Our Festivities


For 10 days at the end of the June, we capture imaginations, celebrate diversity and explore Portsmouth’s amazing heritage.

Our festivities

Now in its 18th year, the Portsmouth Festivities has developed a reputation for providing high quality events with professional artists in the city’s unique venues. Both regionally and nationally, our reach continues to grow.

Our vision

Every year, we will champion the very best of Portsmouth, bringing its rich heritage and thriving cultural scene to the forefront. What’s more, we will help to shape the provision of accessible cultural experiences for all. And every year, we will grow and develop - extending our reach, reputation and impact.

Our mission

To broaden participation in and access to artistic and cultural activities by providing a high quality programme of performances and events which capture imaginations, celebrate diversity and reflect on the heritage value of Portsmouth.

Our goals

  • To attract audiences of all ages and communities to Portsmouth
  • To inspire and involve the city’s diverse communities in our work
  • To provide opportunities for lifelong learning
  • To support local artists, cultural and creative organisations

The Festivities team

  • Erica Smith

    Festivities Director

    Erica Smith has been working in the creative and cultural industries sector for nearly twenty years as a producer and programmer where she has managed and produced hundreds of projects in the UK and Internationally. Erica has a specialist interest in producing interactive media programmes. In her spare time she is the co-founder and Chairman of Voice FM (103.9) radio station in Southampton. Erica is also an Excite accredited trainer for Excellence, Creativity and Innovation in Teaching and Education. She would one day like to feature in Midsummer Murders.

  • Victoria Smith

    Festivities Administrator

    Victoria Smith recently graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a degree in BA (Hons) Photography. She has had a varied career in administration and eventing, including a placement year opportunity at the university, where she worked in the industry as an Events and Promotions Assistant in the CCI Faculty. In her spare time, Victoria volunteers as a Treasurer to the 5th Gosport Sea Scouts and also takes part at fundraising events

  • Nathan Harrison

    Festivities Assistant

    Nathan Harrison is currently undertaking the Gap Year Choral Scholarship scheme. Nathan read music at Cardiff University, leading to several achievements and awards – most notably the Morfydd Owen Scholarship. Since graduating Nathan held positions such as a lay singer at Llandaff Cathedral, attained scholarships with the BBC National Chorus of Wales, and St Martins Church, Roath. He is a member of the current Genesis Sixteen choral course. Nathan has also performed with Charlotte Church in The Last Mermaid as part of the Cardiff Festival of Voice.

Board and Patrons

The Portsmouth Festivities would not be what it is today without the expert advice, inspirational enthusiasm and tireless support of our Patrons, Trustees, Creative Partners and Education Associates.


Mr James Priory


Nigel Atkinson Esq, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire Catherine Bott
Very Reverend David Brindley, Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral Professor John Carey FBA
Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor of University of Portsmouth Right Reverend Christopher Foster, Lord Bishop of Portsmouth
Doctor Tim Hands The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth
Raymond Leppard Sir Andrew Motion FRSA
Peter Phillips Vice Admiral Sir David Steel KBE DL
Sandi Toksvig OBE  


Max Craft Andy Grays
David Hampshire Drusilla Moody
Brian Larkman MBE Dorothy Albrecht

Sponsors and Media Partners

We’re truly thrilled by the support we've received from the local business community this year. Corporate sponsorship has never been more important in the arts, and every one of our sponsors has proved their commitment to enriching the cultural life of Portsmouth.

Sponsors 2017

Grant aid

Official media partners

Official bookseller

Creative Partners and Associates

Principal sponsors 2017

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