The Ports Fest Team

Erica Smith – Director 

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 for 7 years. She has devised hundreds of innovative projects and produced thousands of events with a specialist knowledge of mixed media.

Erica is also the director and Co-Founder of Voice FM radio station in Southampton and a trustee for BAFA – The British Arts Festivals Association.  


Tory Smith – Administrator

Tory joined Ports Fest in 2016. With years of experience in various administrative roles, Tory returned to education in 2010 to gain further qualifications before embarking on a degree in Photography in 2012. Whilst on the course, she undertook a year’s paid placement at the University of Portsmouth to work with the Promotions Manager and gain further experience in running events, social media and promotion.  

As well as being into photography, Tory is also a keen crafter and Treasurer for a local scout group in Gosport, having recently become Head of Fundraising for the Gosport District Scouts.  


Francis Brown – Assistant

Francis was born in Kent before going up to Trinity Hall, Cambridge, to read music. There, he sang in several choirs, wrote for and edited a student newspaper, and was a heavily involved with both Trinity Hall Arts Society and Trinity Hall Music Society, before graduating with a first class honours in 2020. This year, he is working for Ports Fest alongside his choral scholarship at Portsmouth Cathedral.  


Ports Fest Governance

Chair – Dr Anne Cotton

Company Secretary – Ann-Marie Phillips



Louise Chantal

Max Craft

David Hampshire

Dr Adrian Hull

Drusilla Moody


Creative Partners

Art Space Portsmouth

Aspex Gallery

Kings Theatre

New Theatre Royal

Portsmouth Cathderal

The Portsmouth Grammar School

Portsmouth Guildhall

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Music Festival 

Portsmouth Music Hub 

Portsmouth Poetry

University of Portsmouth 

Wedgewood Rooms


Black Dyke Band to perform at the Kings Theatre

Black Dyke Band will perform at the Kings Theatre

News from Ports Fest

Black Dyke Band to perform at the Kings Theatre

Black Dyke Band will perform at the Kings Theatre

Looking back on Ports Fest 2021

Looking back on Ports Fest 2021

The Longest Johns brings sea shanties to Portsmouth

The Longest Johns brings sea shanties to Portsmouth

Ports Fest update June 2021

Ports Fest 2021 update

Ports Fest 2021 is live

Ports Fest 2021

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