The Ventnor Fringe Festival is just around the corner and it is full steam ahead in the run-up to the event, with this year’s full program now complete.
In total, more than 300 artists will be showcasing and performing in ‘pop up’ venues and spaces throughout Ventnor from 14th – 17th August, coinciding with the annual Carnival celebrations. Based on the famous Edinburgh Fringe, VFringe has grown year on year since it’s launch by a team of teenagers in 2010 and this summer’s event promises to be the most adventurous to date.
Spanning theatre to comedy, cabaret to visual arts the Fringe also hosts the self contained Isle of Wight Film Festival and new Spire Sessions Music event.
Renowned for creating unusual venues the Fringe will once again be occupying churches, shops, gardens and even front rooms as well as re-creating ‘The Observatory’ a unique cocktail bar on Ventnor Seafront bandstand, with 360-degree views of Ventnor Bay.
New venues and spaces this year will also include a street food market and performance space on Ventnor Esplanade, inspired by London’s famous Southbank and a new ‘Woodland Area’ with a host of intimate performances and strange goings on as well as a new bar and Yurt theatre venue nestled amongst the trees.
The Fringe will come to a close on Saturday night with a one off ‘Last Night of The Fringe’ concert at Holy Trinity Church featuring performers from across the Festival such as Marques Toliver and Liam Bailey as well as a host of special guests including Paul Butler of The Bees. The artists will all come together for a unique experiment in a jam session like no other!
Fans of the Fringe can also join a new membership scheme for £20 a year, which provides a range of benefits including ‘2 for 1’ ticket deals on many shows across the Fringe and access to a new ‘Secret Bar’ – relocated to a mystery location for 2013. Funds raised will be used to create a new year round home for the Festival, which will open in a ‘pop up’ capacity as a Box Office at 6 Church Street, Ventnor and be open daily from 16th July.
Visitors wishing to camp at this years event can book a pitch in Ventnor for the first time on the website from £10 per person or stay in boutique camping Tipis or airstream caravans hosted by Vintage Vacations. Full details and prices on the website or Facebook page.
The full line up of events is available to view online at www.vfringe.co.uk as well as in free printed program available across the Island from the end of this week.