Welcome to Isle of Arts 2015! Four days of artistic events including comedy, drama, literature, music of all kinds, film and visual arts, all together in the lovely seaside resort of Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. Events include wonderful shows for children, fun workshops, street arts, pop up acts, an arts trail through the town and more. See headline names such as Gyles Brandreth, Barry Cryer, Julian Lloyd Webber and Robin Cousins, all down for the weekend to entertain you.
Dance in the aisles to blues from Mud Morganfield and hits made famous by Billy Joel, swing to vintage jazz or a Billie Holiday tribute, enjoy wonderful singer/songwriter Steve Knightley, support young local bands, or choose from many more musical events.
Drama buffs can marvel at the magnificent Linda Marlowe in Berkoff's Women or the stunningly accurate portrayal of Quentin Crisp by Mark Farrelly. Ever wondered what goes into making a hit musical? The brains behind "Revolution: The Musical" will let you in on their secrets!
Classical music is well represented by Julian Lloyd Webber, who talks about his magnificent career, the virtuoso Massive Violins, and Tom Redmond from the Halle Orchestra, who is on a sabbatical from work and entertaining people around the country with his love of playing the horn.
Mark Thompson, BBC Stargzing presenter, will talk about the secrets of the universe, and Antiques Roadshow expert Eric Knowles talks - what else - antiques! Comedian Matt Forde tells us about the great and the good in politics (and Ed Milliband), and rising stars Pat Cahill and Stephen Bailey are live in the Boathouse on Monday.
Children will love the antics of Ceebeebies Little Howard and Squashbox Theatre's Curious Creatures, as well as the chance to get "hands on" with art - and sandcastles.
Sunday sees the first "Great Isle of Wight Paint Off" along Ventnor seafront, with local artists in with a chance to win a great prize for their efforts. Don't miss it, it's compulsive watching!
Centenary films are shown each afternoon in the local Arts Club, and there is even a comedy ghost walk. In fact there are more than fifty events across the bank holiday weekend, from 5 pm on Friday and from 11 am until 11 pm on the other days, so head down to Ventnor and enjoy the Isle of Arts Festival. We look forward to seeing you.
See the website for details of times, venues and prices for events. Tickets are available at the box office in the Winter Gardens or from Seasons newsagents in the town's High Street, and at the door of venues if not sold out.