Funky Town Festival a huge success in Portsmouth

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A SEA of culture from around the world saturated the city thanks to the Funky Town Festival.

The event, which took place on Saturday, was held to promote street theatre and carnival art.

142812_FUNKY_27/9/14''Alex Higgins. ''Funky Town Fest, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142812-935) PPP-140928-105753003

142812_FUNKY_27/9/14''Alex Higgins. ''Funky Town Fest, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142812-935) PPP-140928-105753003

Thousands of people made their way to Guildhall Square to watch various groups and musicians sing, dance and perform.

It included the African Gandini Jugglers, the New Theatre Royal dancers and the Big Noise Samba Band.

Becky Conway, 40, from Southsea, was there with her husband Steve and children Sia, six, and Lola, four.

She said: ‘I just thought we would come down and see what there is to do.

142812_FUNKY_27/9/14''(l-r) Sia Conway and Lola Conway with their paper dragons. ''Funky Town Fest, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142812-466) PPP-140928-105709003

142812_FUNKY_27/9/14''(l-r) Sia Conway and Lola Conway with their paper dragons. ''Funky Town Fest, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142812-466) PPP-140928-105709003

‘It’s really good. There are lots of people here and lots of nice things to do.

‘The girls love seeing all the street dancing and the drums.

‘It looks like it’s been a success.

‘It’s good to support the city we live in.’

142812_FUNKY_27/9/14''Funky Town Fest, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142812-915) PPP-140928-105742003

142812_FUNKY_27/9/14''Funky Town Fest, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142812-915) PPP-140928-105742003

Alison Watson, 40, from Southsea, brought her two children Ewan, six, and Isla, three.

She said: ‘The children love watching live music and dancing.

‘We’ve been to lots of things here and they always enjoy joining in. What I have noticed is there’s a real cross-section of ages.

‘The ones we have been to before are aimed at younger people which is fine, but it’s nice that this is for all ages.’

The festival also featured a 30ft long, 15ft high fire and smoke-breathing dragon, which was made out of wheel hubcaps and recycled materials. There was also a poetry corner and some sites for buskers to perform.

And there were workshops where children could make their own dragon masks.

John Sackett, from the firm Big Adventures, organised the event on behalf of the Portsmouth Cultural Trust.

He said: ‘What we are trying to do is regenerate and restimulate Guildhall Square by putting on events that have a really strong community focus in the area but also have that dash of excitement that you get when you put in artists and acts of national repute.

‘People have had a whale of a time.

‘All the comments I have received have been really favourable.

‘We want to do this again. We are bringing back to the centre of Portsmouth an event which has a community focus, a tremendous amount of energy – the kinds of things that anybody in Portsmouth can get involved in.

‘We are giving people the opportunity to have smiles on their faces and realise they are a part of this.’