The newly named Dickens Christmas Festival will return to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard between the weekend of 29th November to 1st December 2019.
The weekend of 10th and 11th August will see the skies above Southsea Common filled with colourful kites in a range of shapes and sizes. The Portsmouth International Kite Festival is a free event, organised by Portsmouth City Council and The Kite Society of Great Britain.
Sky Dining is a unique dining experience, served in a pop-up restaurant 100 metres above sea level. Surrounded by breath-taking panoramic night-time views over Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent. The five course menu will showcase seasonal produce from handpicked local suppliers known for their quality.
Wrapping up the 2019 Portsmouth Festivities schedule, and helping to mark the 20th anniversary of the event in the city, TWENTY LOVE is a free to attend cultural event taking place on Governor’s Green, Old Portsmouth.
Get creative in this enjoyable printmaking workshop. Participants will be guided through simple and effective methods to respond to the Twenty Years installation. Suitable for all experience levels in arts and crafts.
Hear the surreal, haunting and exotic poetry of: Federico Garcia Lorca, Pablo Neruda, Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, performed as songs and set to a collection of rich, daring and fiery classical guitar compositions. Already known for transcribing the work of William Blake, Dylan Thomas, Leonard Cohen and Jack Kerouac into intriguing and multi-dimensional songs, Keith James has now turned his attention to one of his greatest passions: the intoxicating and mysterious world of masterful Spanish writers.
SoCo Music Project, purveyors of engaging, contemporary music making, and SÓN, a versatile & virtuosic chamber orchestra, join forces with Special Schools in Portsmouth to bring you the Sound Clash Orchestra. Join us for an evening of unique music, fusing the classical with the futuristic!
Meet author and military historian Anthony Tucker-Jones for a unique insight into what made Operation Overlord such a resounding success. The talk draws on his latest book D-Day 1944: The Making of Victory. Ranging from ‘crickets to concrete’, it promises to be a truly entertaining evening.
Time: 5.00 PM to 8.00 PM Location: Portsmouth Guildhall
Grab your chance to get creative! Make something of your own or take part in an organised workshop such as ceramics, glasswork or jewellery.
This free event comes to you from The Makers Guild.
Tickets: Free (Limited capacity, booking required)
Time: 5.00 PM to 8.00 PM
Location: Portsmouth Guildhall
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Celebrated British jazz pianist Jason Rebello was labelled ‘a veteran’ by critics at 19, and over the next decade won most of the major jazz music awards. He has performed with artists including Sting, Jeff Beck and Peter Gabriel, and his latest release Held (2016) won Album of the Year in the British Jazz Awards.
Learn from professionally trained directors and teachers and get the chance to perform and participate in various New Theatre Royal projects, including performances in our prestigious main house. The weekly sessions will comprise a range of skills-based, accessible drama workshops that are suitable for all, regardless of previous experience. Participants should wear loose comfortable clothing, and layers are advised.
What’s too close? What’s too far? What’s too familiar? What’s too much? What’s the problem? Where’s the line?
In their new play, Touching, Jo Harper and James Robinson invite you to consider the changing relationship between men and women.
The 20th century saw the emergence of the aircraft and the tank. Could these new weapons win wars? How would future wars be fought? Had Britain started to prepare for war too late? Was the RAF preparing for the right war? No questions left unanswered in this fascinating talk from author and military historian Greg Baughen.
Join popular science and maths writer, Simon Singh, on a whistle-stop tour through two decades of his bestselling books. Last Theorem looks at one of the biggest mathematical puzzles of the millennium; The Code Book shares the secrets of cryptology; Big Bang explores the history of cosmology; Trick or Treatment asks some hard questions about alternative medicine; and Simon’s latest book, The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, explains how TV writers, throughout the cartoon’s twenty-five-year history, have smuggled in mathematical jokes.
Join weaver Alice Hume at Hotwalls Studios for this month’s Open Studio event. Alice will be working on the Parade Ground, and offering the opportunity for you to contribute to her large recycling inspired weave.
Lose yourself in this meditative mix of Estonian tradition and innovative song writing, brought to you by one of the most forward-looking folk artists today. Since releasing her first album in Estonia in 2007, Mari Kalkun has toured Europe and sold albums as far afield as Japan. In 2018, Mari was nominated in two categories at the Estonian Music Awards and also received the Tallinn Music Week artist award. Her fifth and latest album, Ilmamõtsan, was rated in The Guardian’s top 10 best world albums.
Delve into the fascinating musical world of Jane Austen with a delightful programme of music from the Austen Trio. Created from a detailed exploration of the Austen Family music books, this programme includes works by Haydn, Dussek and Cramer.
Hold on to your seat and prepare to be afraid! Thrills and chills for all the family in this fantastic horror musical created by local writer Lou Andrews and performed by The Groundlings Youth Theatre (voted best drama school in Hampshire for 2017 & 2018).
A Portsmouth Poetry ‘Lost Poets’ Event. Join Jeff Towns, a member of the Welsh Academy, Dylan Thomas expert, and the author of Dylan Thomas - the Pubs, as he introduces his latest book, Edward Thomas and Wales. Jeff will talk about the man who lived near Portsmouth prior to his death in WW1 and who, in just three years, shaped modern poetry.
The Cardinall’s Musick is a highly successful and innovative ensemble, known for its extensive study and performance of English Renaissance music. Share in some of the finest music written for the ensemble in recent years, as well as masterpieces of the 16th Century.
Pupils from The Portsmouth Grammar School have been invited to create entirely new work in response to twenty years of specially selected Festivities archive material. Experience this diverse exhibition and pay homage to the Portsmouth Festivities in its 20th year.
Step inside the amazing world of Maggie Roberts, who returns to Portsmouth with a solo exhibition of new work. Winner of EMERGENCY 2017, the artist uses video and soundscapes, fused with watercolour and photographic collage, to make science-fictional, immersive and audio-visual works.
Portsmouth Festivities: Twenty Years. Can you imagine the almost unimaginable future? Bennett and McDermott present Twenty Years, an interactive installation that encourages visitors of all ages to reflect on life since 1999, and explore visions for 2039.