Summer Showcase for Spain

The University of Portsmouth music ensembles will perform at the New Theatre Royal on Saturday 19 May ahead of their Spanish tour.

Every two years the music ensembles at the University of Portsmouth go on tour to a European country, performing four concerts in a variety of venues. This year they are visiting Figueres in Catalonia, Spain.

Concerts are often full and our students enjoy the hospitality extended by locals. On one memorable occasion in Slovenia a local butcher held an impromptu barbecue for the 70 or so members because there was no restaurant in his village.

On another occasion the choir performed to a huge crowd at the Zwickau Town Hall celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of the famous composer Schumann. Being part of such a momentous occasion certainly left an indelible memory on the students. In fact, since tour was introduced in 2004, alumni would often come back and join the ensembles for the week-long trip.

“Our students really gel during this week and ha…

In the merry month of May

As the temperature dips and rises, check out some indoors and outdoors events coming up.
Dara O’Briain, one of the most recognisable faces on British TV, goes back to his day job as a world class stand up comedian. Dara will be at the King’s Theatre stage on 11 and 12 May with his show ‘Voice Of Reason’.

Celebrate Yarn Shop Day on Saturday 12 May at Seeded in Winter Road in conjunction with Let’s Knit Magazine. There are many classes coming up at Seeded, including a calligraphy taster with Mary Noble on 17 May.

Between 14 and 16 May join Portsmouth’s third Pint of Science, an international festival where scientists give talks on their research at your local pubs.

On Friday 18 May, at 7pm, No.6 Cinema will host a screening of projects, created by final year students from a variety of courses at the University including Film Industries, and Media Studies.

Portsmouth Film Society has announced its 5th Green Film Festival programme which will take place on 22 to 24 May in the Eldon Bui…

Portsmouth Green Film Festival

Portsmouth Film Society has announced its 5th Green Film Festival programme which will take place on 22 to 24 May in the Eldon Building, University of Portsmouth.

Part of a worldwide movement to highlight environmental issues through film, festival organisers have selected three films that touched different aspects of our world.

The festival launches with the screening of Embrace, a film that tackles the global issue of body image and screened with the support of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industry which is concerned with the impact the related fashion industry has on the overall wellbeing issue.

Is there something we can do to ensure the survival of important food plants? The film Seed follows passionate seed keepers who are keen to ensure the survival of our food varieties. Before the screening, people can also hear a short talk by Dr Rocio Perez-Barrales, senior lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Portsmouth.

Tackling hard issues isn’t always ea…

I Am Only Human After All film premiere

Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) continues to deliver on its mission to help break down social barriers and unite diverse cultures with the premieres of four short films on 30 May at the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth.

Portsmouth citizens from all backgrounds have come together to tell their stories. Many people will be able to identify with the difficult subjects of these films; homelessness, substance misuse and recovery, disability and multiculturalism. Whether they have experience of these topics themselves, or only in passing, PFS hopes that projects like these will encourage discussion amongst their viewers.

These short films are the result of a 20-week course held at the University of Portsmouth where participants were introduced to all aspects of film-making including script writing, casting, directing, filming and editing. They then became the producers, directors, screenwriters and actors in their own films. The program also included lectures by local film makers and an inspira…

University announces new partnership with Portsmouth Football Club

The University of Portsmouth is delighted to announce that it will be signing a three-year deal to become Portsmouth Football Club’s Main Partner, building on our successful year as the Football Club’s Official Education sponsor.
In August 2017 the University partnered with the Football Club on mutually-beneficial projects to give our students valuable work experience, internships and placements at the Club. The University wants to strengthen its existing partnership with Portsmouth Football Club to further cement our commitment to the economic, educational and cultural life of our city and the region.

University of Portsmouth Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Galbraith, said: “As the leading university in England for sports science it is a natural fit for us to work together with Portsmouth Football Club. We are ambitious for the success of the University, Portsmouth Football Club and our great city. Education is the foundation of a prosperous community and by working together we can…

Faslane coming to The Spring

As the CND and its iconic peace symbol turn 60 and the renewal of Trident gears up, Jenna Watt’s seminal work Faslane – an unpicking of the conversations centred around the Scottish home of the UK’s nuclear arsenal – continues to be increasingly relevant.

Don’t miss your chance to see the multi award-winning show about what it means to understand both sides of the debate: the Edinburgh Festival Fringe First winning Faslane, written and performed by Jenna Watt, is coming to The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre this month.

With family employed at Faslane all her life and friends protesting at the gates, Jenna Watt (How You Gonna Live Your Dash, Flâneurs) explores what happens when the personal and political collide. Faslane is Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde, situated just 34 miles outside Glasgow, home to the UK's nuclear missile program: Trident. Drawing upon interviews with individuals at the front line of the nuclear debate and featuring an immersive sound design by Kim Moo…

Delia's crab rostis

Crabs are back in season and this is the best recipes I have found and made time and time again. The recipe is by Delia Smith and I have adjusted the crab meat measurement to what you can find in the supermarket or local shop.

170 g mixed prepared crab meat
salt and freshly milled black pepper
150 g firm waxy potatoes
1 slightly rounded tablespoon of capers, drained and chopped (or, if they're very small, left whole)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon grated lime zest
2 spring onions, finely chopped (including the green parts)
2 pinches cayenne pepper
1 heaped tablespoon chopped fresh coriander or parsley
groundnut oil for frying

First put the unpeeled potatoes in a saucepan with boiling water and salt, and simmer them for exactly 10 minutes.

Meanwhile measure out the rest of the ingredients, except the groundnut oil, into a mixing bowl and mix together thoroughly. When the potatoes are cooked, drain them and as soon as they are cool enough to handle, peel off the skins and…