About Ports Fest

Ports Fest, formally known as Portsmouth Festivities, is the longest running arts and cultural festival in the City of Portsmouth. The award-winning festival was incorporated in 1999 by The Portsmouth Grammar School who continue to support and sponsor the festival to this day.  

The first festival was held in 2000 when ten events took place over ten days; in 2019, 122 events took place. The festival is made up of commissions, bookings and projects, Creative Partner schemes and a community engagement programme.

Over the years the festival has had many thematic focuses from ELECTRIC to shipbuilding, to Freedom, and all have played an important role in creating a variety of memories for our audiences.  

Our ambitious award-winning multi-arts programme aims to respond to the city’s identity as a commuter belt, sea city, and area of both rich cultural history and high levels of economic deprivation.  

The festival has very strong links with education through its work with local schools and colleges. Each year we work with an average of 20 schools in the local area on partnership projects and events. The festival currently has three educational partners and the capacity to build on this in future.

We are continuously focused on improving our work in the community, planning our programmes around a desire to reach new audiences and participants every year. All our events take place in multiple venues in and around the city, and we work in partnership with a large group of Creative Partners.  

Ports Fest intends to deliver an ambitious creative, diverse and high-quality festival, connecting with all lives in places and spaces from the everyday to the unusual.

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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