Ventnor Fringe 2018

Ventnor Fringe has suddenly doubled in size, with twice as many applications from performers this year and loads more wonderful things to experience throughout the hippest town on the Island, dubbed ‘Shoreditch by the Sea’. This year there are a record breaking 70 ticketed shows, along with loads of Free Fringe buskers and street performers, art exhibitions, parties and of course the two carnivals on Wednesday (followed by fireworks) and Saturday’s illuminated procession.

Check out these five events for starters:

1. The Ventnor Stellar Portal

A very special night of spoken word and music featuring the best up and coming spoken word artists from London is happening at a mystery venue on the opening night, Tuesday 7thAugust from 8pm. This is also the launch event, and is being curated by up and coming musician and Ventnor Fringe favourite, Alessi’s Ark. Purchase a ticket for £10 and you will be informed earlier in the day as to the mystery location – it’s in the town centre area by the way. 

2. Behind the Agony

Following a sell-out run last year, Charles Adrian returns as Ms Samantha Mann, the spinster librarian agony aunt, in a hilarious presentation of her career. All dilemmas will be addressed, helpful tips dispensed and there may even be a live consultation. Set in the comfortable surroundings of Ventnor Arts Club, tickets are £10.

3. Kit and Caboodle

A beautiful puppetry show set outdoors in the in the pretty Parkside venue, Kit and Caboodle features a large strolling pack mule that has all sorts of stories contained within the cases on its back, relating to people who travel to search for a better life. Thingumajig Theatre, from Hebdon Bridge has toured the world with this timeless take on the nature of migration. Tickets £6 adults, £5 children.

4. Harbourside and Hip Hop

The new Harbourside venue in a stretch tent beneath the bandstand on Ventnor seafront has its bar in a shipping container, and an eclectic selection of DJs on the decks. Hip Hop night on Thursday from 8pm will be featuring some of the Island’s best hip hop DJs and will be headlined by DJ Format, a Brighton-based artist who as toured with the likes of Jurassic 5. It’s only 50p to get into this venue during the day, and just £3 in the evenings.

5. Outdoor Film Screening

There are several outdoor film screenings from the Extraordinary Travelling Filmshow throughout the festival, but ‘Three Billboards Outside Missouri’ by Martin McDonagh at Parkside on Sunday at 9pm is going to be special. This latest film from the director of ‘In Bruges’ won best film at the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs and it’s £10 per ticket (age 15+).

Details and booking

Jo Macaulay

3 August 2018

By Jo Macaulay in Articles