History of the Fringe

The Ventnor Fringe was launched in 2010 by a team of students to give a platform to the increasing number of creatives moving to the town and has since grown into one of the Island’s most exciting events. Now entering its eighth year the Festival has hosted emerging and established artists spanning music (Johnny Flynn, Hooton Tennis Club, Liam Bailey, H.Hawkline), spoken word (Reeps One, Dizraeli, Rex Domino), film (guests have included George Mackay, Vincent Moon and Josh Bolt), theatre (Paines Plough, Scena Mundi, String Theatre, Kilter Theatre), cabaret (Eve Ferrett, Soiree Pompette, Lowri-Ann Richards, Underbling & Vow), as well as visual art, debates, comedy, dance and everything in between.

With well over 300 artists now taking part every year, the Ventnor Fringe is one of the fastest growing and most exciting Fringe Festivals in the UK. Combined with its unique location on the southern tip of the Isle of Wight, with stunning beaches and dramatic countryside all around you, it’s the perfect place to be inspired and inspire others.