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Democracy Street

Saturday 30 July 2016 - Thursday 25 August 2016
Cafe Guildhall, FREE

PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOU VISIT OUR EXHIBITIONS AS OPENING TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Aspex Guildhall are delighted to present ‘Democracy Street’, an ambitious work created by local artist Jon Adams. ‘Democracy Street’ comprises of a collection of posters created to celebrate the UK’s democratic heritage. The work is currently on display within Portsmouth Guildhall’s café space.

Hip Hop Politics Authority - GUILDHALL GRADUATE AWARD 2016 EXHIBITION

Saturday 30 July 2016 - Thursday 29 September 2016
Freda Swain Business Lounge, FREE.

2016 marks the presentation of the second Guildhall Graduate Award, an initiative where a graduating student from the Cultural and Creative Industries Faculty, exhibiting in the Graduate Show at the University of Portsmouth, is selected by representatives of the University and Aspex and their work is exhibited in the Guildhall throughout that summer.

Spike Edney: From Landport to Live Aid

Saturday 30 July 2016 - Wednesday 31 August 2016
The Portsmouth Music Experience Gallery, FREE.

Please note that The Portsmouth Music Experience will be closed on the following days:  Wednesday 6th April, Saturday 16th April, Saturday 23rd April, Friday 29th April and Saturday 30th April.  Originally from Portsmouth, Spike Edney’s early love of music swiftly became a successful career. This exhibition charts his progress from his first band in the 1960s, to his work with The Boomtown Rats, Duran Duran; his 30 year association with Queen, plus the launch of his all-star band, The SAS Band and more.

Guildhall: A Moment in Time

Saturday 30 July 2016 - Tuesday 09 August 2016
Portsmouth Room, FREE.

PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOU VISIT OUR EXHIBITIONS AS OPENING TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE 02393 870200. The Portsmouth Room will host a selection of archive images of the Guildhall from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Reproduced from the collections of Portsmouth Museum', highlights include the moment the Guildhall's foundation stone was laid and a visit from the future Edward VIII. We also reveal the interior of the building decorated for grand banquets and vast crowds gathering for parades and other major events.

BSO: The Orchestra for the 21st Century Exhibition

Saturday 30 July 2016 - Friday 30 September 2016
Ground Floor Exhibition, FREE.

PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOU VISIT OUR EXHIBITIONS AS OPENING TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE 02393 870200. London-based photographer Eric Richmond has worked with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra annually as part of their rebrand for the past three years. This new look which integrates the photos into the main season brochure and other publicity materials, focuses on the musicians of the BSO who are much loved by their audiences across the South and South West of England.

The Original Portsmouth Tattoo Convention

Saturday 30 July 2016 - Sunday 31 July 2016
£10 Day Ticket / £20 Full Weekend Ticket. 11am

Portsmouth's Largest Ever 2 Day Tattoo Convention For 2016 Right in the Heart of the City.

Recharge: 55+ singing workshops

Friday 05 August 2016 - Friday 30 September 2016
Singing Workshops for 55+ Fridays from April 22nd - 10am, £3

Singing makes you feel great! It exercises your heart and lungs. It can lift your mood no matter what the weather. No auditions necessary and there is no need to read music so come along and join in the feel good sessions.

Royal Marines School of Music Graduation

Saturday 06 August 2016 2pm, £13.45 including booking fee

The world famous Royal Marines School of Music return to the Guildhall in Portsmouth for their biggest and most exciting concert of the year.

Gin Festival 2016

Friday 12 August 2016 - Saturday 13 August 2016
£7.50 Including Booking Fees

The UK's largest Gin Festival returns to Portsmouth for the biggest Gin Festival that the South Coast has ever seen!

Family Sports Week

Monday 15 August 2016 - Friday 19 August 2016
10am-4pm.Tickets available at the door. £3 per session*. Morning session: 10am-1pm, afternoon session: 1pm-4pm. One free adult per paying child.

The guys at Parkwood Leisure, Moutbatten Centre and Top Banana have helped put together a programme of 5 days packed with lots of fun, sporty activities to keep the whole family entertained and healthy during the summer holidays!

