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Portsmouth Festivities 2019

Portsmouth Festivities 2019

17 September, 2019

“Love is so short, forgetting is so long” Pablo Neruda

We want to thank you for being a part of our 20th anniversary year. If you came to one event or more we appreciate the support given to the Festivities for 2019.

Portsmouth Festivities celebrated 20 years of arts, culture and heritage in the city, bringing to the public some amazing acts. The Cardinall’s Musick opened the anniversary programme at Portsmouth Cathedral, with The Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir joining them for part of the evening. Estonian Folk artist Mari Kalkun gave an enchanting performance at St George’s Church. MasterChef judge and food critic Jay Rayner, delivered his take on ‘The Ten Food Commandments’ delighting the audience with his offerings. We also welcomed back cellist Guy Johnston, who performed at the 2001 festival.

There was a great offering of poetry and literature at this year’s festival, from Jeff Towns’ enlightening talk on Edward Thomas, to appearances by authors Kate Mosse, Pete Johnson and Simon Singh

This year’s theme of Twenty inspired our World Premiere closing event 20 Love. This event was the culmination of a 6-month project funded by the Arts Council of England which saw multiple artists in numerous art forms creating new work inspired by Pablo Neruda’s Twenty Love Poems: And A Song Of Despair.

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