Student-led Cultural eXchange festival to launch at De Montfort for eighteenth consecutive year

By Perry Johnson

A five-day cultural celebration will be sweeping across campus next week as De Montfort University hosts its 18th student-run festival.

The “Cultural eXchanges” festival annually features talks, discussions and performances by special guests from the cultural and creative industries – with headliners this year including award winning entrepreneur Jamal Edwards MBE and model and activist Munroe Bergdorf.


The heart of DMU: The University is funding the festival alongside sponsors

The week-long celebration will be hosted by the Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities at the university from February 25 until March 1; with around 40 of the more than 50 events on offer being organised in some way by a small and select team of third year festival management students.

One of them, Kate Askew, head of social media and engagement for the festival, said: “We’re all very excited as we’ve been working on this project since just before summer last year.

“We were all interviewed to qualify for this module and it means so much to see all our hard work and theory we’ve learnt over the years put into practice and to see our final vision come to life.”


Festival formation: The event was first held to mark the opening of the Clephan Building in 2000

The student team aim to promote a sense of inclusion and accessibility within the festival, delivering this through events suitable for a wide range of interests including fine art, sport and music.

Drawing up to 4,000 people every year; not only are a majority of the educational events free but all are open to the public with people from outside the university making up approximately 40% of the festival’s audience base.

Kate said: “It’s really important for people to be challenged and that’s what we aim to do so people can learn and educate themselves on something they wouldn’t have the opportunity to otherwise.”

For more information about the festival and the events on offer visit

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