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.

Ventnor International Festival: Emerging artists revealed on exciting 2017 line-up

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Ventnor International Festival, a pioneering urban festival on the Isle of Wight returns this August with a great line-up of emerging bands and musicians from around the country.

Monday, 20th February, 2017 12:36pm

By Jack Whitewood

Cinema for Peace: Three screenings this week on the Isle of Wight

tickling giants

There are three Cinema for Peace screenings to choose from this week. Learn more about the 'Age of Man’, the Italian 'refugee island' of Lampedusa or The 'Egyptian Jon Stewart' Show.

Monday, 20th February, 2017 11:45am

By Sally Perry

The King Lud Folk Festival returns next weekend

The Crew

The two day Folk Festival returns to the King Lud on Ryde Esplanade this coming weekend. Two days of free live music with donations to charity.

Monday, 20th February, 2017 10:43am

By Suzanne Mackay

Freshwater Glass Artists exhibit their work at Dimbola

glass artists- dimbola

The tea room at Dimbola is currently showing work by Freshwater Glass Artists. Pop along before 10th March to see their work.

Saturday, 18th February, 2017 11:00am

By Feature Writer

Isle of Wight singer songwriter releases new music video

greg barnes

Ventnorian singer songwriter, Greg Barnes, releases his latest music video, Polaroids. Shot around the Island it shows the Isle of Wight off beautifully.

Friday, 17th February, 2017 4:25pm

By Sally Perry

New writing group aims to support budding wordsmiths

Zoe Sadler and Krissy Lloyd, founders of West Wight Writers

A new writing group has been founded in West Wight to help other budding writers. The first meeting takes place early next month.

Wednesday, 15th February, 2017 2:25pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra present The French Connection

viv mcclean

The third Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra concert of the present season features music from or connected to France. Tickets selling fast so don't miss out.

Monday, 13th February, 2017 6:48pm

By Tim Isard

Learn more about artist Laura Knight

Ruby_Loftus: Laura Knight

Laura Knight's painting from the Nuremberg Trials of Goring, Hess and Speer floating above a landscape of urban desolation is recognised as one of the most powerful depictions of war ever produced. Find out more about her life at this Vectis DFAS Lecture on 16th February.

Friday, 10th February, 2017 4:18pm

By Carolyn Power

Utterly beautiful drone-shot film of Isle of Wight coastline raises the bar

lost but not forgotten - screeb grab land and sea

The bar for production of aerial drone video has just been raised by the very talented folks over at The Progress Film Company, who have created a glorious cinematic masterpiece, shot along the south coast of the Isle of Wight.

Sunday, 5th February, 2017 8:29pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Indie folk duo, Worry Dolls, to perform live on the Isle of Wight

worry dolls

Described by Bob Harris as “a warm and infectious sound”, Worry Dolls’ music is packed full of sublime harmonies, atop a plethora of varied instruments. You can see them play live on 4th March on the Isle of Wight.

Saturday, 4th February, 2017 12:20pm

By Feature Writer

Multiple Isle of Wight hairdressers receive mystery poem from ‘Banksy of Poetry’ (Updated)

the robin poem at hairshack

Hairdressers in Ventnor and Freshwater are among those across the country who have received mystery poems from writer, 'Mark Jones'. He's been dubbed the 'Banksy of Poetry' for randomly sharing his poetry with others.

Friday, 3rd February, 2017 11:26am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Kingz of Vocals’ latest track: So catchy you’ll struggle to get it out of your head (video)

kingz of vocals video

The latest track from Isle of Wight hip hop collaborative, Kingz of Vocals, featuring Jamaican singer Terro Melody, has been released this month and features a music video shot on the Island by the talented film maker, Mike Gripz.

Saturday, 28th January, 2017 7:09pm

By Sally Perry