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Fringe Top Tips: All You Need To Know About The Fringe Village

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The Fringe Village, what is it? Where is it? How do you get in? Here is everything you need to know about the main hub of Ventnor Fringe.

During the Fringe venues appear right across Ventnor, and pop up performances take place in all sorts of spaces, but knowing exactly where to go can be tricky to decide, so this year we’re launching the Fringe Village as a central hub of action where you can always be guaranteed to find things to do.

The Fringe Village is located in Ventnor Park, about 15 mins walk from the town centre, and is an expanded version of what was tested in 2021. It includes all of the main parts of the park, as well as neighbouring Flowersbrook, the name of a field next to it. In this article we explore more about what you can expect to find in the Fringe Village.

Venues

The Fringe Village is home to several of the festival’s main venues, where ticketed shows from this year’s programme are held. In the main section of the park is The Magpie, a beautiful black and white circus tent which also hosts a wide range of comedy and cabaret performances. Also in this area is The Nest, a smaller venue which hosts some of the best emerging acts in a beautiful Indian tent. On Friday and Saturday nights it also hosts a Silent Disco!

5 minutes walk away in the Flowersbrook field is The Big Top, new for 2022 and the biggest venue at the festival. Here you can see the largest shows and on weekends the seats are removed to host live gigs with amazing bands including The Big Moon, Goat Girl and local heroes like CHAMPS and Plastic Mermaids.

Craft Beer & Cocktails

There’s no chance of going thirsty with three bars in the Fringe Village, serving up the south west’s finest craft beer from Bristol based Wiper & True, a truly independent brewery we’re over the moon to be working with. For gin fans we’re excited to be collaborating once again with the Isle of Wight Distillery, bringing their famous Mermaid Gin and Sea Salt Vodka made right here on the Island.

Parkside Bar is located right in the middle of the park, next to the Bandstand, with the new Big Top Bar located in neighbouring Flowersbrook field.

Cocktail fans meanwhile should head to The Noble Steed, where a dedicated bar team will be mixing up the perfect Espresso Martini, Negroni or Bloody Mary among other favourite tipples.

Street Food

Feeling peckish? The Fringe Village is home to a selection of the Island’s finest street food offerings. From Gastronomy’s Bao Buns, to fusion fries and burgers from Stripped and artisan coffee from Drew’s Brews. Evolving throughout the 10 days of the festival with different traders be sure to visit on multiple days to see what’s on offer!

The Bandstand

Discover free live music every afternoon from midday on the Bandstand, as well as buskers, roaming performances, games and installations around the park. It’s a great space to soak up the atmosphere or have a picnic on a sunny afternoon.

Workshops 

From ukulele to DJ lessons, sewing to drawing, discover different workshops running every afternoon in The Nest. Most are free, with a few up to £5 to take part with sessions aimed at adults and children of all ages.

For the early birds there is also yoga, qigong or meditation sessions running most mornings from 10am. We recommend booking for these in advance as spaces are limited.

Makers Market

On Sunday 24th and Sunday 31st July from 10am-4pm The Big Top will be hosting a new Maker’s Market, bringing together more than 30 artisans and craftspeople under one big roof with live buskers, DJ’s and fresh coffee all on hand. The perfect place to while away a Sunday afternoon whatever the weather!

Information Point / Box Office Tent

In need of some advice or last minute tickets? The Fringe Village has a dedicated Box Office Tent located right next to the main entrance from Park Avenue. Open from 11am – 10pm daily our team of amazing volunteers are on hand to help answer any questions you may have! You can also bag yourself some nifty Fringe merch from here!

Practical Information

Events in the Fringe Village begin at 10am most days, with the Box Office Tent open from 11am and the bars and main venues from midday. The last spaces close at midnight each evening.

It’s completely free to enter the Fringe Village, watch events on the Bandstand, visit the Markets or take part in many of the workshops. Ticketed shows in the main venues can be purchased in advance online or if available on the day from the Box Office Tent.

If you’d like to support the Fringe look out for our contactless donation points where you can use a card to make a £3 donation. Your support is vital in helping make this area possible and keeping it free to enter. This year we are being charged over £7,000 by the Councils for permissions and use of the site, and as with so many things costs like fuel has risen considerably, more than doubling so every little helps!

You can find accessibility information here

Fringe Top Tips: Group Discounts

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Want to grab yourself a bargain? Team up with family or friends and you can make some big savings on tickets at the Fringe.

