Exeter’s unique indoor music and performance festival returns. Back for its sixth year of festival fundraising, Gemfest will raise much-needed funds for The Brain Tumour Charity Trust and local hospice charity, Hospiscare.
Gemfest is a festival of two halves. The daytime (11am – 3pm) is a free, family-orientated event for children of all ages. There will be arts and crafts, workshops, sports, games, competitions, live music and lots more attractions. Music is provided by local youth musicians and singers, Teenagers for Hospiscare.
The evening event runs from 6pm until midnight and there will be an eclectic mix of live music over two stages, a silent disco and other entertainment will be available. All musicians are local and all generously volunteer their time to attend and perform at this event in aid of Hospiscare and The Brain Tumour Charity.
This year’s Gemfest promises to be bigger and better than ever, returning to Exeter Phoenix to raise money to celebrate a very special tenth anniversary.
Gemma Wensley, a former pupil at Exeter College, has always been a live music fan and regularly attended festivals across the UK. In 2009, Gemma fell seriously ill with an inoperable brain tumour and was given the devastating news that her condition was terminal.
The first ever Gemfest took place in 2012; a surprise indoor festival organised by Gemma’s friends to celebrate her 30th birthday, a milestone they feared she would never reach. The following months involved grueling treatment and a long emotional rollercoaster ride for Gemma and those close to her. Then miraculously, the tumour started to shrink and Gemma improved drastically.
2020 celebrates a very special tenth anniversary by marking ten years since Gemma’s treatment started. To date, over £25,000 has been raised for Hospiscare and The Brain Tumour charity; the two charities that supported Gemma through her illness.