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.

Lockdown research uncovers the true identities of two Dickens’ characters, and they lived in Bonchurch

Ink and quill

This lockdown project has uncovered that two of Charles Dickens' characters were based on real Bonchurch residents. See within

Sunday, 4th April, 2021 10:45am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Kid’s Easter colouring pack highlights ‘then and now’ in Newport

Newport then and now colouring pack

Once your kids have eaten their Easter eggs here's a colouring activity that will help them think about how the county town has changed

Sunday, 4th April, 2021 9:34am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight arts organisations to receive £489,000 ‘Culture Recovery’ funding

Shanklin Theatre

The funding is aimed at helping organisations welcome back visitors and return to normal operating models in the months ahead

Friday, 2nd April, 2021 12:01am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Always innovating: New kind of theatre performances from Ventnor Exchange

People walking past Ventnor Exchange

Always looking at new ways of helping people enjoy theatre, these 'over the phone' and zoom performances from Ventnor Exchange certainly tick the box

Wednesday, 31st March, 2021 5:34pm

By Jack Whitewood

Stunningly beautiful drone compilation of the Isle of Wight from the sky (video)

drone shot of Ventnor poo palace

After watching this two minute film you'll never want to go on holiday anywhere else again

Friday, 26th March, 2021 4:52pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Aggie Fest 2021: Isle of Wight and mainland folk singers perform songs about seafaring life

Guith shanty group

The evening will feature a range of local and mainland folk singers performing songs about the seafaring life

Friday, 26th March, 2021 10:25am

By John Bentley

People Media Productions tells stories from the Isle of Wight with opportunities for young people

Tony Steyger filming with student

A new Isle of Wight company, People Media Productions, has launched to make film, TV and Web programmes with a mission to tell stories from the Isle of Wight

Friday, 26th March, 2021 8:38am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight Festival announce their line-up for 2021 event

IW festival logo

The Isle of Wight Festival has been moved to September 2021 and the line-up has now been confirmed

Friday, 26th March, 2021 8:17am

By Katie Baptie with 4 readers' comments

Government needs to help festival organisers, says Isle of Wight MP

Ventnor Fringe closing party

Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, is calling on the Government to launch a pooled reinsurance scheme to help festival organisers to plan with confidence

Wednesday, 24th March, 2021 9:39am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 6 readers' comments

Mountbatten Community Choir releases song to mark one year since start of Lockdown

Mountbatten One Day Soon zoom video

CEO of Mountbatten says, "The song ‘One Day Soon’ is like a beacon of light at the end of a dark tunnel and gives me a sense of better days to come. It’s a fantastic effort by the choir members hailing from both sides of the Solent and it makes me ‘proud to be Mountbatten’"

Tuesday, 23rd March, 2021 8:00am

By Andy Hollebon with one comment

World Poetry Day 2021: Share your favourite poet or poetry

Raymond Antrobus performing by Ocean Studios

It's World Poetry Day, so why not celebrate by letting us know who your favourite poet or poem is, and see our recommendation for 2021

Sunday, 21st March, 2021 10:46am

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Medina Bookshop Exclusive: Lynne Truss shares the five books that got her through Lockdown

Woman sitting on a sofa ready a book - photo taken from above by Matias North

Lynne Truss has exclusively shared her five top books that got her through Lockdown with Medina Books, now they want you to share yours too. There are prizes for best selections

Sunday, 21st March, 2021 9:03am

By Paul Armfield with one comment