We know that rising prices are a challenge for everyone right now, so today we wanted to take a look at a great way you can save money by booking tickets together with family or friends to access some pretty decent discounts to some of the biggest shows at this year’s Fringe.

Here is a rundown of some of the deals on offer.

Fringe Fridays 

Thank God It’s Friday! Celebrate the end of the week at this brand new event. Fringe Fridays are Ventnor Fringe’s very own mini music festivals. Two full days of live music in our stunning new cliff top venue at Flowersbrook, with a carefully curated line up by Ventnor Exchange.

Headliners are the Mercury Prize Nominated The Big Moon on 22nd July with the epic Goat Girl taking the reigns on the 29th July.

Tickets are £35 or £60 if booking both days together, but team up as a group of 6 and you can get this down to £25pp

 Book Tickets

Joe Plumb: Born To Be The Weather Wizard

Winner of the Rouse Audience Choice Award in 2021, Joe Plumb is back with an all new show which explores what makes a local celebrity. You can hear him talk more about the show in the ‘How To Fringe’ Podcast.

Tickets are £12 each but go with 3 friends and they cost a very pre-inflation £10!

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Paul Zerdin: Hands Free

One of the best known ventriloquists around and winner of America’s Got Talent, Paul Zerdin will be bringing his latest smash-hit show to Ventnor for the first time. Sam, Albert, Baby, Roger the bodyguard and an urban fox have all survived the lockdowns and are back on the stage, so get ready to be involved!

There are various group discounts available on this show which can get you more than 25% off.

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The Good Times Show

A massive highlight of 2021 ‘Lets Circus’ follow up last year’s completely sold out run of ‘The Greatest Showpeople’ with ‘The Good Times Show’ which brings together artists from Japan, Australia and the UK in their intimate Big Top, The Magpie.


Unmistakably circus, this comedy driven variety show is a genuine all-ages experience. Expect acrobatics, aerial, comedy, unicycling and a gigantic red balloon! It’s the perfect family treat and a brilliant introduction to the Fringe for those who haven’t been before. Standard tickets are £18 but a group of 6 works out at just over £13 each!

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Hotel Paradiso 

An irresistibly colourful, loud and fun show for all the family by Lost in Translation, one of the UK’s leading contemporary circus companies and Guinness World Record holders!

With thrillingly spectacular circus skills, physical comedy, theatrical storytelling and slapstick, Hotel Paradiso sees the staff family tackle the scheming banker as he tries to possess the Hotel Paradiso. Full of hijinks and impeccable clowning, Lost in Translation will treat audiences to heart-stopping aerial, stunning floor acrobatics and extraordinary juggling.

Pull together the whole family or a group of mates and save £5 each, enough for a free pre-show drink!

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DEAL OF THE FRINGE: The Geneva Convention of Human F**ks

You place your order and sit down in one of the cubicles. The girl you’ve ordered comes over, delivers the coffee and then ducks under the table to get to business.’

Three blokes decide to do an epic grand tour of Europe to sample all the forbidden and exploited delights that the continent has to offer.

Performed entirely by women, The Geneva Convention of Human F**ks follows Liam, Peter and Michael on their travels as they revise what they think is right and wrong, challenge their friendship to breaking point and question their relationship as men to women.

A show created by ‘Yet To Be’ who produce thought provoking, new and original ensemble performance work for theatre.

Head together as a group of 4 and get a massive 58% off by booking the ‘mates rates’ ticket. Bargain!

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Ventnor Fringe: Fastest Selling Shows

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It’s early days, but there are some tickets that don’t hang about for long. Here is our rundown of the fastest selling shows so far!

For this list, we’re looking at the shows which have sold the highest proportion of their available tickets, instead of highest total number of tickets, as venue sizes vary greatly and this is a more important indicator of which will sell out first! If any of these events take your fancy, best book in advance!

Rob Auton – The Crowd Show

A firm favourite with audiences at Ventnor Exchange, this is Rob’s first time visiting the Island for the Fringe where he’ll be performing ‘The Crowd Show’

Named the ‘Brian Cox of Comedy’ by the Guardian, Rob has written eight hit Edinburgh Fringe shows, which have led to nationwide tours and television/radio appearances.

In 2020, Rob started ‘The Rob Auton Daily Podcast’ which won a gold award for Best Daily Podcast at the British Podcast Awards.

