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.

Ryde Arts Festival present the Four Quartets this Friday

musical notes

Ryde Arts Festival presents the first performance of Four Quartets written by composers working from poems celebrating the Island written by members of Isle of Wight Stanza Poetry group.

Tuesday, 23rd May, 2017 10:32am

By Feature Writer

Crowdfunder: Be part of Steampunk Webseries

steampunk poster cropped

The Last Airship Steampunk Webseries will tell the story of Lupo and Volpa, as they attempt to prove that airships can compete with high powered steamships when crossing the Atlantic.

Friday, 19th May, 2017 9:28am

By Sally Perry

‘You’re having a laugh!’ Or will be tonight if you head to Quay Arts

Michael Frankland comedy

If you haven't made plans for tonight, gather your friends and head to Qua Arts for an evening of comedy.

Friday, 19th May, 2017 8:35am

By Tayla Smith

Kashmir Cafe announce their Isle of Wight Festival line-up


The Kashmir Cafe at Isle of Wight Festival is vital to the keeping their doors open. This year the lineup is as a good as ever, with some extra special bits too.

Saturday, 13th May, 2017 11:19am

By Doug Alldred

Enjoy this kaleidoscopic view of the Mille Miglia at Quay Arts

Stirling Moss

In a multi-media lecture combining photographs, film, songs, and quotations from writers and poets Libby Horner offers a kaleidoscopic view of the cars and characters involved in the Mille Miglia race.

Friday, 12th May, 2017 6:20pm

By Carolyn Power

Ventnor International Festival: Childhood, Dead Pretties and Champs join the line-up


One of the most exciting new bands, Childhood, will be performing with a full nine piece band at this year's Ventnor International festival, alongside Dead Pretties, CHAMPS and more.

Friday, 12th May, 2017 8:59am

By Jack Whitewood

Fairweather Festival aims to ‘squash the mental health stigma’

callum fairweather

A one-day not-for-profit family music festival is planned for Saturday 2nd September, organised to raise awareness and funds for mental health charity, Mind. Tickets go on sale next month.

Thursday, 11th May, 2017 6:46am

By Callum Fairweather

The legendary Monochrome Set head to Quay Arts this Friday

monochrome set 1984

The Monochrome Set were highly regarded and hugely influential in the post punk era of the late 70s and 80s. See them play live at Quay Arts this Friday night, with support from The Orders.

Tuesday, 9th May, 2017 12:17pm

By Tayla Smith

Wolverton Folk & Blues Fair returns this weekend

goat roper rodeo band

Now in its seventh year, the popular annual event returns to Shorwell on Saturday with some great live acts and continues to raise money for Leukaemia research and Brighstone school.

Tuesday, 9th May, 2017 11:01am

By Tim Hollis

Paddle Steamer Ryde (Ryde Queen): Then and now (photo gallery)

PS Ryde now and then

The future of this former nightclub, WWII minesweeper and anti aircraft vessel is in doubt as planning permission for it to remain runs out in the summer. Before she goes, Roger J Millward shares this wonderful gallery of photos.

Wednesday, 3rd May, 2017 8:57am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Inspiring sonatas feature in first of a series of concerts with Sally Halsey

Joshua Lynch

The first in a series of concerts takes place on Sunday 7th May at St Catherine's church in Ventnor. The inspiring programme includes cello and piano sonatas by Saint-Saens and Prokofiev and the Adagio and Allegro by Schumann.

Monday, 1st May, 2017 12:36pm

By Helen Foster

Arts grants for 18-30 year olds up for grabs

Lauran Hibberd

Any young person (age 18‐30 years) interested in working in the arts – performance, music, writing, dance – is encouraged to apply for one of this year’s Mike Howley Trust grants to help realise their creative ambitions.

Friday, 28th April, 2017 1:25pm

By Tayla Smith