Artists celebrate longer days with displays across Portsmouth

Students from Nescot College theatre company 'Nexus' performing in''last year's Lost Hour event.
Students from Nescot College theatre company 'Nexus' performing in''last year's Lost Hour event.
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Venues across Portsmouth will host a series of events to celebrate the clocks going back this autumn.

The Found Hour, which is part of the National Family Arts Festival, is a programme of activities taking place across the city on October 24.

The aim of the programme is to celebrate the extra hour gained when the clocks go back the following day.

The programme will see many of the city’s venues open their doors for visitors to attend tours, workshops, exhibitions and performances.

Most of these events will be free for the public.

The Found Hour is a reinvention of the annual The Lost Hour programme, which has taken place in Portsmouth for the last six years.

The project was founded by creative learning manager at the New Theatre Royal, Nic Williams, along with her colleague Bernie Byrnes.

The pair are hoping that this year’s programme will be an even bigger success.

‘The Found Hour is a family event where everybody is welcome,’ said Ms Williams.

‘There is such an eclectic mix of events taking place. There is most definitely something for everyone.’

Ms Williams believes the activities during The Found Hour will help unite the people of Portsmouth.

‘Not only does it bring the arts community together but it reminds people of the great cultural city that Portsmouth is,’ she added.

The Found Hour is coinciding with a number of events happening for the relaunch of The New Theatre Royal on October 15.

Ms Williams said: ‘We hope The Found Hour will be a great success and promote both The New Theatre Royal relaunch and the other arts organisations around Ports-mouth.

‘We urge the public to get involved and be part of the amazing arts community we have in the city.’

For more information about The Found Hour and to see the full programme of events, visit