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Simon Brodkin (Work In Progress)

International prankster and creator of Lee Nelson, Simon Brodkin is heading to Ventnor Fringe for the first time with new material that he’ll be sharing at the Festival.

Famous for his infamous pranks to public figures such as Sepp Blatter, Donald Trump and Theresa May, he’s since been touring his highly praised stand up show around the country and we can’t wait to see his new work in progress.

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Lou Sanders – One Word: Wow

Consistently a critic’s and audience favourite, Lou’s previous celebrated show ‘Say Hello To Your New Step Mummy’ was selected as a top show to see in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The I Newspaper, The Evening Standard, The Mirror, Time Out, and Joe.co.uk. It played to sold-out audiences every day of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019, with extra dates added to meet overwhelming demand for tickets, as well as across the UK with a sold-out run at London’s Soho Theatre.

On TV, Lou is the co-host of Dave’s Unforgivable which was recently crowned Best Entertainment Programme at the Broadcast Digital Awards 2021, while she has featured on The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS) & starred in the Emmy nominated and BAFTA winning comedy game show Taskmaster.

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Le Gateau Chocolat & Jonny Woo: A Night At The Musicals

Dubbed the “Ebony and Ivory of drag” by the Australian press, Olivier winning star of La Clique & La Soirée; Le Gateau Chocolat and Queen of the Alternative Drag scene, Jonny Woo head to the Isle of Wight for a special performance of their award winning joint show!

Hilarious hijinks and shady shenanigans abound as they ‘Les Misérmassacre’ all the musicals you know and love A NIGHT AT THE MUSICALS is a tortured love letter to the glorious genre of musical theatre. From Gypsy to Grease, Annie to Lion King – no show is safe!

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Andy Roberts In Concert

Andy’s roots are in the 1970s British folk revival, citing singer songwriters Roy Harper and Michael Chapman as major influences. Early years busking in Europe broadened his palette to include blues, rock, ragtime and chanson. You can still find him street performing occasionally, and in pubs, clubs and festivals.

This concert, performed in the intimate setting of Ventnor Arts Club, will focus on the most original tunes from the 2020 album ‘Philosophical’ alongside favourites from the substantial back catalogue, “The Rowan Tree” and one or two new ones. Expect intricate fingerstyle guitar work with soaring vocals and anthemic refrains. Not to be repeated this year, so don’t miss it!

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Pick of The Fringe

Want to take a punt on some new comedians but can’t decide what to see? Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee and Ventnor Fringe veteran Ahir Shah (Live at the Apollo, The Mash Report, BBC 2) returns to host a night of top comedy from across the festival. With a different line up each night, you can even go more than once!

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Luke Kempner – Macho Macho Man

Star of Spitting Image, Steph’s Packed Lunch and with over 10 million views of his online videos, Luke Kempner is one of the UK’s hottest mimics and stand-up comics. With a hilariously razor sharp roster of contemporary impressions, Luke has become a household name and is bringing his highly anticipated brand-new show, Macho Macho Man on the road.

Luke tries to work out what masculinity really means with the help of Louis Theroux, the cast of Downton Abbey and even Jürgen Klopp.

Don’t miss this remarkable one-man show from one of Britain’s most exciting, new comedy talents.

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Ventnor Fringe: More Shows Added!

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The Big Moon, Goat Girl, Victoria Scone and House of Burlesque Among New Acts For Ventnor Fringe!

With less than 10 weeks to go until Ventnor Fringe returns, bringing the Island’s southernmost town to life with gigs, comedy and performances, a wave of new shows and events have been added to the programme.

Returning for its 12th edition from 22nd – 31st July, Ventnor Fringe takes its inspiration from the famous Edinburgh Fringe, a giant melting pot of cultural activity, including previews of new material from artists at all stages of their career. Performances take place in venues which are created across the town.

For music fans ‘Fringe Fridays’ will present a new opportunity to see a whole roster of new bands over the course of a single day with headliners The Big Moon and Goat Girl leading a line up that also includes Island favourites CHAMPS, the ‘Wonky Folk’ sounds of Blood Wizard, which has drawn similarities to the narrative led by murmurings of Kurt Vile, and American psychedelic noise rock duo Tonstartssbandht, formed of Edwin and Andy White, long time guitarist in Mac Demarco’s band.

The Big Moon were nominated for the Mercury Prize for their 2017 debut ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’ before returning in early 2020 with the massive ‘Walking Like We Do’ in which band members Juliette Jackson, Soph Nathan, Celia Archer and Fern Ford provided an even more assured follow up. Lead single ‘Your Light’, about finding solace in relationships during chaotic times, has amassed over 15million streams on Spotify alone.

