Portsmouth DarkFest

Portsmouth DarkFest is a cultural festival that celebrates the supernatural, the weird, and urban noir. Inspired by the Supernatural Cities project at the University of Portsmouth, and working in close collaboration with Portsmouth Writers’ Hub and artists from 1000 Plateaus, the first festival ran in venues across Portsmouth and Southsea between late October and late November 2016. You can read more about the first DarkFest on the University of Portsmouth History Blog.

Halloween 2017 saw Portsmouth DarkFest return to explore all things dark, supernatural, and sinister, supported by The Front Room, Portsmouth Writers’ Hub and creatives from across the city. Between 26th October and 30th November 2017, more than thirty events took place throughout Portsmouth, Southsea and the surrounding area – all open to the public, and many free to attend.

The darkness will return in 2018! For the latest news, follow @imaginetheurban on Twitter, like Portsmouth DarkFest on Facebook, or keep checking back here.


DarkFest 2017 Highlights

The festival brought together a diverse range of artists, writers, performers, academics, storytellers and paranormal investigators to explore ghost stories, urban legends, crime, horror and history.

Celebrating creativity in Southsea and Portsmouth, events included storytelling, live music and performances, public talks, ghost walks, film screenings, plays, art exhibitions, and creative workshops.

To learn more about the events that took place in 2017, take a look at the full festival programme [PDF] – or you can browse all of the event locations using the map below.