Clocktower Classics Motor Show

Sunday 21 August 2016 Free Entry + Music. Guildhall Square.

Portsmouth Scene Promotions and Portsmouth Cultural Trust invite you to enjoy the free Clocktower Classics Motor Show, now in its second year!

Hypnotic Humour Show

Saturday 10 September 2016 Comedy Stage Hypnotist John Patrick, 7.45pm. The Harlequin Room. £11.50 (cash only)

Portsmouth Scene Presents Comedy Stage Hypnotist Jon Patrick.

Access to Finance & Growth 2016

Wednesday 14 September 2016 Free.

On 14th September Entrepreneurs Unite will host ACCESS TO FINANCE AND GROWTH: A full daylong event for 500 entrepreneurs designed to help YOU understand different ways of financing and growing their business and to put them in touch with industry experts.

Johnny Cash Roadshow

Thursday 15 September 2016 Doors 7pm. Tickets £20.90 / £23.10 including booking fee.

The UK’s No1 celebration of Johnny Cash, fronted by award winning singer/songwriter Clive John, re-creates with astounding accuracy and truly captures the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show!

The Jive Aces

Tuesday 20 September 2016 Doors 7pm. Tickets £15.50 including booking fee.

Having become the first ever band to reach the semi finals of Britain's Got Talent in 2012 following up with a performance for Her Majesty The Queen as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and performances for both the Olympic and Paralympic celebrations, The Jive Aces have truly established themselves as the UK's top Jive & Swing band.

The King of Pop

Wednesday 28 September 2016 Doors 7pm. Tickets £19.20 / £23.60 / £36.80 VIP Meet & Greet including booking fee & restoration levy.

Navi is regarded as the world’s No.1 MJ tribute artist and was hand-picked by Michael himself as his official body double.  Michael also hired Navi to perform at two of his birthday parties where he gave him a standing ovation and described his performance as “Incredible”.

EVOLVE: Family Workshop 3

Saturday 01 October 2016 FREE // The Evolve Family workshops are specialist creative sessions for children with autism and SEN and their families.

The Evolve Family workshops are specialist creative sessions for children with autism and SEN and their families. The sessions are led by practising artists and supported by an occupational therapist. Sessions run from 1.30-3pm.

The Milton Glee Choir

Sunday 02 October 2016 3pm, £14.20, £12.75, £9.40, £9.25, £6.50

Come along to Portsmouth Guildhall on a Sunday afternoon and enjoy our Autumn concert. This concert will be sure to lift your spirits and evoke wonderful memories.

Jamie T

Monday 03 October 2016 £28 including booking fee & levy. 7pm.

Back with a new album, Jamie T comes to Portsmouth Guildhall on the Trick Tour 2016

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Power and Glory

Wednesday 05 October 2016 Doors 7pm, £31.25, £25.75, £22.50, £20.50, £16.00 including booking fee and restoration levy

Walton’s First Symphony was a landmark of English composition and represents the peak of his symphonic thinking. Its turbulent emotions and high-voltage energy were the fruit of tempestuous events surrounding Walton at the time. After an eloquent, dramatic first movement, a stinging, malicious Scherzo and a truly melancholic slow movement, the finale is totally different in outlook – an almost Elgarian ceremonial jubilation, as if a cloud has lifted.

Gala Dinner

Thursday 06 October 2016 In aid of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Portsmouth Cultural Trust. 7pm-midnight

We hope you will join us for a memorable evening in aid of two charities that support the Portsmouth community. The Portsmouth Cultural Trust manages the iconic Guildhall and in addition to maintaining this local landmark it also provides free and subsidised events; ensuring everyone has the opportunity to experience the benefits of the Arts. The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity supports the naval community, many of whom live in Portsmouth. Every year they provide funding to military charities which care for the children, families and veterans of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

SIGMA - The Big Mutiny Festival Reunion

Saturday 08 October 2016 - Sunday 09 October 2016
£17 including booking fee & levy. 9pm

Sigma return to Portsmouth with a DJ set for a Mutiny Festival's big reunion party.