London based quartet Goat Girl released their second album ‘On All Fours’ in 2021, firmly establishing them as a force to be reckoned with, with their post-punk sounds recognised alongside peers like Fontaines D.C. They share the barbed ferocity of Fat White Family, but also explore interesting electronic elements. The melancholy dance-punk of Sad Cowboy has a synth breakdown that recalls Caribou’s ‘Can’t Do Without You’

Elsewhere the UK’s top satirical showgirls House of Burlesque will be ruffling some feathers with an evening of fierce and fabulous entertainment. UK Burlesque royalty Tempest Rose, Lolo Brow and guests promise a night of the risqué, raucous and rhinestoned going right back to the subversive roots of British Burlesque. Unapologetically innovative, HOB has redefined burlesque for the 21st Century, with over 10 years of sell out shows and numerous tv appearances.

Other highlights added today include Victoria Scone, best known for competing on the third series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK where she was the first cisgender female contestant on any series of the Drag Race franchise. Alongside a much anticipated solo show she’ll be hosting proceedings at the Big Fringe Variety Show which will showcase some of the best cabaret from across the festival, following it’s sell out popularity last year when the event was hosted by fellow RuPau’ls contestant Joe Black. 

From circus to comedy, theatre to poetry new additions to the programme are now being added regularly at vfringe.co.uk with some events already close to selling out. Audience members looking for advice or recommendations can also visit the festival box office at Ventnor Exchange (open 7 days a week from 11am) or by calling (01983) 716767.

Ventnor Fringe: First Shows Announced!

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Today we’re excited to reveal the first shows to be confirmed for this year’s Ventnor Fringe!

Ventnor Fringe, the Island’s multi award winning arts festival, which features gigs, comedy and performances in unusual spaces around Ventnor, will return for its 12th edition from 22nd – 31st July, with the first wave of shows on sale today.

One of the first events to take place after COVID restrictions were lifted last summer, last year the festival broke its pre-covid box office record with over 8,500 attendees exploring the myriad of venues which pop up throughout Ventnor for the Fringe.

In the new ‘Big Top’ be sure to catch the enchanting ‘Hotel Paradiso’ where circus company Lost In Translation’s highly skilled acrobats, clowns and jugglers tell the story of one chaotic hotel and the eccentric staff’s battle to save their home and livelihood from repossession by the dastardly Banker. Will they manage to stay open, or will they be forced to move on?

Meanwhile in the boutique Magpie Tent Let’s Circus follow up on last year’s sold out run and one of the most talked about experiences at the Fringe with a fantastic new production ‘The Good Times Show’ which brings together artists from Japan, Australia and the UK. This comedy driven variety show is a genuine all-ages experience. Expect acrobatics, aerial, comedy, unicycling and a gigantic red balloon!

Dubbed the “Ebony and Ivory of drag” Le Gateau Chocolat and Queen of the Alternative Drag scene, Jonny Woo, deliver hilarious hijinks and shady shenanigans as they ‘Les Misérmassacre’ all the musicals you know and love in ‘A Night At The Musicals’. A celebrated baritone, Le Gateau Chocolat has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Sydney Opera House, and as part of the Olivier- winning La Clique/La Soiree.

For those after comedy the Fringe doesn’t disappoint with stand up from the likes of Taskmaster Champion Lou Sanders, TV regular Jayde Adams, creator of Lee Nelson and the man who famously handed Theresa May a P45 Simon Brodkin just the tip of the iceberg with many more to come. Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Ahir Shah will also be returning to host the ever popular Pick of the Fringe showcase.

For music fans ‘Fringe Fridays’ will present a new opportunity to see a whole roster of new bands over the course of a single day. London post punk outfit Goat Girl are the first headliner to be confirmed, alongside American psychedelic noise rock duo Tonstartssbandht, formed of Edwin and Andy White, long time guitarist in Mac Demarco’s band.

Local music promoters Ears Peeled will also be hosting a whole day of live music headlined by the Island’s very own Plastic Mermaids and Coach Party.

With around 150 shows expected to take part, new additions to the programme will be added regularly at vfringe.co.uk and audience members looking for advice or recommendations can also visit the festival box office at Ventnor Exchange (open 7 days a week from 11am) or by calling (01983) 716767.

