Ventnor Fringe Festival… the ‘Great Artist’s Pilgrimage’ Returns

Ventnor Fringe Festival… the ‘Great Artist’s Pilgrimage’ Returns

Ventnor Fringe is back in August and promises to be an amazing and eclectic cultural feast for the senses, including the palate, as this year the festival boasts its own restaurant.

Coinciding again with the annual carnival celebrations, from August 17th to 20th, Ventnor Fringe has received over double the number of applications than they had for the inaugural event last year and the young organisers are busy arranging the programme.

This year will see the introduction of a number of new venues including a unique ‘pop up’ bar and restaurant, in a beautiful Moroccan tent on Salisbury Gardens, run by the talented team of chefs behind ‘Chez Mourad’. They will also be hosting evening performances from acts including BBC Poetry Slam Champion Dizraeli and his band ‘The Small Gods’ and the Bristol- based DJ extraordinaire Jon Kennedy amongst a diverse selection of local and visiting artists.

Ventnor Youth Centre will be transformed into ‘The Bijou’ with a Studio Theatre on the ground floor and performances from companies including Southampton-based Lantern Light Theatre and award winning local group RedTIE Theatre. Upstairs will be performances from London Puppetry Company String Theatre, a double bill from Replica Dance Company as well as a special cinema produced in collaboration with Digital Theatre, which works in partnership with the UK’s leading theatre companies to capture performances authentically on screen.

Robert Delamere, CEO of the London based company said: “We are truly excited by our collaboration with the Ventnor Fringe Festival.  We look forward to bringing the best of British theatre to new audiences through these screenings this August.”

St Catherine’s School hall has also been confirmed as a new venue with a performance from Untied Artists, who will be bringing a special Edinburgh preview of their show ‘Al Bowlly’s Croon Manifesto’ which also includes Island favourites JC and Angelina. Other events at the hall will include shows from East Cowes Acting Troupe and a great ‘Vintage Tea Dance’ hosted by Brighton’s famous ‘Ragroof Theatre’.

These acts join a programme which already includes performances from the hotly tipped Marques Toliver, described by Adele as her “favourite new artist”, the classically trained Olivia Chaney, local talent Emily Scotcher as well as huge range of local musicians, buskers and more which will be announced over the coming days.

Managed entirely by young people from the Island, all aged twenty and under, the Fringe aims to promote Ventnor as a centre for artists from across the country and internationally to come together and experiment, collaborate and perform new work.

More announcements will be made in the coming days and weeks, including a host of “Secret Performances’ on VFringe’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

All events are ticketed separately and available from or at the ‘pop up’ Box Office at ‘Thirtyfour’ on Pier Street, Ventnor, every Saturday from 10am-2pm and more regularly nearer the event. There will also be booking forms available in shops across Ventnor for next week.


2011 FRINGE MEDIA: To celebrate these announcements VFringe have released another clip from their new promotional film involving a host of local musicians in an impromptu performance at the El Toro Contento Tapas Bar.

And take a look at this second clip featuring a special performance from local musicians Mike Champion, Jack Clutterbuck and Tallulah Smith filmed by James Willis.