From dancers to a dragon at Guildhall Square

Sam Cox, local poet, will be at the Funky Town Fest.
Sam Cox, local poet, will be at the Funky Town Fest.
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The city centre will come alive as it plays host to a street theatre and carnival arts festival.

Guildhall Square in Portsmouth will come alive tomorrow as it plays host to a street theatre and carnival arts festival.

Portsmouth Cultural Trust has organised Funky Town Fest that will run in the heart of the city tomorrow from 10.30am-5pm.

The festival covers a wide area and has been separated into different sections.

Each section has a whole host of all-day events that will keep the entire family entertained.

One of the main highlights will be locally-based dance company Distraction Dance who will perform in the main arena.

Taking centre stage will be a 30ft long, 15ft high fire and smoke-breathing dragon that will be accompanied by the steel pan playing of Dragon Heart Beat.

Also in the main arena will be the world-famous African Gandini Jugglers, who will perform a variety of routines to music that originates from Ethiopia.

Next to Drift Bar will be the busking corner, where you will have the chance to listen to live acoustic music.

Steel Strum, Alex Higgins, The Scandal and other acts will perform there. Each act will compete to win the Portsmouth Top Pigeon trophy.

For those who love literature there will be a poetry corner that will be presented by Sam Cox. Sam is an NTR associate and a local poet.

For children there is a special area where they can watch the Bonkers Balloon show that comes from sell-out shows at the Shakespeare London Globe.

For those who want to have a go, there will also be balloon modelling workshops followed by circus sessions from Top Banana.

Lovers of the hit Disney film Frozen can see Anna take to the stage with Manic Stage Productions and perform a small routine.

Arts and crafts can also be found and children will be able to make a model of the fire-breathing dragon on display.

Finally, throughout the day the festival will play host to carnival parades with colourful costumes.

The carnival will be supported by the Big Noise Samba band and Street Force dance club.

Street food and drink will be available throughout the event. For a full programme and more information visit