Creative Island

The Isle of Wight has a rich history of incredible creative talent. Home to famous poets, writers and photographers in the Victorian age, the talent is still strong today.

From artists and photographers to poets, theatre groups, live music and more, there is always something cultural to report on or feature. If we’ve written about it, this is where you’ll find it.

Tim Arnold raising cash for WellChildUK at Ventnor Fringe

tim arnold

Tim Arnold has been compared to David Bowie by another rock legend, Iggy Pop. That's quite an accolade, so why not book your tickets now to see whether you agree. All profits from the gig will go to WellChildUK.

Monday, 27th June, 2016 7:00pm

By Luke Richards

Still got your EU Referendum Poll Card? See what it could become

david cameron on poll card

If you still have your EU Referendum Poll Card, Isle of Wight artist, Rachael Berry would love to have it for a series of small paintings she's doing. Can you help?

Monday, 27th June, 2016 5:16pm

By Sally Perry

Voices of the Isle of Wight open Ryde Arts Festival

Voices of the Isle of Wight

Singers with the Voices of the Isle of Wight choir put on a great performance on Friday evening for the opening event of the Ryde Arts Festival. Read on to see impression they left on Jonathan Dodd.

Monday, 27th June, 2016 4:19pm

By Jonathan Dodd

Ryde Arts Festival 2016 in full swing – what will you see?

Ryde Arts Festival

Today (Saturday) offers a great range of events taking place as part of the 2016 Ryde Arts Festival.

Saturday, 25th June, 2016 10:34am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Paul Armfield shares his hopes and aspirations for Quay Arts

quay arts

The new man at the helm of Quay Arts sets out his hopes and aims for the Isle of Wight's only arts centre. Exciting times are ahead for the Quay and we can't wait to see what the next six months bring.

Saturday, 18th June, 2016 10:25am

By Paul Armfield with 14 readers' comments

Rhythmtree Festival returns to the Isle of Wight

Rhythmtree tickets

With a reputation for bringing together a diverse, rich mix of high quality music and family entertainment, now in its seventh year, Rhythmtree Festival 2016 promises to be the best yet.

Wednesday, 15th June, 2016 11:10am

By Feature Writer

Ryde Arts Festival 2016: Ten days of art, poetry, music and much more

Pier at night

The 2016 Ryde Arts Festival (23rd June to 3rd July) promises ten days of wonderful art, live music, poetry, comedy, puppetry and much, much more. Make sure you check out what's on with our handy guide.

Thursday, 9th June, 2016 9:44pm

By Feature Writer

Meet the creators of DI Dylan at Newport book signing

Carol and Bob Bridgestock, aka RC Bridgestock of DI Dylan fame.

You can meet Carol and Bob Bridgestock, aka RC Bridgestock of DI Dylan fame at Waterstones in Newport on Saturday morning.

Wednesday, 8th June, 2016 3:16pm

By Carol Bridgestock

Inspire your kids during Children’s Art Week with the help of Quay Arts

Quay Arts delivers once again, offering not one, but two opportunities to inspire your kids over the next couple of weeks as part of Children’s Art Week. Both events are free and should be great fun.

Tuesday, 7th June, 2016 8:28pm

By Tayla Smith

Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra concert promises to be end of season party

IWSO Trombone players

Book now to experience the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra perform their end of season concert at Medina Theatre on 2nd July.

Tuesday, 7th June, 2016 8:10pm

By Tim Isard

Bestival 2016: Head to The Amphitheatre for off-the-wall entertainment

Bestival Amphitheatre

The Amphitheatre is one of our favourite places at Bestival. There's always such a great variety of spoken word, comedy, theatre and downright silliness, all neatly tucked away under the canopy of the luscious forest.

Friday, 3rd June, 2016 3:10pm

By Aidan Byrne with one comment

The Creating Waves radio competition returns for a second year


If you can make a 30-second radio ad script that wows the judges, you could end up with a placement at media and entertainment group, Global, as well as bolstering your portfolio.

Friday, 3rd June, 2016 9:49am

By Corrine Card