Ventnor Fringe Festival

Ventnor Fringe Festival was founded in 2010 by a group of young people living in Ventnor. Taking place in the summer holidays each year, the festival has grown each year, with hundreds of acts having performed in a weird and wonderful selection of venues around the town.

“One hell of a homegrown festival….an authentic, bohemian festival experience” The Independent

In 2019 the Festival celebrates its tenth year and sees more than 300 artists from around the world descend on the town to deliver over 150 performances of 90 different shows.

“…rapidly becoming the country’s most surprising and inspirational multidisciplinary arts festival” The Sunday Times

Follow this link where the many events taking place at Ventnor Fringe 2019 will appear.

Below are the latest articles which feature the Fringe.

The Women’s Bureau of Rebellion: Stories of the mischievous, passionate and strong at secret Ventnor Fringe location

Joe Carstairs

As well as the exhibition including film, poetry, photography and installation art, the Bureau would like you to share your own stories of inspirational women by leaving notes at the exhibition. But you have to find its secret location first!

Thursday, 18th July, 2019 2:00pm

By Sally Perry

Curating 1930’s Parisian Book Bus for Ventnor Fringe a labour of love, hosts tell OnTheWight

The Book Bus

The Book Bus is one of our favourite places at the Ventnor Fringe Festival. We were interested to recently learn more about how the incredible range of books for sale are selected and more about the hosts, Jen and Tom.

Wednesday, 17th July, 2019 6:20pm

By Feature Writer

Don’t miss the many brilliant shows at next week’s Ventnor Fringe Festival

Hound of the Baskervilles poster image

There are 150 performances of over 90 shows to choose from at this year's Ventnor fringe festival, so we've shared a few highlights that are selling fast to help you choose.

Wednesday, 17th July, 2019 4:21pm

By Sally Perry

Charlie Dore, Kindred Spirit, Uncle Rust and Doozer McDooze all play Ventnor Fringe

Charlie Dore / Uncle Rust / Doozer McDooze / Kindred Spirit - all performing on stage

Isle of Wight Venue Campaign is adding to Ventnor Fringe's programme with a returning show, as well as a new show in a new venue featuring three acts!

Tuesday, 16th July, 2019 3:25pm

By Sally Perry

Ventnor Fringe returns for tenth year with over 150 performances and more ‘secret shows’

Partying at the Fringe

There really is going to be so much to see and do in Ventnor next week. Check out this quick guide from the Festival's Director - and get your tickets booked asap as some shows are selling out.

Tuesday, 16th July, 2019 9:41am

By Jack Whitewood

Don’t miss Ventnor Artists’ Collective (VAC) Summer Exhibition at Ventnor Fringe

People at opening of exhibition

The Summer Exhibition of the Ventnor Artists’ Collective promises to be a sumptuous feast for the senses and will include paintings, ceramics, textiles and the occasional live music.

Saturday, 13th July, 2019 9:12am

By Feature Writer

The Palace of Earthly Delights: For those who like their comedy satirical, outrageous and just plain bizarre

Coming to Ventnor Fringe festival - Absurd political storytelling from Max Turner Prize finalist James Harris, an original and intelligent political comic who is "growing in stature with every performance".

Wednesday, 10th July, 2019 5:03pm

By Feature Writer

New contemporary artworks at art_house_life by Louise Harris, Jo Kori and Albedo Marz

art house life montage of artworks

art_house_life once again open their doors to the public for the Ventnor Fringe Festival, with an exhibition of new artworks, talks and an electro-acoustic live performance.

Tuesday, 9th July, 2019 1:37pm

By Feature Writer

Five Tales of the Sea comes to Ventnor Fringe: One performance only – Book now

The actors from Five Tales

Starring an international opera singer and world-class pianist, 'Five Tales of the Sea' combines highest-quality musical integrity with text, poetry and fun and exciting storytelling. One performance only.

Monday, 8th July, 2019 3:43pm

By Feature Writer

Casino Moon bring eclectic sounds of folk and Americana to Ventnor

casino moon on stage

Book now to witness the energetic, addictive melodies of Casino Moon combining eclectic sounds of folk and Americana. It’s a unique sound that could leave you wanting more.

Saturday, 6th July, 2019 6:56pm

By Feature Writer

Don’t miss Tropicalia Island’s one-off performance at Ventnor Fringe Festival

Tropicalia Island

A dark comedy theatre piece about immigration, refugees and tropical corruption, Tropicalia Island brings to the stage a surreal one-woman show that challenges accents and defies reality.

Saturday, 6th July, 2019 3:29pm

By Feature Writer

What not to miss at Ventnor Fringe Festival’s tenth anniversary

champs by hollie fernando

There are loads of free things to see and do during the Ventnor Fringe, but in the meantime some ticketed shows are starting to get close to selling out, so here's a round-up of some of the best shows to see.

Sunday, 30th June, 2019 10:46am

By Sally Perry