To celebrate 20 years of Portsmouth Festivities, we bring you the world premiere 20 Love. In partnership with Portsmouth Poetry, we bring contemporary interpretations of Pablo Neruda’s Twenty Love Poems and A Song of Despair, which explore the universal experience of love, loss, regret and disappointment. Lovingly linked to our 20th Anniversary theme, this event will showcase modern versions of the poems in spoken word, film and music by artists Greg Mosse, The Urban Vocal Group, Egg and Spoon Films, Connor Macleod and Emily Priest.
Supported by Arts Council England grant
2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the Portsmouth Festivities. It has been wonderful to look back on the fantastic events presented by the festival over the last twenty years, and to celebrate, our theme this year is ‘Twenty’. We’re paying homage to the festival’s extraordinary history with a programme that explores Portsmouth’s past and looks to its future, with new faces at the festival including The Cardinall’s Musick, award-winning restaurant critic Jay Rayner, and Estonian folk sensation Mari Kalkun. We’re also welcoming back performers who have gone on to achieve acclaim in the years since, such as cellist Guy Johnston and organist James Davy, as well as the internationally renowned chamber choir Tenebrae. All this and a host of workshops, exhibitions, talks, and shows continue to raise Portsmouth’s reputation as a centre for the creative and cultural arts. Wherever you are in twenty years’ time, you can be sure you won’t have forgotten this year’s Portsmouth Festivities.
Parking may be permitted in The Portsmouth Grammar School
Gated entrance from the street
Refreshments available and Limited Free Parking is available via main entrance to The Portsmouth Grammar School