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.

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

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 7 readers' comments