Portsmouth Festivities opens 2017's Community Programme

2017 marks the eighteenth anniversary of Portsmouth Festivities. The Festival has been growing ever since. A new Community Programme was introduced in 2014, becoming a great success every year with the events being well received. 

Every year, the Festivities celebrates the best of Portsmouth and offer creative individuals and organisations the chance to showcase their work. There were many successful applicants to last year’s Festivities, including Little Duck Forge and Tongues and Grooves.       

Portsmouth Festivities is calling for organisations and individuals from the community to apply to put on an event as part of Festivities 2017. This is a fantastic chance to showcase new and existing talent within a Festival framework. It’s a wonderful opportunity within the City and it will increase our offer to deliver the best Festivities yet!

The theme for this year’s Festival is PLAY. This does not mean that every application has to hold this theme as this would be unrealistic, but if it does then it could definitely guarantee some playful entertainment to our audience.

Portsmouth Festivities 2017 will run between Friday 16 and Sunday 25 June. If you would like to propose an event, contact the Festivities team at or visit to download full terms and conditions and an application form. Deadline for entries is midday Thursday 8th December

Key dates for the diary:

Thursday 8 December                Entries close for the Festival Community Programme at midday

Friday 16 June                          Festival 2017 opens

Sunday 25 June                        Festival 2017 closes


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