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.

Rhythmtree Festival postponed, but smaller day events planned

RhythmTree Festival - main stage at night with audience

The timings of when the Prime Minister will announce it being safe to mix in greater numbers is too close to the festival say organisers

Thursday, 22nd April, 2021 2:29pm

By Sally Perry

Farewell John Armstrong, it was a pleasure to have known you

John Armstrong sitting on a chair reading poetry

John's dry wit and thought-provoking poetry will be fondly remembered by all who knew him

Thursday, 22nd April, 2021 11:20am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Watch: Hidden Goddess by Isle of Wight musician and poet, Cooly Haste

Hidden Goddess - Cooly Haste typed on top of image of two women from egyptian film

Sit back and let Isle of Wight musician and poet, Cooly Haste, take you on a journey through the A to Z of goddesses

Wednesday, 21st April, 2021 6:48pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Watch: The Beast Must Die official trailer

women standing by cars eating chips

The upcoming TV series, The Beast Must Die, filmed on the Isle of Wight released its official trailer today

Tuesday, 20th April, 2021 6:52pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Two days left until ‘Drumming and Strumming for Shanklin Theatre’

Montage of images showing Tilly and Jake, Boycie, Harper and Shanklin Theatre

This virtual benefit concert features John Challis, Doctor and the Medics and Blair Dunlop. Watch on YouTube and Facebook

Tuesday, 20th April, 2021 7:57am

By Jake Curran

Don’t miss Ryde’s Spring Windows: Art installations in shop windows

New carnival Company's Spring Window

The sun is shining and the forecast is great for the weekend, so why not head to Ryde and check out these three great art installations

Friday, 16th April, 2021 2:10pm

By Sally Perry

Plane made from lemonade bottles soars through the sky (Video) (updated)

Glider in the sky - Paul Knights

Sit back for a few minutes to watch this made from scratch glider soar through the sky above Chale

Thursday, 15th April, 2021 6:18pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Register to become a volunteer at this year’s Ventnor Fringe Festival

Ventnor Fringe in the Park

Ventnor Fringe Festival welcomes volunteers from all ages and backgrounds. Register today if you want to take part

Thursday, 15th April, 2021 4:31pm

By Sally Perry

Botanical residency for Isle of Wight artist

Artists Paint Brushes

Over the next three months Guy Eades will be based at Ventnor Botanic Garden three days week

Friday, 9th April, 2021 12:17pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Online album launch for Isle of Wight musicians

Andy Roberts working on the computer

The album launches on Saturday 10th April. Tickets for the live launch with Isle of Wight musicians are just £3 each

Friday, 9th April, 2021 6:23am

By Andy Roberts

Drive-in cinema returns Summer 2021 in aid of cancer trust

Movie Drive In

Tickets are selling fast for the summer drive-in events hosted by Wessex Cancer Trust. Book today to avoid disappointment

Thursday, 8th April, 2021 7:40am

By Sally Perry

Teens organise charity gig for Shanklin Theatre with some big names

Tilly and Jake / Shanklin Theatre / Doctor and the Medics

These two teenagers have organised a fundraising gig for Shanklin Theatre that features among others, musicians from Doctor and the Medics and Pentangle

Wednesday, 7th April, 2021 4:21pm

By Jake Curran