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Ventnor Fringe welcomes more than 300 artists to the Island's southernmost town every July/August for a unique celebration spanning ten days.
Theatre, comedy, music and film events take place right across the picturesque town spanning warehouses and empty buildings to a harbour, churches and even local’s front rooms!
Catch a puppet show in a launderette, a midnight cellist concert in an 11th century chapel, morning yoga sessions in the park or a late night party in a network of abandoned tunnels. Whatever your age and whatever your budget, don’t miss this extraordinary week in Ventnor.
Described by The Sunday Times as "...rapidly becoming the country's most surprising and inspirational multidisciplinary arts festival" and The Independent as 'One hell of a homegrown festival....an authentic, bohemian festival experience".
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The multi-award-winning arts festival, which features gigs, comedy and performances in pop up venues throughout Ventnor, will return for an extended 10 day edition from 23rd July - 1st August 2021.
In recent years it has become an important testing ground for artists premiering new material, running in the lead up to Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
A host of new acts have been announced including RuPaul’s Drag Race UK contestant Joe Black who will be previewing new show ‘Decopunk’ plus ‘Work In Progress’ performances from comedians Lou Sanders (Taskmaster, Travelman, QI) Geoff Norcott (Live at the Apollo, Mash Report, Mock the Week) Tez Ilyas (Tez O’Clock Show - Channel 4, TEZ Talks - BBC Radio 4, Man Like Mobeen - BBC Three) and musical comedy duo Flo and Joan.
Families with younger children will be excited by a new ‘Mini Fringers’ event featuring popular TV presenter Andy Day with his ‘Dino Raps’ live show, and for the first time at the Fringe a visit from the Circus! Featuring
Acrobatics to Trapeze, Comedy to Juggling, The Greatest Showpeople! Will be heading to the Big Top in Ventnor Park.
Music fans won’t be disappointed with the festival building on its reputation for showcasing some of the best new music around. This year’s programme will feature live shows with Indie favourites Gengahr, post punk, art rock trailblazers Do Nothing, the Cumbia vibes of Los Bitchos and outstanding breakthrough act Billy Nomates.
Co Director Jack Whitewood explained “With more than 150 different shows expected to form this year’s programme, we’ve barely scratched the surface, but already it’s shaping up to be the most diverse, interesting and creative it’s ever been, and the celebration we all need after 2020” All events at Ventnor Fringe are individually ticketed, with capacities in all spaces being kept to small numbers to ensure the best possible chance of the event going ahead as planned this summer.
Getting to the Ventnor Fringe is easy via Southampton.
By car - catch the ferry to East Cowes and then head south on Dover Road. Take the A3021, Briddlesford Rd, A3056 and B3327 to Steephill Down Rd in Ventnor. It will take about 30 minutes.
On foot - catch the Red Jet to West Cowes. From here, Southern Vectis operate frequent buses (service 1) to Newport where you can change at the bus station for Ventnor (service 3). Taxis are also available outside the West Cowes Red Jet terminal. For car hire, we recommend Enterprise - they will pick you-up from the Red Jet if you tell them your arrival time.