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'Tribal' event at University of Exeter renamed after cultural appropriation accusations

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An event initially named a 'Tribal Dance' at the University of Exeter has been renamed 'The Temple of Dance' after complaints from members of the University of Exeter's Afro-Carribean society.

The event description on Facebook has also been changed, removing the word 'tribal' in favour of the word 'disco'. 

The event was organised by Good Life Exeter, which has since apologised for any offence caused. The group has said that the word tribe was initially used to suggest a 'sense of community' rather than as a reference to the indigenous tribes of the world. 

However, a member of the Afro-Carribean society has said that that its use is a euphemism and that its use was appalling. Elizabeth Burrell also asked the question: "How can BME (black and minority ethnic) students feel comfortable in Exeter, when organisations put on events that alienate them?"

The event is set to go ahead under its new name at the Exeter Phoenix, a multiuse arts venue, and you can view the edited Facebook event here.

The Student's Guild has stated that tribal events are not allowed, but as this event is organised by an outside company they had no ability to cancel it.

In 2016 a similar student organised event was cancelled due to being regardest as racist and inappropriate by students.




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