Portsmouth Festivities 2018: A Taste of Freedom

The University of Portsmouth, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries is thrilled to share some of the activities taking place as part of Portsmouth Festivities.

Portsmouth Festivities 2018 launches in the CIty today, with over one hundred events on offer, there will be plenty to see and do this year at Portsmouth’s flagship multi-disciplinary arts festival. Now in its 19th year, the programme continues with a fantastic mix of concerts, talks, theatre ad outdoor events planned for 10 days  June 15-24.

The theme for this year’s festival is freedom and what better way to explore this than trying to escape from their very own commissioned Escape Room which will hopefully be breaking a record as the world’s smallest escape room. You can find this at Gunwharf Quays and it is totally free! Booking is essential, click here to book your slot.

Renowned for their ‘phenomenal artistry’ (The Daily Telegraph), O Duo has performed across the world with their vibrant percussion, and they are lucky to have the duo who will be opening the Festivities for this year on 15 June.

You could also try a spot of backwards running with three times World Champion Garret Doherty. There are many other events around the theme of Freedom, including the showing of Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom at No6 Cinema.

Some of the Festival music highlights this year are The Tallis Scholars, Carlos Bonell, Simo Lagnawi and award wining folk group RURA. There is a fabulous line-up of speakers including Peter Tatchell, Philip Hoare, Lloyd Clark, and Diane Atkinson.

There will be a wide range of eclectic arts events, as once again Art Space opens its doors to the public, Hotwalls Studios will be welcoming visitors to see their crafts, Kings Theatre will be celebrating a century of women winning the vote in an exhibition and Jack House Gallery is showcasing work of young local artists.

This year’s Father’s Day brings exciting activities, from creating models at the newly transformed D-Day Museum or taking part in the brilliant comical theatre Moonfall by Hikapee Circus Theatre – where dads get to go free!

As well as this there will be plenty of family events for all to enjoy throughout the ten days. Come down to Southsea Castle where you will find the Goblin Queen and her huge and ancient Dragon as part of the Dragon Quest event.

Making a welcome return are some of the great favourites such as Seafood on the Green and Aspex Family Saturdays.

Festivities Director Erica Smith said “Freedom seemed really fitting for this year as we mark the centenary of women’s suffrage and the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela. We have over a hundred free events for people to attend this year so we are delighted that everyone should be spoilt for choice”

Discover more about events taking place during Portsmouth Festivities 2018 on their website, and follow Portsmouth Festivities on Facebook @PortsmouthFestivities, Twitter @PortsFest, and Instagram @PortsmouthFestivities

Katie Clarke

Katie Clarke is a Media Studies Student, currently on her Placement Year, working as Promotions Assistant for the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, at the University of Portsmouth.

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