Benyounes Quartet

Monday 10 October 2016 £17, £15, £81.60, £72 including booking fee and restoration levy

The Portsmouth Cultural Trust is delighted to introduce this season’s Portsmouth Chamber Music Series, in partnership with Music in the Round, the University of Portsmouth and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy an evening of chamber music in the intimate and rather unusual setting of the Portsmouth Guildhall stage (see image below)

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

Friday 14 October 2016 - Friday 23 December 2016
Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £17 advance / £20.30 on the door including booking fee and restoration levy.

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club presents the best in live stand-up at The Guildhall in Portsmouth. They bring you comedians off the telly from such shows as BBC2's Mock The Week, Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats and BBC1's Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

Professor Brian Cox Live

Saturday 15 October 2016 Doors 7.00pm. Tickets £33, Premium Tickets £44 including booking fee.

Brian Cox will take audiences on a dazzling journey through space and time, delving into ‘high science’ and freewheeling on the edges of the known cosmos. Get up close and personal with the man himself with an interview hosted by his The Infinite Monkey Cage co-host Robin Ince.

Level 42: Sirens II Tour

Tuesday 18 October 2016 £30.80 including booking fee

Following on from the very successful Sirens shows of 2014 and 2015, Level 42 have today announced that they will be hitting the road once again in October 2016 for a tour of the UK in support of their new ‘Sirens II’ EP. Starting in Llandudno on the 3rd October the tour will play a further 19 shows, culminating at London’s Eventim Apollo on 29th October and will see the band play a host of their greatest hits as well as new material from the Sirens II EP.

The Australian Pink Floyd Show

Thursday 20 October 2016 Venue Open 6pm (cafe and bar), Auditorium doors 7pm. Tickets £31.35-£43.45 incl BF.

Selling 4 million tickets worldwide and described by The Times as “The Gold Standard” and The Daily Mirror as “The Kings of the Genre”, The Australian Pink Floyd Show gave its first ever concert in Adelaide, Australia in 1988. Since then, they have performed in over 35 countries worldwide; played at David Gilmour’s 50th birthday celebration and were even joined on stage by Rick Wright. TAPFS is the leading and biggest show of its kind in the world.

Shane Filan

Saturday 22 October 2016 - Saturday 22 October 2016
Doors 6.30pm, Meet and Greet £195.50, Standard £55.50, £36.25 including booking fee and restoration levy

Westlife frontman Shane Filan has announced the second leg of his major indoor UK tour for October 2016, including the Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday 22nd October. In the wake of the huge success of both his ‘Right Here Tour’ in early 2016 and the ‘Right Here’ album the Irish pop sensation will be giving fans the opportunity to see him perform Westlife favourites as well as his own recent tracks.

THE MUSICAL BOX (Peter Gabriel-Authorised Genesis Tribute) recreates ‘Selling England by the Pound’

Monday 24 October 2016 £51.15 (golden tickets) £36.25 incl. booking fee & restoration levy.

‘THE MUSICAL BOX is The Exclusive, Authorised by PETER GABRIEL Recreation of GENESIS … using original production sets, props projection, lights provided by GENESIS. To prog fans everywhere, THESE PERFORMANCES are revered as the original GENESIS tours from 40 years ago, meticulously recreated by THE MUSICAL BOX under exclusive license from GENESIS. No ‘so-called tribute’ on earth is afforded this type of privilege, license, access to original tech specs AND support from the original band.’

Jamie Lawson

Wednesday 26 October 2016 Doors 7pm. Tickets £19.80 including booking fee.

Last year, Jamie was announced as the first signing to Ed Sheeran’s own label Gingerbread Man Records. In the whirlwind that followed, Jamie toured with Ed across the world, went from playing to 150 people at London’s Barfly to supporting One Direction on their final full UK arena tour. His self-titled album, released in October 2015, reached #1 in the UK and has sold over a quarter of a million copies worldwide. Furthermore, his juggernaut single Wasn’t Expecting That has to date sold over 400k copies in the UK. 

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