We were lucky enough to attend the amazing performance by VooDoo Room at Quay Arts on Saturday night and at the end of the evening Paul Armfield shared details of the upcoming events for the following ten days.
There’s loads of live music, from rock to punk to classical and more, there are free film screenings, talks, open mic poetry, creative workshops and comedy.
Something every night
Gone are the days of the venue closing at 4pm or 5pm – the doors are now open until 10-11pm every night of the week and with something for everyone, it would be hard to not find something you’d like to pop along to.
Every night there’s Moroccan Buffet on offer from 6.30pm-9pm and of course the bar is open all day/night.
Talk, film and chat
Due to licensing restrictions and in order for the films to be screened for free (yes, for free!) they can’t be promoted online, but on Tuesday night we’ll be heading to our favourite Newport venue to hear a ‘pre-screening talk’ by Justin Smith from University of Portsmouth about a film that was mostly shot on the Isle of Wight in the 1960s and included such stars as David Essex and Ringo Starr.
Stay behind after the screening to share your memories.
Let your creative juices flow
Wednesday night sees the Wight Lines Poetry open mic night. Again, another free event with donations.
Thursday brings with it 60 Minute Creatives (from 8pm). It’s another free event where you are tasked to make/write/paint something in 60 minutes and mix with other like-minded Islanders.
On Friday Chalkpit Records will be hosting live music from Isle of Wight band, Bully Bones, with support from The Orders and Melt Dunes (making their way over from Southsea).
Starts at 8pm and tickets are just a fiver.
Free films and comedy
Free Saturday morning and matinee films return and in the evening from 8pm, Cowes Speak Mooves to Newport. Get ready for madcap comedy capers with a Guy Fawkes Theme.
Another free event with donations.
Start your Sunday (10.30am £5) listening to the wonderful Siobhan Cosgrove perform a flute recital in the gallery or head over a bit later for a lazy Sunday afternoon (from 2pm) to hear DJ Rod Jones playing his choice of music. Kick back on the sofas, read the papers and eat some cake!
The day ends with the brilliant singer/song-writer, Chris Wood. Having worked with Billy Bragg, Andy Gangadeen, Andy Cutting, Jean François Vrod and Hugh Lupton, Chris is always direct and unafraid to speak his mind. Tickets are £14 and the performance starts at 8pm.
To find out more about events taking place at Quay Arts, check Events OnTheWight.