King Stammers wins Spirit of the Fringe Award

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We are excited to announce that Tim Martin, better known as King Stammers, has won the first ever Ray Durham Spirit of the Fringe Award, sponsored by Plumridge Self Storage.

Created to recognise an artist who truly embodies the principles and values of  Ventnor Fringe, the inaugural Ray Durham Spirit of the Fringe Award, made possible with the generous support of Plumridges, follows in the footsteps of the first Rouse Ltd Audience Choice Award.

It was unanimous decision within the Ventnor Fringe team that King Stammers, the stage name of Tim Martin should receive this accolade, for his unwavering dedication, commitment and enthusiasm both directly at the Fringe and throughout each year.

Tim is responsible for inspiring new poets through the fortnightly Ventnor Exchange Spoken Word Collective, and his boundless energy kept momentum going throughout lockdown, and resulted in the poets’ first performance together at the Fringe. On top of that, his stage persona King Stammers was able to step in at the very last minute with his thoughtful and hilarious poetry to entertain a sell out crowd for an entire hour after a fellow act missed a ferry!

On receiving the award Tim said “Receiving this award from Ventnor Fringe not only restores my confidence in myself as an artist, but also supported me at a time it was desperately needed.”

The Spirit of the Fringe Award trophy was created by Ventnor artist Paradox Paul, and the trophy is given alongside a cash prize to the winner. Ventnor Fringe would like to thank all of its sponsors for their ongoing and vital support.

Ray Durham (1934 – 2019) , born in Suffolk, had fought in the Korean war, then lived with his family in N. Ireland, before arriving in Ventnor in the 1990’s.  He was a loquacious, friendly and engaging person, well known and liked throughout the town. He loved his music, entertained on the piano, did a mean Freddie Mercury impersonation, and enjoyed any visit to Shanklin Theatre, The award in his memory is sponsored by Plumridge Self Storage where, over 20 years, his humour and engaging character were much appreciated by customers and colleagues alike.

Ventnor Fringe will return over 10 days from Friday July 22nd – Sunday 31st July 2022.

The deadline for artists to register to perform at the festival is midnight on Monday 18th April 2022

Artist Registrations Now Open!

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Every July, the tiny coastal town of Ventnor on the sourthern tip of the Isle of Wight, is transformed for ten days into a unique natural stage for theatre, dance, art installations and music. Registrations are now open for any artist to bring work to present at the festival. 

The Isle of Wight’s largest mixed arts festival Ventnor Fringe has confirmed it will return from 22nd- 31st July 2022 and has now opened registrations for artists looking to take part in this year’s event.

It’s the chance to join creatives and performers from across the UK and beyond at the twelfth edition of this growing and award winning festival. After what has been a difficult time for everyone, this year’s event hopes to once again bring back the joy of live events and shared creative experiences.

The deadline for artists to register to perform at the festival is midnight on Monday 18th April 2022

Against all the odds Ventnor Fringe had its most successful year yet in 2021, breaking all box office records. The event featured over 100 different shows spanning the best new comedy, cabaret, music and theatre with highlights including comedy from Flo & Joan, Lou Sanders and Tez Ilyas, families enthralled by The Greatest Showpeople circus and Cbeebie’s Andy Day and music fans heading to gigs from the likes of Genghar, Los Bitchos and Do Nothing.

Creatives working in all disciplines and at any stage in their career are encouraged to take part in the festival, which has become a real showcase of emerging talent. The Fringe offers support and guidance at every step of the way and anyone interested in performing at Ventnor Fringe 2022 should read the Performers’ Handbook, Venue Pack and register here

Horsebox Theatre Wins Inaugural Audience Choice Award

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The Ventnor Fringe audience have spoken!

We’re thrilled to announce that Horsebox Theatre have won the first ever Audience Choice Award sponsored by Rouse Ltd Financial Planning with the majority of votes for best show at the fringe going to satirical comedy ‘The People’s Republic of the Isle of Wight’

Horsebox Theatre Company, led by Artistic Director Joe Plumb have been creating theatre shows and experiences for all ages from the back of their red curtained horsebox since 2018, popping up at Tapnell farms summer shindigs and The Nuffield Theatre as well as adapting during lockdown by commissioning online plays.

The People’s Republic of the Isle of Wight follows a campaign for IW Independence including plenty of Island in-jokes and audience interaction in the form of citizenship tests. The show also featured Drag artist Fanny Quivers and got laughs from caulkheads and overners alike with multiple sell out performances at Ventnor Fringe’s Comedy & Cabaret Tent.

