The Ports Fest Team

Erica Smith - Director

Award Winning Creative Producer Erica Smith has been the Director of Ports Fest since 2015. She has been a senior programme manager and creative producer in the creative industries for 20 years including the national Creative Partnerships programme where she was at the heart of creativity in education for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. She has devised hundreds of innovative projects and produced thousands of events with a specialist knowledge of mixed media. Erica is also the Co-Founder of Voice FM radio station in Southampton and a trustee for BAFA – The British Arts Festivals Association.

Fiona Titheridge - Schools Engagement Coordinator

Fiona Titheridge has worked for Ports Fest for 3 years as the school’s engagement coordinator. She has worked with primary and secondary schools across the city on creative and cultural projects. She is a part time secondary school teacher and is passionate about outreach and connections. In addition to her teaching, she has established and coordinated school's links with Kikaaya College School in Uganda.  

Ports Fest Governance

Chair – David Wickes

Company Secretary – Cindy Peche



Louise Chantal

Max Craft

Dr Adrian Hull

Ming Wu


Lou Doye

Creative Partners

Art Space Portsmouth

Articulate Sage

Aspex Gallery

Groundlings Theatre

Kings Theatre

Mary Rose Trust


New Theatre Royal

Portsmouth Cathderal

Portsmouth Guildhall

Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust

Portsmouth Music Festival 

Portsmouth Music Hub 

Portsmouth Poetry

The Portsmouth Grammar School

University of Portsmouth 

Wedgewood Rooms

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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