Arts & Culture
  • 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.


  • FRIDAY 27 MAY 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.


  • SUNDAY 29 MAY 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.


  • 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.



    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.


  • 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.



    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.


  • Positive Light Projects - Sidwell Street entrance

    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

    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

    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.

    Photo of The Jambassadors by Gabe Riedlinger

    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.

    Extreme Imagination - inside the mind's eye exhibition at Exeter RAMM

    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.

    Exeter College students in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Barnfield Theatre

    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.

    Rainbow Trail LGBTQIA+ exhibition queers RAMM for Exeter Pride 2019

    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

    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

    Kidical Mass Exeter: "The best day ever"

    300 people took part in the first Kidical Mass Exeter family bike ride on Sunday 15 May as part of a global campaign for safe cycling routes for children, young people and families.

    Cargo bike carrying kids in Exeter

    If you think electric vehicles are the answer, you're asking the wrong question

    Mike Walton of Exeter Cycling Campaign says we shouldn't be seduced by the motoring lobby into believing that electric cars can create the future we and our children need.

    RMT campaign sticker on Exeter bus shelter

    Stagecoach strike to take place following failed pay negotiations

    Transport union RMT says Stagecoach pay offer is unsatisfactory and demands better conditions as staff shortages threaten services.

    Planning & Place
    Exeter Labour manifesto for Exeter City Council 2022 elections - front cover

    Do Exeter Labour election campaign claims stand up to scrutiny? Part I: Exeter's housing crisis

    The first instalment in our 2022 local elections coverage examines Exeter Labour claims related to the housing crisis overtaking the city.

    Exeter student house in multiple occupation

    Council consultants confirm 58% of Exeter's university students live in city's residential housing stock

    2021-22 university figures suggest there are now more than 4,500 student HMOs in the city, consistent with ONS findings, with number set to surpass Exeter's council housing provision.

    Individual overseas ownership of Exeter property titles 2010 to 2021 bar chart

    Individual overseas ownership of Exeter property triples in ten years

    350% rise greater than in Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster, increasing housing costs, reducing home ownership levels and harming housing affordability.

    Climate & Environment
    Climate delay discourse typology

    Do Exeter Labour election campaign claims stand up to scrutiny? Part III: Climate & environment

    The third in our 2022 local elections series examines Exeter Labour claims about climate crisis leadership, renewable energy, recycling, retrofitting and development standards as well as decisions to scrap council and city decarbonisation goals.

    Net Zero Exeter 2030 plan cover edit

    Exeter City Council abandons city 2030 decarbonisation "ambition"

    Unannounced decision to exclude scope 3 emissions constituting around 43% of Exeter's carbon footprint from "net zero" plans effectively ensures city will not meet its decarbonisation goals.

    Devon council climate action plan Climate Emergency UK scorecard scores bar chart

    Exeter decarbonisation plans found wanting in nationwide council climate action plan study

    Somerset West and Taunton highest scoring local authority area with East Devon in third place nationally in comprehensive Climate Emergency UK analysis.

    Democracy & Governance
    Exeter City Council 2022 annual meeting 17 May 2022

    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.

    Exeter City Council party seat distribution after 2022 local elections

    Greens take three seats from Labour so Progressive Group replaces Conservatives as official opposition

    Conservative loss in Topsham among significant vote share changes in 2022 Exeter City Council elections suggesting city's political landscape in flux.

    2022-23 band D council tax charges ranges (England)

    Do Exeter Labour election campaign claims stand up to scrutiny? Coda: Council tax

    The last part of our 2022 local elections series is a coda examining Exeter Labour's claim that the city has one of the lowest rates of council tax in the country.

    Community & Society
  • SUNDAY 15 MAY 2022

    Kidical Mass comes to Exeter

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



    Exeter Respect Festival 2022

    Exeter Respect Festival returns to Belmont Park for its 25th anniversary with live music and performance, food stalls, campaigners and community groups.


  • SATURDAY 14 MAY 2022

    Exeter Pride 2022

    Exeter Pride returns for an in-person celebration of LGBTQIA+ diversity and visibility after moving online in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Economy & Enterprise
    Shops to let on Exeter High Street

    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.

    Job Centre Plus entrance

    Exeter workers to be among hardest hit by £20 cut in universal credit

    Analysis shows proportion of benefit claimants in Exeter in work is among highest in country.

    Centre for Cities Exeter City Monitor graphic

    Selective use of statistics presents an unbalanced account of Exeter's economic & environmental status

    Exeter City Council's Chief Executive uses statistics to show the city in a good light, but in doing so presents a picture which omits important information about the city's true position.