Welcome to Ports Fest

Ports Fest is an award-winning festival that has been providing cultural experiences in the City of Portsmouth for almost 25 years, engaging with multiple audiences in Portsmouth venues and the surrounding areas.

Our ambitious multi-arts programme tries to respond to the city’s identity as a commuter belt, sea city, and area of rich cultural history.
Ports Fest is ambitious about delivering work of the highest quality that illuminates the lives of people from all backgrounds. The growth of the festival since its inception in 1999 has been recognised as largely due to the active participation of its arts and cultural partners and the efforts of a core of dedicated individuals.
There is much to get involved in, with events happening throughout the year as well as the main focus of our summer festival.

Ports Fest summer festival will return in 2024 – 26th June to 30th June 2024

News from Ports Fest


Ports Fest 2024 - Size isn’t everything….


Ports Fest Mardi Gras 2024 - Futures


Ukraine Benefit Concert

Ports Fest announces the Ukraine Benefit Concert on 17th June featuring outstanding guitarist Carlos Bonell and friends.


‘Black Is The Color of My Voice’ at the NTR

On 3 July 2022 Ports Fest presents to you the play inspired by the life of Nina Simone as part of our 2022 Festival.


Ports Fest SUBMERGED Installation drops at the Mary Rose Museum!

SUBMERGED Installation drops at the Mary Rose Museum


Black Dyke Band to perform at the Kings Theatre

Black Dyke Band will perform at the Kings Theatre in July 2022

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