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Isle of Wight event 'a festival for little moments'

Fri 13 Jan 2012

Isle of Wight event 'a festival for little moments'

Tourists may be tempted to book Isle of Wight holidays for later in the year in order to attend an arts festival that is being held on the island this summer.

The Ventnor Fringe Festival has been launched this month with a secret event that was free to attend for supporters of the venture.

According to a report by the Isle of Wight County Press, the details of the gig were kept under wraps so well even the musicians taking part did not know where it was to be held.

A house in Ventnor was used as the location for the show and a crowd of 50 gathered to see performances by acts including the Isle of Wight band The Shutes.

Organiser Jack Whitewood explained the home was chosen for the gig due to the fact the ethos of the Fringe is to find unusual spaces to put on events.

He said: "It's the opposite of big festivals really, in going back to something more intimate and more special. We want to have the best artists we can, but in some of the smallest spaces."

Acts from filmmakers to playwrights and musicians are being invited to put forward their applications for a place at the 2012 fringe, which is set to run in the town of Ventnor from August 15th to 18th.

"Often my favourite part of festivals is when you are standing in the middle of a field round a piano, this is a festival for little moments," said Mr Whitewood.

The organisers of the fringe recently revealed 150 artists of all different types took part in the event in the 2011 edition and they are hoping to break this record in 2012.

They note Ventnor is a unique location for this kind of event, due to the fact they are usually held in a major city such as Edinburgh, which was the inspiration for the showcase.

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