The full programme has been unveiled for the third annual Portsmouth DarkFest. Running from 19th October to 11th November 2018, this year’s festival is made up of more than thirty events in venues across Portsmouth, Southsea and beyond. All are open to the public, and many are completely free to attend.
Portsmouth DarkFest is an annual creative and cultural festival exploring all things dark, supernatural, and sinister. Inspired the research of Dr Karl Bell and the Supernatural Cities project in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Portsmouth, the festival brings together artists, writers, performers, academics, storytellers and musicians to explore ghost stories, urban legends, crime, horror and hidden histories.
Highlights of DarkFest 2018 include:
- The Cauldron of Darkness – an evening of short plays, storytelling, film screenings and musical accompaniment in the atmospheric surroundings of Southsea Castle
- A series of free public talks on horror cinema and TV from members of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries
- The launch event for Dark Side Port Side, a new project creative project exploring the hidden histories of Portsea, supported by the Arts Council
- A Literary Mystery – an immersive and interactive exploration of the Park Building, the university’s oldest building, devised by Dr Alison Habens (CCI)
This year’s festival also includes art and writing workshops, spoken word performances, film screenings, public talks on subjects ranging from true crime to spiritualism, immersive ghost stories and even a paranormal investigation of Fort Widley on Portsdown Hill.
DarkFest is organised by a committee of volunteers from the city’s creative community, supported by staff across the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, and overseen by Dr Karl Bell.
Organisations and venues involved in this year’s programme include Aspex Gallery, T’Articulation, The Front Room, Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth Film Society, Dark Encounters events, Southsea Castle and the Kings Theatre.