It’s a wrap for Festivities!

Thousands of people engaged in a variety of activities and events put on during this year’s Portsmouth Festivities, with the 10 day celebration including 4 CCI lectures, The Angels Cry and PLAY CODE CITY. 

The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries lectures were hosted at the University of Portsmouth‘s Eldon Building and included Cry Baby, Portsmouth at Play, ‘The Oarsman’: Modulars and New Technologies, and The Future of Cinematic Digital Cinematography.

Cry Baby saw Ben Hodgeson explore Blues Harmonica from Germany to Liverpool, covering a ‘race through harmonica history’ and ‘Can I play too?’, while Senior Lecturer in Illustration Louis Netter gave the lecture Portsmouth at Play – exploring the past of Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard and surrounding areas through drawings.

Dr Pere Villez presented ‘The Oarsman’, where he discussed the possibilities of combining old and new music technologies with phoneography, and the final CCI Lecture, The Future of Cinematic Digital Cinematography, saw Daniel Mulligan discuss new sensor technology and his research in this area alongside the latest techniques in Hollywood Film Productions.

Portsmouth Festivities also collaborated with the School of Creative Technologies and Torchlight Heritage to produce Portsmouth’s first ever live and interactive user-led, city-wide form of eventing.

PLAY CODE CITY began on the first day of the Festivities, and continued until its closure on 25 June. Participants had to download the app and decipher clues about happenings in the Festivities to attend and gain an extra letter for their code. Anyone who found 15 or more Happenings by the end of the festival was entered into a prize draw.

The Angels Cry, a performance of poetry, dance, music and projections to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Passchendaele, was a collaboration between the School of Creative Technologies, Portsmouth Poetry and the New Theatre Royal players and dancers.

In addition to this, Portsmouth Guildhall hosted Playpower: the 60s counter-culture and the Summer of Love – an event marking the Monterey Pop Festival and Summer of Love’s 50th anniversary and including performances from Bruce Barthol and Scarlet Town.

Portsmouth Festivities are grateful to all who supported the festival this year. Festivities Director, Erica Smith, said, “Many people enjoyed the PLAY theme for 2017 – we are already looking forward to next year and bringing the City a great 10 day experience again.”

The dates for next year’s Portsmouth Festivities are 15-24 June 2018.

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Photo credit: Ross Young Photographers


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