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.  


Elena G-V Silva - Administrator

Elena joined Ports Fest in 2021. Graduated from the University of Portsmouth, she has later been an administrative assistant to various senior roles, and has now made her move into the event management world to gain experience in running events, social media and promotion. Elena has returned to education to gain further qualifications, embarking on a PRINCE2 course to further her Project Management aspirations.


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

News from Ports Fest

Ports Fest Re-ignite 2022 call out

Call out for any artist/organisation/practitioner to exhibit their art during the Ports Fest 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

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

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