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DarkFest 2019

Back for its fourth year, Portsmouth DarkFest is an annual festival encompassing everything gloomy and mysterious.

Portsmouth DarkFest is BACK for its fourth year!

DarkFest is an annual creative and cultural festival exploring all things dark, supernatural, and sinister, inspired by the work of Dr Karl Bell and University of Portsmouth’s Supernatural Cities project. 

The festival brings together artists, writers, performers, academics, storytellers and musicians to explore ghost stories, urban legends, crime, horror and hidden histories. This year Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries is represented by William Sutton, Dr Tom Sykes, Dr Alison Habens and Amanda Garrie as well as the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences being represented by Dr Brad Beaven and Eilis Phillips.

This year, DarkFest runs from Monday 21st October to Sunday 10th November. Alongside some established favourites like Dark Songs, events will include spooky storytelling, art workshops, public talks, immersive theatre, film screenings and much more. There will also be the staging of a new play, Scattering Salt, and a writers workshop with author Anna Mazzola. The festival will also include events linked to the culmination of two projects that are currently running in the city, Dark Side Port Side and the transmedia Snow Witch project. 

Check out the short film below, which was made as part of DarkFest 2018! 

Check out the University linked events below!


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