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Portsmouth Festivities launches 2019 programme

The City’s longest-running arts festival, now in its twentieth year, continues to impress with a diverse range of events.

From 14 – 23 June, visitors and residents of the city are invited to a ten day extravaganza which showcases the best of Portsmouth – and the world. The theme for this year’s festival is TWENTY which provides the inspiration for the Festival’s centre piece: 20 Love; a live multi arts event on Governor’s Green.

This ambitious undertaking brings together film, music and spoken word poetry. 20 Love also invites the public to submit their own poems on postcards distributed around the city, some of which will be featured in the evening show. As well as hosting some of the most innovative work in Portsmouth this summer, the Portsmouth Festivities are hosting some of the biggest names in the creative arts today.

The festival’s guests this year include internationally renowned choirs The Cardinalls’ Musick  and the Tenebrae Consort, jazz legend Jason Rebello, and Estonian folk sensation Mari Kalkun. It also boasts a fabulous line-up of speakers, including restaurant critic Jay Rayner, science writer Simon Singh, and bestselling author Kate Mosse.

Aspex Gallery host Homage (exhibition of artwork that celebrates the festival’s 20-year history) , Hotwalls Studios and Art Space will open their doors to the public during the festival’s run. The NO.6 Cinema are also honouring classics on film by screening three films in their 20th anniversary this year. And don’t miss SEED, Pif Paf theatre company’s free show at Southsea Castle.

The Festival’s Director, Erica Smith, says;

“It’s been a joy to programme our landmark anniversary. Despite growing year-on-year, 70% of the events remain entirely free, enabling it to reach out to those parts of the community not normally reached by arts events. Here’s to another 20 years!”

Discover more about events taking place during Portsmouth Festivities 2019 here.

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