Applications have now opened for the increasingly popular Ventnor Fringe Festival. Founded in 2010 by a team of teenagers, the event is inspired by the Edinburgh Fringe and has an open artistic policy that allows anyone to take part. Organisers welcome artists from across the world in a wide variety of disciplines from comedy to music, film to theatre, performing in venues as varied as converted empty shops, churches, buses and courtyards across the town. Over the past two years over 200 artists have taken part, with acts including intimate performances from Johnny Flynn, Dizraeli and the Small Gods, Marques Toliver, Hand to Mouth Theatre, London’s String Theatre, Brighton’s famous Ragroof Theatre, Replica Dance Company and a unique cinema run by the prolific French film Director Vincent Moon and cellist Gaspar Claus. The festival aims to become a ‘great artist’s pilgrimage’ and return Ventnor to its roots as a health spa and source of inspiration for artists, as it was for many famous Victorian creative’s, developing a new hub for artists and audiences to discover, experiment and celebrate new work. This year's event is held between 15th-18th of August 2012, to coincide the 123rd annual Carnival celebrations. The deadline for applications is 1 June 2012. More information at: www.vfringe.co.uk
There are probably as many reasons why people deliver copies of the Isle of Wight Beacon as there are people who deliver. This month we’ve been speaking to one of our East Cowes deliverers to find out why she gets involved.
The scene is set at Robin Hill Country Park ahead of Bestival, which promises a huge range of acts throughout the weekend of 6 – 9 September.
The Duke of Edinburgh was presented with a bottle of specially produced local ale when visiting the Isle of Wight for the second time this summer.
The official charity partner of Cowes Week 2012 is hoping their shore-side fundraising activities are just as successful as their on the water racing.
A full programme of activities has been announced for Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, which takes place between 11 and 18 August 2012.
The Independent Lifeboat Lotto has made £36,000 for the units at Ryde, Freshwater and Sandown in its first year.
A Red Jet and a yacht collided this afternoon (Friday) as the high-speed vessel was leaving Cowes for Southampton. …continue
Raising the standards of child protection and education will be a top priority for the new-look Isle of Wight Council. …continue
Speeding motorists are being educated about the dangers of their actions by volunteers taking part in a police scheme on the Isle of Wight. …continue
The Isle of Wight’s oldest theme park is celebrating its 170th anniversary this bank holiday weekend. …continue
Staff at Osborne House are celebrating what would have been the birthday of Queen Victoria. …continue
The Island's registrar service will move temporarily due to the Isle of Wight Festival. …continue