Let the fun begin! Portsmouth Festivities start

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TODAY is the start of a 10-day festival celebrating Portsmouth’s arts, culture and heritage.

TODAY is the start of a 10-day festival celebrating Portsmouth’s arts, culture and heritage.

Portsmouth Festivities is a celebration of what the city has to offer and it kicks off with a recital by Ed Fry.

Ed won last year’s Portsmouth Festivities Recital Prize and will perform at Portsmouth Grammer School this evening.

But music is just one part of the festival.

Spice Island will be having an art trail on June 23 which will incorporate different types of art from local artists.

There will also be a range of talks from politics to literature.

For the family, there is a list of activities including a workshop to speak like a sailor at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard and a morning feeding the fish at the Blue Reef Aquarium.

Samantha Worsley, general manager of the Portsmouth Festivities, said: ‘We have been busy getting things organised but I am really looking forward to it.

‘We have made some changes this year and I think it will make for a good 10 days.

‘We have added some events to make it fun for everyone and for the whole family to enjoy.

‘We have a couple of things which stand our for me this year.

‘One is a group of hip-hop dancers, Breakin’ Convention, coming to Gunwharf Quays.

‘They will be performing and offering tips at a workshop which should be really good.

‘Also, the art trail on Spice Island is something different and I don’t think we have an art trail in the city at the moment.

‘But there is so much going on over the ten days.’

On the final day of the Portsmouth Festivities, on June 30, a carnival will be held.

The festival is set to take over Castle Field, Southsea, and a range of stalls and workshops will be available.

Live music will also be supplied by the Eastney Cellars to sign off the festival for another year.

Festivities timetable