Portsmouth Festivities gets ‘loved up’ for its 20th Anniversary and receives Arts Council Support

2019 marks the 20th Anniversary of Portsmouth Festivities. Portsmouth Festivities 2019 will run from Friday 14 until Sunday 23 June.

This year, Portsmouth Festivities are delighted to celebrate their 20th year of bringing rich heritage and a thriving cultural scene to the city of Portsmouth. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the theme of their festival this year is TWENTY. Portsmouth Festivities are expressing their love for the city by inviting members of the community to their free closing event, which promises to be a night to remember.

The evening will premiere contemporary interpretations of Pablo Neruda’s 20 Love Poems and a Song of Despair. In partnership with Portsmouth Poetry the line-up is some of the UK’s most talented and emerging artists, including Greg Mosse, Connor Macleod, and Emily Priest. Egg and Spoon Films and The Urban Vocal Group will also be contributing by producing films and music respectively.

The 20 Love event has been lucky enough to receive a crucial financial boost in the shape of an Arts Council England grant. This generous grant has helped fund this ambitious project, which will bring people together with the power of poetry.

“We are thrilled that the Arts Council has recognised the importance of this project and it is exciting to have this premiere to close the festival this year “, states Erica. “We have a great line up of over 100 events which take place over 10 days this June, 70% of which are free. The 20 Love project will culminate in a vibrant multi-arts community event.”

Members of the public will be invited to get involved by sending in their love poems and selected entries will be portrayed throughout the evening.

This event will take place on 23rd June at 8 pm on Governor’s Green, Portsmouth. Even though this event is free, a ticket is still required for entry.

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