Bestival’s feast of art

By Martin Neville

Published on Friday, July 05, 2013 - 07:00


Bestival’s feast of art

Courtney Pine, above, will be performing at the first Lost At Sea festival on the Isle of Wight.

A STAR-studded line-up, including one of the world’s finest and most recognised jazz saxophonists, Courtney Pine, has been brought together by the creators of Bestival for a new Isle of Wight arts festival from August 31 to September 5.

Taking place in the week leading up to Bestival, Lost At Sea promises an eclectic programme of music, film, talks, theatre and comedy at venues across the Isle of Wight.

It will feature respected restaurant critic and BBC One Show reporter Jay Rayner, who will host a four-course dinner at the Gurnard seafront restaurant, Little Gloster, as well as TV comics Andrew Maxwell and Benny Boot and Radio 1 DJ and Bestival founder, Rob da Bank.

He said: "Ever since we started Bestival a decade ago we’ve met so many interesting musicians, film makers, artists, actors, poets, philosophers and all round free thinkers on the Isle of Wight.

"For a while I’ve thought about running a small and wide ranging arts and thought festival on the Island and myself and everyone else at Bestival HQ are very proud to announce our inaugural Lost At Sea."

Saturday, August 31 - Hag, at Quay Arts, Newport. 2.30pm to 7pm

Hag is a captivating show that fuses live action, puppetry, music and physical theatre by The Wrong Crowd. The cast will also be running a workshop for ten to 16 year olds.

Saturday, August 31 - Rob da Bank’s King Kong Alternative Soundtrack, