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ARTISTS and storytellers can get their work seen by Portsmouth residents as the city’s Big Screen is used to continue the Space City celebration.

The Portsmouth Festivities, with scientists, astronauts and celebrations, may have finished, but Portsmouth City Council will screen space-inspired pictures and short stories at Guildhall Square on July 23-24.

The stories, which must be a maximum of 140 characters long, and the pictures, can be sent by text to 81333, starting the message ‘SCR POR’.

The closing date is July 16.

Other Big Screen events this month include the British Grand Prix, which will be beamed live from Silverstone, on Sunday.

From Thursday, July 14, to Saturday, July 17, the screen will show the Open Championship golf, and on Friday, July 22, youngsters aged 10-12 from Portsmouth schools will be able to take part in the School Sports Skill Challenge.

They will take part in 12 Olympics and Paralympics-based activities in 60 minutes.

The top 20 athletes and top three schools will win prizes.

From 10am-6.45pm on Saturday, July 23, and 11am-4pm on Sunday, July 24, the screen will broadcast the London 2012 Open Weekend.

Films to be shown include Chariots of Fire and the first official outdoor screening of the Tate Movie project’s The Itch of the Golden Nit!, developed by children and produced by the creators of Wallace and Gromit.

Visitors will also be able to play London 2012 interactive games. Other activities will include zumba, face painting, live music, dancing, boxing and tennis.