After 20 years of being Portsmouth Festivities, the cultural festival is rebranding to Ports Fest.

With the festival’s ever evolving reputation in the city, it was time to refresh the look and name to be on trend and expand on the offering to the public. Ports Fest has been a well-known abbreviation for the festival for many years as the festival hashtag.

In the past the festival has been grateful to host hundreds of well-known artists, speakers, and authors, as well as involving thousands of local community residents, groups and school pupils. They have created fun thematic programmes to get the public involved with, such as Play Code City, The World’s Smallest Escape Room and 20 Love.

Although the 2020 festival had to be cancelled, this gave the chance to reflect on work and think about ways to deliver an outdoor weekend festival in 2021 that will involve as many young people and as much of the Portsmouth community as possible.

The dates for this year’s festival will be 2nd – 4th July and the theme for this year “Remember, Reimagine, Reset”.

Ports Fest will be launching the programme for this year’s festival in May. The festival remains aware of the current restrictions and will always adhere to these forms of guidance locally and nationally, keeping everyone’s health and safety at the main core of this festival going ahead.

“Our priority is to work around the stipulations in order to keep absolutely everyone safe. In light of this we are keeping positive that we will be able to deliver Ports Fest this summer. By then we will all need some live arts and cultural sustenance” Erica Smith, Festival Director.

In these unprecedented times, the hope is to bring the community some fun filled events for all to enjoy this Summer. With future planning for the return to a fuller programme for 2022.

Head to the new website www.portsfest.co.uk to find out more on what Ports Fest do and will continue to provide to the community of Portsmouth and the surrounding areas.