The second Portsmouth DarkFest took place in October and November 2017 in venues across Portsmouth, Southsea and beyond. Inspired by the Supernatural Cities project at the University of Portsmouth, it was supported by The Front Room, Portsmouth Writers’ Hub and the city’s creative community. 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.
Highlights included ‘Cure or Be Cured’, an atmospheric multimedia event produced by The Front Room. Plague doctors stalked the grounds of Southsea Castle as the audience witnessed dark storytelling, musical performances and immersive theatre. The whole event was structured around a specially commissioned short film devised by director and videographer Roy Hanney (aka Dr. Lighthouse) and writer and Supernatural Cities member Eilís Phillips.
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.