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.

Don’t miss the Harp on Wight International festival online this weekend

harp on wight promo - harp on the beach with quote from Beethoven

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, this year the Harp on Wight International Festival will be offering free online concerts and workshops with leading harpists. Details within

Wednesday, 21st October, 2020 9:49am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

New single and EP on the way from Isle of Wight band, As We Leave

the band AS WE LEAVE standing up against a wall

As We Leave's music is "is awash with rural Island heritage and wide-angled frames of rose-tinted nostalgia". Check out their latest single ahead of the EP launch

Tuesday, 20th October, 2020 7:19pm

By Oliver Rankine with one comment

Isle of Wight live music and theatre organisations receive lifeline funding

swan levitt playing for socially distanced gig at Strings

This critical funding will ensure arts organisations can continue to bring joy to the local community, and will help them build a sustainable future.

Monday, 19th October, 2020 3:01pm

By Sally Perry

A sad farewell to the Vintage Yarmouth Boot Sale and Xmas Market

Montage of scenes from the Vintage Xmas Market

The hugely popular Vintage Boot Sale and beautifully curated Xmas Market are no more, announce the organiser from Yarmouth

Monday, 19th October, 2020 1:49pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

‘Dots for Pots’ aims to raise money to help those on low incomes grow their own fruit and veg next spring

dots for pots message and artwork

The brainchild of Isle of Wight artist, Holly Maslen, the aim is to raise £500 by next spring to buy terracotta pots for those on low incomes who want to grow their own fruit, vegetables or anything else.

Tuesday, 13th October, 2020 9:22am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight arts organisations to receive £558,000 ‘Culture Recovery’ funding (updated)

Ventnor exchange with here for culture logo

The funding is on its way to five arts organisation on the Isle of Wight to help allow performances to restart, venues to plan for reopening and to help protect jobs and create opportunities for freelancers

Monday, 12th October, 2020 3:45pm

By Sally Perry

Community art project fills Cockram’s Yard with historic Newport characters

Notable Newport Art Installation along Cockrams Yard

People were very clear about who should and shouldn’t be included! The notable people were chosen because they were interesting and perhaps not so well known, or were seen as inspirational

Monday, 12th October, 2020 8:53am

By Hannah Griffiths

Panda Swim take us back to 1990’s grunge with debut single, School of Fools: Watch

Panda Swim band members

This is the first release through new Isle of Wight record label, Wight Vinyl, ahead of other releases throughout the next year. Watch the music video now

Sunday, 11th October, 2020 10:46am

By Sally Perry

Wight Trash release new skateboarding video with soundtrack from Fat Earthers

alex moul on wight trash video

Check out this latest offering from Wight Trash - a three-minute taster video called Social Distancing, released ahead of the full-length feature called YEAH WIGHT

Friday, 9th October, 2020 12:04pm

By Sally Perry

Letter: Ben’s spent 20 years building up his live events business. Read his heart-felt plea to Bob Seely to help the sector

a higher sound equipment at festival

Ben Wilbee has spent the last 20 years training and learning skills, investing in a career that really makes peoples' lives better, only to be told by the Chancellor that his business is not considered 'viable' . He asks Bob Seely MP for help

Wednesday, 7th October, 2020 6:28pm

By Ben Wilbee with 6 readers' comments

Isle of Wight musicians invited to share their recording memories for the Solent Records story

Solent Records Story Cover

Now-retired Solent records founder, John Waterman, is inviting artists who have any memories of their recording experience to contribute to the story

Wednesday, 7th October, 2020 3:56pm

By Sally Perry

Celebrity lineup for Isle of Wight short story competition judges

Edana Minghella and Jo Brand

The annual short story competition is open for entries and will be judged by Jo Brand, Melvyn Hayes, Ray Allen and Edana Minghella

Wednesday, 7th October, 2020 3:37pm

By Chris Cane