Buckle up for an Adventure! This spring will see the launch of the very first
Isle of Wight Children’s Festival, taking place during the Easter Holidays from
the 12th– 14th April 2018.
For three days the Ventnor Exchange team (Creators of the award winning Ventnor Fringe) will be
transforming the Island’s Quay Arts Centre in Newport into a hub of activity and fun for families by
hosting incredible performances, spell binding storytelling, magical experiences, mad games and
A new event made entirely for families the Isle of Wight Children’s Festival will see two of the
Island’s most prolific arts organisations working together to create a truly unique experience for
young people in the area.
It’s affordable too, with loads of free events promised and all ticketed shows £7.50 and under.
Among the first shows to be announced is the story of ‘Yana and the Yeti’ a beautiful show created
over several months in the far north of Norway, by the acclaimed Bristol based puppeteers Pickled
Image. This will be joined by Tove Jansson’s famous creation ‘The Moomins’ brought to life on stage
by the Get Lost & Found collective from Brighton.
Ventnor Exchange’s Director Jack Whitewood said “The ambition here is to raise the profile of the
needs of children on the Island and to provide a range of opportunities aimed specifically at young
people and their families. We want to ensure everyone can have access to amazing arts and cultural
experiences, whatever their background.”
Quay Arts Artistic Director Paul Armfield added ‘Quay Arts is for everybody and I’m really excited at
the prospect of filling the venue with young children and their parents. Ventnor Exchange have put
together a really inspired programme of events that will give an awful lot of pleasure not just to
children but also their parents and grandparents. It will be a magical few days.’