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A giant 3-storey mural has been created by the world famous street artist Phlegm for the launch of the Ventnor Fringe this week, which runs until 12th August.

Depicting one of the artists famous characters holding the town of Ventnor on it’s back the creation has been inspired by the architecture, geography and people of the town.

Phlegm’s distinctive black and white murals span across the globe from Toronto to London and the ‘Ventnor Giant’ artwork has already been viewed all over the world online. The commission also represents the launch of Lift The Lid, a new island wide campaign which aims to reignite a sense of pride and passion in local town’s and their cultural heritage and will see many more artworks and activities over the next 2 years.

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Ventnor Fringe will host over 70 different shows as well as 100’s of performances within the Free Fringe this week in locations throughout the town.

Jack Whitewood, Director of the Ventnor Exchange which organises the Fringe said:

“The Fringe has been transforming underused spaces around the town ever since we started back in 2010. Every year the ambition grows and the number and caliber or artists making the journey to Ventnor continues to rise. It’s amazing seeing the town come to life and the creations of the festival gradually spilling into year round creative activity”.

You can view the mural on the main High street as you enter the town centre from Shanklin direction. A free guided walk around an Arts Trail leaves from Ventnor Harbour at midday every day of the Fringe.

The mural has been created with the support of Lift The Lid, Down To The Coast and Ventnor Exchange. For more information on the Fringe visit

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