Portsmouth Festivities cultural festival to be rebranded as Ports Fest

ORGANISERS of an annual cultural festival in the city have rebranded the event and say they hope it can take place this summer.

Friday, 5th February 2021, 7:00 am
Updated Friday, 5th February 2021, 5:14 pm
The Multi-Story Orchestra were due to perform in Isambard Kingdom Brunel Car Park last year but ithe event was cancelled

The Portsmouth Festivities has been been welcoming visitors across the city for more than 20 years and organisers have now decided to rebrand the event as Ports Fest - the name by which the festival had already become affectionately known by regular visitors.

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Past festivals have played host to hundreds of well-known artists, speakers and authors, as well as involving thousands of local community residents, groups and school pupils.

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Last year’s festival had to be cancelled due to the Covid pandemic but organisers are hopeful this year’s event will be able to go ahead.

Festival director Erica Smith said: ‘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.

‘We will be launching the programme for this year’s festival in May. Please be assured that 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.’

The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Remember Reimagine Reset’ with the event currently scheduled to take place between July 2 and 4.

Further details can be found on the Ports Fest website.

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