Portsmouth Festivities gets funding of more than £27,600

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THE story of boatbuilding in Portsmouth will be presented through a dance show that has received a cash boost.

An Arts Council England grant of £27,613 has been given to the Portsmouth Festivities for its project called The Seafarers.

The show is in partnership with the south coast branch of the International Boatbuilding Training College and National Museum of the Royal Navy, with support from Portsmouth Grammar School.

It is being led by the Stopgap Dance Company.

Samantha Worsey, associate producer of the Festivities, said: ‘We’re delighted Arts Council England has recognised the importance of this project.

‘The Seafarers will be a fantastic highlight of the summer cultural calendar in Portsmouth.

‘It also represents the opportunity to create more activities in the city for people with additional needs or disabilities.

‘We’re proud to be a part of this worthwhile project.’

The Festivities run from Friday, June 19, to Sunday, June 28.

There will be two evening performances of The Seafarers at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on June 27 and June 28.

To find out more about the events taking place throughout the week, and for details on when you can buy tickets, visit portsmouthfestivities.co.uk