato's cave allegory that leaves both performers and audience in the dark.


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    Transport & Mobility
    E3 cycle route Chard Road modal filter

    COMMENT

    Exeter cycling & walking strategy five years late and counting

    County council soft-pedalling on infrastructure plan which city council says will not form part of new Exeter Local Plan despite Department for Transport guidance.

    Stagecoach app showing Exeter bus service delays and cancellations

    ANALYSIS

    Bus back better? Exeter services expected to remain unfit for purpose without needed changes

    Government underfunding and bus sector challenges limit scope for improvement but county council failure to upgrade routes and policy ambitions plus high housing costs make Exeter difficulties acute, undermining net zero aspirations.

    Church Road traffic congestions

    ANALYSIS

    Alphington "enhancements" will not mitigate traffic impact from massive South West Exeter extension

    County council manipulates public consultation and allocates just 1% of £55 million grant to pedestrian scheme while spending 75% on new roads and increased road capacity for 3,500 new cars expected on greenfield housing estate.

    Planning & Place
    Exeter City Futures Exeter Development Fund presentation slide

    COMMENT

    Exeter Development Fund: rent extraction, unaffordable housing and gentrification, but not net zero

    Exeter City Futures' private debt-driven Liveable Exeter property development financing scheme is under fire from councillors who say it is based on insufficiently-evidenced assumptions and won't meet Exeter's housing needs.

    Liveable Exeter community engagement with council development director Ian Collinson

    COMMENT

    Property development promotion as community planning participation

    If the Liveable Exeter property development scheme and its Exeter Development Fund financing vehicle are already intended to "anchor and underpin" the new Exeter Local Plan, what will public consultation on the plan decide?

    Exeter Article 4 Direction area July 2011 map

    NEWS

    St. James HMO conversion refusal overturned at appeal

    Council failed to provide sufficient evidence to support 2012 planning policy introduced to limit impact of student occupation of residential housing stock.

    Climate & Environment
    Exeter City Futures website - vision & mission summary

    ANALYSIS

    University emissions study confirms Net Zero Exeter plan redundancy

    Council retains Exeter City Futures' services despite history of delivery failures and lack of capacity to support defined decarbonisation targets.

    Rob Hannaford and Karime Hassan at Exeter City Council's June 2022 strategic scrutiny committee meeting

    COMMENT

    Net Zero Exeter accountability under scrutiny

    Exeter City Council's response to the climate crisis has so far been characterised by numerous failings. Unfortunately its attitude towards accountability for its actions in this area is also cause for concern.

    Greenhouse gas protocol for cities - sources and boundaries of city greenhouse gas emissions (scale)

    ANALYSIS

    Exeter greenhouse gas report disregards hundreds of thousands of tonnes of annual city emissions

    Restricted scope of study misrepresents scale of city's impact to produce partial decarbonisation targets while ignoring opportunities to reduce emissions imported by residents, businesses and visitors, guaranteeing net zero failure.

    Democracy & Governance
  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    Race in pole position

    Exeter Labour looks set to pick Steve Race as the party’s parliamentary candidate at the next general election after retiring incumbent Ben Bradshaw anointed his former assistant as his heir apparent in what has been a fairly safe Labour seat since the 1997 landslide...

    DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    Bundling boards

    The third in a series of city council scrutiny meetings intended to satisfy councillors that Exeter Development Fund is a way to put Exeter on the map rather than the council’s financial viability at risk took place last week...

    DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

  • Exeter City Council 2022 annual meeting 17 May 2022

    ANALYSIS

    Labour councillors appointed to all fourteen city council committee chairs at annual meeting

    Council leader falsely claims "overwhelming majority" voted Labour in Exeter local elections while circumvention of council decision-making scrutiny continues.

    Community & Society
  • SATURDAY 30 JULY 2022

    Sidwella day celebration

    Devon Voice Group is co-hosting a celebration of Exeter's patron saint, the city's heritage and Devonian culture and dialect.

    ST. SIDWELL'S COMMUNITY CENTRE

  • SATURDAY 9 JULY 2022

    Kidical Mass returns to Exeter in July

    Kidical Mass Exeter is holding its second family bike ride and picnic as part of an ongoing global campaign for safe cycling routes for children, young people and families.

    BELMONT PARK

  • MONDAY 27 JUNE 2022

    PRISM Exeter Pride month queer science celebration

    Devon network champions LGBTQIA+ STEMM contributors and the impact they have had on young people in queer science competition.

    UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

  • Economy & Enterprise
    Exeter 2020 net internal migration by age group bar chart

    ANALYSIS

    Exeter beset by unaffordable housing, low graduate retention and economically inactive over 50's

    Exeter City Council executive ignores key challenges flagged in major council-commissioned employment and skills research report.

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    How to inflate housing costs and influence people

    Despite Exeter’s rapidly worsening housing crisis, the council has continued its relentless promotion of the city as a destination to potential incomers by commissioning a coterie of Instagram influencers to flog the place to their followers after spending a May weekend here...

    ECONOMY & ENTERPRISE

  • Shops to let on Exeter High Street

    ANALYSIS

    Do Exeter Labour election campaign claims stand up to scrutiny? Part II: Economy & city centre

    The second in our 2022 local elections series examines Exeter Labour claims about the city centre and Exeter's wider economy, including its misrepresentation of content marketing materials as authoritative sources of information about the city.