Portsmouth Festivities highlights the power of FREEDOM for 2018

Today is the launch of Portsmouth Festivities, Portsmouth’s flagship multi-disciplinary arts festival. Now in its 19th year, the programme continues with a fantastic mix of concerts, talks, theatre and outdoor events planned for 10 days from June 15-24.

The theme for this year’s festival is FREEDOM and what better way to explore this than trying to escape from their very own commissioned Escape Room which will hopefully be breaking a record as the world’s smallest escape room. You could also try a spot of backwards running with three times World champion Garret Doherty. There are many other events around the Freedom theme including the showing of Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom at No6 Cinema.

Some of the Festival music highlights this year are The Tallis Scholars, Carlos Bonell, and award winning folk group RURA. We have a fabulous line-up of speakers including Peter Tatchell, Philip Hoare, Lloyd Clark and Diane Atkinson.

Renowned for their ‘phenomenal artistry’ (The Daily Telegraph), O Duo has performed across the world with their vibrant percussion and we are lucky to have the duo that will be opening the Festivities for this year.

There will be a wide range of eclectic arts events, as once again Art Space opens its doors to the public, Hotwalls Studios will be welcoming visitors to see their crafts, Kings Theatre will be celebrating a century of women winning the vote in an exhibition and Jack House Gallery is showcasing work of young local artists.

This year’s Father’s Day brings exciting activities, from creating models at the newly transformed D-Day Museum or taking part in the brilliant comical theatre Moonfall by Hikapee Circus Theatre– where dads get to go free!

As well as this there will be plenty of family events for all to enjoy throughout the ten days. Come down to Southsea Castle where you will find the Goblin Queen and her huge and ancient Dragon as part of the Dragon Quest event.

All About The Song will make a welcome return along with favourites such as Seafood on the Green and Aspex Family Saturdays. Portsmouth Festivities kicked off their exciting line up at an event at the Mary Rose Museum last night, where an audience was invited to get a taste of the upcoming programme.

Festivities Director Erica Smith said: “Freedom seemed really fitting for this year as we mark the centenary of women’s suffrage and the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela. We have over a hundred free events for people to attend this year so we are delighted that everyone should be spoilt for choice”.

Chairman of Portsmouth Festivities, James Priory had this to say: “There are going to be some novel events this year such as our specially designed Escape Room as well as our superb line up of speakers and musicians. So we hope you are able to break free and attend as many experiences as possible this summer”.

Portsmouth Festivities 2018 will run between Friday 15 and Sunday 24 June. Discover more about events taking place during Portsmouth Festivities 2018 at portsmouthfestivities.co.uk