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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Portsmouth’s annual festival is scheduled for the 14th to the 23rd of June 2019. Expect all the usual top music, comedy, arts, and unique events that have made this Festival so special, and a must for visitors and locals to the city.
Taking place this year on 4th and 5th May, Portsmouth Comic Con returns and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Last year’s inaugural event was an resounding success and the event saw thousands of attendees enjoying the best of comic, film, TV, and pop culture entertainment on the south coast.
Join Groundlings Theatre as Miss Hope Springs plays the piano and sings uniquely catchy songs from her all-original vintage Vegas style repertoire and recounts scandalous stories from her 'Ritz to the pits’ showbiz life in this acclaimed ‘laugh out loud-move you to tears’ show
This popular event takes place on 30th January 2019. The event is free but very popular so booking your place early is advised. Enjoy an evening of astronomy, stargazing, space activities, cosmology chat and talks at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Portsmouth’s Groundlings Theatre presents Shivers: Stories from the Book of Darkness and Light by Adam Z Robinson. A trio of delightfully thrilling new ghost stories, set to the haunting sounds of the violin.
The legendary Joanna Lumley will embark on her first ever live tour, IT’S ALL ABOUT ME, in autumn 2018. Joanna will take to the road for the 30-date tour on 6th October at Belfast's Waterfront Hall and then perform at major theatres in Ireland and across the UK.
Joanna will take audiences through her hilarious and interesting adventures from her incredible career spanning more than four decades, recounting some never heard before stories. She will also be joined on stage by friend and producer Clive Tulloh, who will put to Joanna questions from the audience that they’ve always wanted to ask, making the show a unique and hilarious night to remember.
On announcing It’s All About Me, Joanna said: “The thought of this tour next year, travelling across the British Isles and Ireland, has completely taken over my waking hours. It’s utterly thrilling to start planning the stories I can tell, and the rapture (and gratitude, to be fair) with which I shall greet the audiences. Nothing like this has come my way before, and I may have to be dragged off with a hook at the end of each show. Oh people! This is especially for you from me, with masses of love. I think it will be fabulous.”
All under 20, this group of local artists tackles themes ranging from intensely personal life stories to socio-political anger. This is their second Portsmouth exhibition, following involvement in Play Code City in 2017.
A workshop for local schoolchildren exploring the themes of freedom of expression through art, music, and space takes place at Portsmouth Cathedral as part of the Portsmouth Festivities 2018 programme from 9:30am ‘til 11:30am on Monday 18th June.
This end-of-May half term, Mary Rose Museum, in partnership with LEGO building company Bright Bricks, are giving LEGO brick enthusiasts the opportunity to recreate Holbein's portrait of Henry VIII in the form of a four-metre high LEGO brick mosaic, between Saturday 26th May and Sunday 3rd June.