The award, an artwork in itself, was designed and created by artist Brian Marriott using fused glass and carved wood accompanied by a cash prize for the winner donated by Rouse Ltd to help support future creative commissioning on the Island.

Joe Plumb pictured said “Thank you so much to all the beautiful islanders who voted! It goes to show the overwhelming support there is for Independence on the Isle of Wight. This is just the beginning. First Ventnor, next… the world! “

Ben Rouse said “The Fringe is the culmination of so much hard work and vision and provides much needed joy and happiness to more and more people. Rouse Ltd like the Fringe is Isle of Wight grown and we just wanted to help support this fantastic event with the Audience Choice Award. Well done to Joe on being the first winner and thank you Mhairi, Jack and all the team for letting us contribute in some small way. Fringe on!”

Ventnor Fringe will return over 10 days from Friday July 22nd – Sunday 31st July 2022. Registrations for artists to take part will open soon, keep an eye out on our social media or join our newsletter at ventnorexchange.co.uk for updates.

 

Ventnor Fringe Announces Inaugural Awards

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Ventnor Fringe is excited to announce the introduction of its first ever Festival Awards, and we need your help!

For the first time we’re offering audiences the chance to vote for their favourite show to win the prestigious Audience Choice Award, generously sponsored by local financial advisers Rouse Limited. A second ‘Spirit of the Fringe Award’, named in memory of local resident Ray Durham, will be awarded to an artist, selected by the staff and volunteer team, who most embodies the spirit and ethos of the festival. Specially commissioned trophies have been designed for both awards, which will also come with £500 cash prizes.

Festival Co-Director Jack Whitewood said: “With hundreds of shows and artists to see over the ten days of Ventnor Fringe, and many artists showcasing and testing new material, we wanted to find a way to celebrate audiences’ favourite acts, as well as those performers that go above and beyond to make the event the eccentric, creative feast that it is!

Ben Rouse from Rouse Limited explained: “I have always enjoyed coming to the Fringe not just for the entertainment but also because it provides a much-needed opportunity to showcase the talent of the many bright and original acts that are essentially waiting in the wings for their big break. The arts and entertainment industry has been particularly badly hit over the last 18 months and Rouse Limited is delighted to be able to support this home-grown event that draws on the unique creativity of Ventnor and creates a platform for others to grow. To re-use an old saying: ‘the show must go on!’ – and we want to do what we can to make that happen!

Audiences will be able to vote through the festival website here or using QR codes placed across the event.

 

 

Introducing the Free Fringe!

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Alongside the ticketed shows at the Fringe, there’s also a whole feast of free events and performances to discover in the Free Fringe.

There are more than 100 acts performing around Ventnor in addition the main programme. We take a look at what to expect and where to find them!

Harbourside Stage

The Harbourside Stage is located on the waters edge at Ventnor Harbour. Here you can watch live music every day from 12pm – 5pm. You don’t need to book tickets to any of the performances during the day, just pay what you want at the entrance. There are often ticketed gigs in the evening, with acts like Gengahr, Los Bitchos, Do Nothing and Billy Nomates. After around 9pm there are DJs playing for £3 entry.

You can see the timetable for the Harbourside Stage by clicking here.

 


Parkside Bandstand

The Parkside Bandstand is at Ventnor Park, it’s also full of live music every day from 12pm -5pm. No need to book tickets – just pay what you want at the entrance to the park and then you can stay and watch whichever performances you like. There’s also a variety of workshops and other activities taking place from yoga to ukulele.

You can see the timetable for the Parkside Bandstand by clicking here.

The Book Bus (Tuesday 27th – Saturday 31st July) 

A real Fringe favourite, The Book Bus is set in the grounds of St Catherine’s Church, just opposite the Ventnor Exchange. After browsing this beautiful pop up book shop set in a 1930’s Parisian bus, you can watch a variety of literary and acoustic events in the little garden next door. All of the events here are free and you don’t need to book any tickets or pay to enter. 

You can see the timetable for the Parkside Bandstand by clicking here.

 

Street Theatre & Buskers 

During the Fringe performances often spill out into the streets of Ventnor with buskers and street theatre taking place around the town centre and esplanade. In particular we’d recommend keeping an eye out for Rimski with his Bicycle Piano & Handkerchief, the Double Bassicle as well as roaming Pirates and Giant Seagulls!

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