Take part

Each year, the Festivities celebrates the best of Portsmouth and offer creative individuals and organisations the chance to showcase their work. There were many successful applicants to last year’s Festivities, including Pronoun, Portsmouth Philharmonic and The Tea Set to name but a few. 

Portsmouth Festivities is calling for organisations and individuals from the community to apply to put on an event as part of Festivities 2019. This is a fantastic chance to showcase new and existing talent within a Festival framework. It’s a wonderful opportunity within the City and it will increase our offer to deliver the best Festivities yet!

The theme for 2019 is TWENTY. It is the 20th anniversary of Portsmouth Festivities so would strongly welcome applications with a relevance to this theme.

Click here to download the application form and terms and conditions (please read carefully).

Sponsor us

How to sponsor us

There are a number of ways in which you can support the Festivities. Our sponsorship packages include Event Sponsorship, Corporate Membership and Partnership opportunities. 

Download our sponsorship information form or contact us for details.

We recognise that each sponsor has different requirements, so we'll be happy to put together a package to suit your unique needs.

For further details or to arrange an informal meeting, please contact the Director,

Erica Smith at erica@portsmouthfestivities.co.uk or call 023 9268 1390.

In-kind support

In-kind support from local organisations is vital to the delivery of Portsmouth Festivities - from practical contributions to the programme, to help with administration.

If you've got any ideas, we’d love to hear from you. If you’d like some inspiration, here are some suggestions on how you or your organisation could get involved:

  • Free advertising for the Festivities in your publications or marketing materials
  • Providing use of your venue for events
  • Volunteering or seconding staff to support events
  • Technical support (such as lighting or sound equipment)
  • Travel and accommodation for Festivities artists

In return, we’ll put together a package of benefits from you, reflecting the value of your kind offer.

To discuss a partnership with Portsmouth Festivities, please contact us on info@portsmouthfestivities.co.uk or call 023 9268 1390.


With over 330 events over just 10 days in 2018, we relied on a strong team of dedicated volunteers to make Portsmouth Festivities happen.

Every year we look for around 40 enthusiastic, hard-working and reliable volunteers to join our team. It’s a chance to play a part in the smooth running of all kinds of events and activities.

Here are some of the benefits:

  • Assist with event and stage management
  • Enhance your CV
  • Meet new people
  • Enjoy high quality performances
  • Support the arts in Portsmouth
  • Have fun!

If you’re passionate about the arts and keen to get involved, we’d love to hear from you.

Download the Application Form and the Terms and Conditions here:

After you have read the Terms and Conditions and filled in the application form, you can email your application to info@portsmouthfestivities.co.uk, or post it to:

Volunteering, Portsmouth Festivities, 10 High Street, Old Portsmouth, PO1 2LP

If you have any queries about volunteering with us, you can email info@portsmouthfestivities.co.uk or call 02392 681 390.

If you’re successful, we’ll expect you to attend a volunteer training event. Date to be confirmed near the Festivities.

Tell us what you think

We hope that you enjoy our festival and to gauge interest for the future years we would appreciate it if you can complete a short survey of any of the events that you have attended or taken part in. You can find the link here