It is with great regret that we have to inform you that there will be no future Isle of Arts Festivals. We have greatly enjoyed putting on the Festival these last five years, watching it grow and be enthusiastically received by our audiences. We would also like to acknowledge the invaluable support of our sponsors, advertisers, Festival Friends, local businesses and individuals and of course our wonderful volunteers.
Unfortunately the artistic success of the event was not matched by a financial one; four years of having to house our main events in a marquee (with all its associated costs) and the fact that we wanted to keep ticket prices as low as possible to make the Festival inclusive to all, meant that the organisers have had to make good a substantial shortfall each year.
Several requests for support from the Arts Council proved unsuccessful and in the current economic climate commercial sponsorship is ever harder to secure, which unfortunately leads us to conclude that it would not be prudent to start planning another Festival for 2016.
We would like to thank everyone for the support shown to Isle of Arts during the last five years.