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Isle of Arts to return in 2013

Wed 25 Apr 2012

Isle of Arts to return in 2013

Organisers of the Isle of Arts event have confirmed the festival will be returning to the Isle of Wight next summer after the 2012 weekend was deemed to be a success.

Acts such as Aled Jones, Hardeep Singh Kohli and Steve Harley performed on the island last weekend as part of the event and co-organiser and spokeswoman Gillian Jenner thanked all of the volunteers who gave up their time to make the festival possible.

She confirmed the Isle of Arts will be back in 2013 and will be taking place at various venues across the island from April 19th to 21st.

Ventnor mayor Steve Stubbings, Ventnor Town Council and the Isle of Wight Council were among those singled out by the organiser to be thanked after the 2012 Isle of Arts.

"A team of volunteers from Ventnor and across Island worked tirelessly over the weekend to help make the impossible possible. And we hope they had a great time in the process," said Ms Jenner, who added it is a "privilege" to be able to create such a "worthwhile" event for both Isle of Wight residents and those who visit the island on their holidays.

Stand-up comedian Phill Jupitus, Sandi Toksvig and John Helliwell were among those to have entertained crowds on the Isle of Wight over the course of the weekend.

Pop icon Steve Harley - one of the biggest stars on the bill at the 2012 Isle of Arts event - previously told the Isle of Wight County Press how he was looking forward to returning to the island as he believes it has a "special aura" and holidayed there as a child with his family.

He added he remembers watching ships on the Solent and the "vast beaches" when the tide was out, images he says have stayed in his mind for decades.

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