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.

Max Minghella to make directorial debut with film set on the Isle of Wight

Max Minghella

Filming will take place on the Isle of Wight for this coming-of-age film about a teenage girl dreaming of becoming a pop star. Co-written and directed by Anthony Mingella's son, Max, it seems to have all the ingredients for success.

Thursday, 27th July, 2017 6:38pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Victoria and Abdul: Costumes now on display at Osborne (Film Trailer and HD photos)

Elaborate costumes worn by Dame Judi Dench (Queen Victoria)

Some of the costumes used in the upcoming film, Victoria and Abdul, are on display at Osborne House this summer. See the HD photos for a flavour of what to expect.

Tuesday, 25th July, 2017 4:10pm

By Sally Perry

New contemporary poetry journal, Eye Flash, now open for submissions

Poetry shack:

A new contemporary poetry journal for the South of England launches this October and is now open for submissions.

Friday, 21st July, 2017 11:22am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Plastic Mermaids and Rhain: Tickets going fast for Strings gig

plastic mermaids fire fingers

The Isle of Wight's very own Plastic Mermaids will be playing a gig in Newport at the end of the month, with support from the sensational Rhain. Tickets are going fast, so don't delay.

Monday, 17th July, 2017 1:38pm

By Feature Writer

Ventnor International Festival: Hottest up-and-coming music heading to town

bad sounds

Book the day off work and head to Ventnor on Friday 11th August for the Ventnor International Festival - a day-long curated programme of the some of the hottest music acts around at the moment - all for just £30.

Thursday, 13th July, 2017 12:57pm

By Sally Perry

Summer Shindigs return to Tapnell Farm

Shindig poster

Put these dates in your diary and tell all your family and friends that the Summer Shindigs are returning to The Cow Co. at Tapnell Farm, from 27th July.

Tuesday, 11th July, 2017 6:45pm

By Kirsten Morris

Ventnor Fringe announce their entire programme on World Fringe Day

Ventnor Fringe

It's World Fringe Day so the folks over at Ventnor Fringe Festival have chosen today to announce their entire programme for the 2017 Festival - taking place between 8th and 13th August.

Tuesday, 11th July, 2017 2:32pm

By Jack Whitewood

Classic Isle Festival: Last remaining tickets available

Barton manor - Classic Isle

Last chance to grab tickets for this weekend's Classic Isle Festival. World-class musicians will perform with one of England’s finest Jacobean Mansion houses as the backdrop.

Thursday, 6th July, 2017 6:05pm

By Feature Writer

IWSO Review: Pirates, Wreckers and Impressionists

carnival of the sea

Jonathan shares this review of the final Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra concert of the season.

Thursday, 6th July, 2017 12:59pm

By Jonathan Dodd

Final summer concert features comic opera with up and coming singers

Bertie Watson

This will be the final in in Sally Halsey’s summer series of concerts and takes place on Sunday 2nd July at St Catherine’s church in Ventnor.

Thursday, 29th June, 2017 12:53pm

By Helen Foster

Binnel Studios: Head to St Lawrence for Third Summer Exhibition

matt chambers pots blue

The eight fully-established, award-winning artists based at Binnel Studios in St Lawrence invite you to their third summer exhibition between 26-28 August 2017. Highly recommended if you appreciate world-class quality.

Wednesday, 28th June, 2017 6:53pm

By Feature Writer

Ryde Arts Festival have a very special launch event planned

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The launch event of the 2017 Ryde Arts Festival features the private view of an exhibition, a performance from dancer, Sophie Wintersgill, alongside live music from a string quartet, as well as the re-creation of the ‘Smashing Performance’ shown at the Saatchi Gallery by Sue Pareskeva.

Wednesday, 28th June, 2017 6:26pm

By Sally Perry