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.

Outstanding results for Platform One students

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Ahead of A-Level results day, students at Platform One College of Music find out their results and for the 18th year students have achieved outstanding results.

Wednesday, 15th August, 2018 3:15pm

By Dave Pontin

Ventnor Fringe Festival: Moves to new dates for 2019

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The new dates will ensure that Ventnor Fringe Festival does not clash with any other festivals taking place at the same time and will mean that performers going to Edinburgh can preview their shows on the Island beforehand.

Tuesday, 14th August, 2018 5:07pm

By Sally Perry

Bully Bones, Isle of Wight band, features on O’Neill surfing video

Jordy Smith - Beyond the Tour - ONeill

Isle of Wight garage punk band, Bully Bones, have had an old track of their used in a new video by surf brand, O'Neill. Watch that and the band's latest music video.

Tuesday, 14th August, 2018 12:02pm

By Sally Perry

Vectian present a unique Island sound at charity concert

chris hirst - vectian

This charity concert in aid of the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary will be the only chance to hear Vectian perform live this summer.

Monday, 13th August, 2018 5:56pm

By Sally Perry

Ventnor Fringe another success with over 4,500 tickets sold

Ventnor Fringe

With over 4,500 tickets sold Ventnor was buzzing with activity all week for the ninth Ventnor Fringe Festival. Despite the weather, it was a huge success. Here's to 2019!

Monday, 13th August, 2018 2:01pm

By Sally Perry

The Ventnor Mermaid, created on other people’s rubbish by Not Dead Yet

tony trowbridge

Ventnor might now be home to Phlegm's Ventnor Giant, but has also this week been hosting the Ventnor Mermaid, created by Isle of Wight artist Not Dead Yet. Do you want to take her home?

Saturday, 11th August, 2018 12:08pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Play written and performed by young Islanders celebrates the culture and unique identity of seaside towns

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This performance is a dynamic, avant-garde narrative that follows the rise of a new political figure in a seaside town, who capitalises on an accident with a pothole and the local bingo caller. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday, 8th August, 2018 2:11pm

By Feature Writer

Preview screenings of Isle of Wight film on phenomena of dying filmed at Hospice

Jamie and Steven

A feature length film which explores the moment of death and why it is such taboo in our society is due for general release in September. It was filmed on the Isle of Wight at the Mountbatten hospice over 12 months.

Wednesday, 8th August, 2018 12:20pm

By Emma Topping with one comment

WATCH: Island’s tallest mural, ‘Ventnor Giant’, created by world-renowned street artist, Phlegm

Ventnor Giant Mural - Julian Winslow

Head to Ventnor to see the amazingly detailed three-storey mural of the 'Ventnor Giant', the tallest piece of street art on the Isle of Wight. It was commissioned by Ventnor Exchange and created by world-renowned street artist, Phlegm.

Tuesday, 7th August, 2018 5:45pm

By Sally Perry

Dr John Cooper Clarke heading to the Isle of Wight this autumn

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Expect to see Shanklin Theatre packed to the gunnels this November when the original People's Poet comes to the Isle of Wight as part of his show touring across the UK, USA, Canada and Australasia.

Tuesday, 7th August, 2018 3:38pm

By Feature Writer

New two-year project aims to ‘Lift the Lid on Island Culture’

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A two-year project that aims to reignite a sense of pride and passion in cultural heritage on the Isle of Wight was launched earlier this year. OnTheWight has more detail.

Tuesday, 7th August, 2018 9:07am

By Sally Perry

Ventnor Fringe Festival 2018: A peek at what not to miss and more

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Enrich your soul this week and head to Ventnor for the Fringe Festival for a week of theatre, live music, comedy, talks, art workshops, exhibitions and more - you won't be disappointed. There's so much to see and do, you'll never want to leave.

Sunday, 5th August, 2018 9:25am

By Sally Perry