For 10 days starting in the middle of June, we capture imaginations, celebrate diversity and explore Portsmouth’s amazing heritage.
Now in its 19th year, the Portsmouth Festivities has developed a reputation for providing high quality events with professional artists in the city’s unique venues. Both regionally and nationally, our reach continues to grow.
Every year, we will champion the very best of Portsmouth, bringing its rich heritage and thriving cultural scene to the forefront. What’s more, we will help to shape the provision of accessible cultural experiences for all. And every year, we will grow and develop - extending our reach, reputation and impact.
To broaden participation in and access to artistic and cultural activities by providing a high quality programme of performances and events which capture imaginations, celebrate diversity and reflect on the heritage value of Portsmouth.
- To attract audiences of all ages and communities to Portsmouth
- To inspire and involve the city’s diverse communities in our work
- To provide opportunities for lifelong learning
- To support local artists, cultural and creative organisations
The Festivities team
Erica SmithFestivities Director
Erica Smith has been working in the creative and cultural industries sector for nearly twenty years as a producer and programmer where she has managed and produced hundreds of projects in the UK and Internationally. Erica has a specialist interest in producing interactive media programmes. In her spare time she is the co-founder and Chair of Voice FM (103.9) radio station in Southampton. Erica is also an Excite accredited trainer for Excellence, Creativity and Innovation in Teaching and Education.
Victoria SmithFestivities Administrator
Victoria Smith is a graduate from the University of Portsmouth with a degree in BA (Hons) Photography. She has had a varied career in administration and eventing, including a placement year opportunity at the university, where she worked in the industry as an Events and Promotions Assistant in the CCI Faculty. In her spare time, Victoria volunteers as a Treasurer to the 5th Gosport Sea Scouts and also takes part at fundraising events
Alfie Evans-HutchisonFestivities Assistant
Alfie Evans-Hutchison is currently undergoing his second gap year, having left Hampton School in 2016. Music is Alfie’s passion, and he would like to study cello and singing at a conservatoire next year. He very keen to gain experience working for the festivities team in the coming year, and is looking forward to all its challenges. Alfie also loves playing football, amongst other sports, and is an avid Man Utd fan.
Board and Patrons
The Portsmouth Festivities would not be what it is today without the expert advice, inspirational enthusiasm and tireless support of our Patrons, Trustees, Creative Partners and Education Associates.
Mr James Priory
|Nigel Atkinson Esq, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire||Catherine Bott|
|Very Reverend David Brindley, Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral||Professor John Carey FBA|
|Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor of University of Portsmouth||Right Reverend Christopher Foster, Lord Bishop of Portsmouth|
|Doctor Tim Hands||The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth|
|Raymond Leppard||Sir Andrew Motion FRSA|
|Peter Phillips||Vice Admiral Sir David Steel KBE DL|
|Karen Blackett OBE|
|Anne Stanford||David Hampshire|
|Drusilla Moody||Dorothy Albrecht|
Sponsors and Media Partners
We’re truly thrilled by the support we've received from the local business community this year. Corporate sponsorship has never been more important in the arts, and every one of our sponsors has proved their commitment to enriching the cultural life of Portsmouth.