We Shine Portsmouth – a free art and light festival – is coming to our city in just two weeks. From Thursday 18th – Saturday 20th November 2021, you’ll be able to see local and national artists take to the streets for 3 nights of art and light installations. The event will include huge painted murals, large-scale light installations, dance performances, a lantern parade, and much more. So get on your winter woollies, plan your trail and see the city as you’ve never seen it before.
Be in awe of Ship of the Gods by national artists Heinrich and Palmer; a huge 3D reimagining of Norse Myth Skidbladnir brought to life in Saint Marys Church, Fratton.
Visit the heart-warming Pompey Heroes project at the Aspex Gallery by Portsmouth-based photographer Olufemi Olaiya; presented as a digital projection shining a light on many of the brave local key workers that worked tirelessly at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Stop by Thomas Buckley’s interactive Butterflies (Astoria Wall, Guildhall Walk); reflecting the hopes and experiences of young people in Portsmouth and soak up the mystical atmosphere in Victoria Park after dark.
You’ll also be able to pick up a host of locally made gifts at the We Create Market. The pop-up market will take place inside the old Sainsbury’s building near Commercial Road. Known for using unused urban spaces, the market organisers have chosen this space to follow their series of events at Southsea’s Debenhams last year. The Underground Skatepark Project has loaned the space to We Create Markets before they start converting the building into an indoor skatepark.
The market will be brimming with local creators selling an abundance of arts, crafts, and local goods. It is the perfect place to pick up gifts and support local makers, designers and artists while soaking up the buzzy atmosphere. Open for late-night shopping from 5-9pm on the Thursday and Friday and from midday-9pm on the Saturday, it’s the perfect place to stop by and shop local in time for Christmas.
Alongside this there will be huge painted murals, large-scale light installations including some from nationally recognised light artists, dance performances, a lantern parade from Fratton Big Local, and much more to see as you stroll across the city.
The start of the festival coincides with the annual Commercial Road Christmas light switch-on.
We Shine Portsmouth is supported by Arts Council England thanks to National Lottery investment. The team at Portsmouth Creates, the arts group behind the event and the Create Market said;
“We can’t wait for We Shine Portsmouth. Our mission is to bring community and culture together in the city so this cultural event will be the perfect way to showcase Portsmouth in a whole new light! We’re working with a fantastic host of people including Arts Council England, The University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth City Council and the team behind Victorious Festival to create the event and we really hope it becomes an annual event for the people of Portsmouth and beyond to enjoy.”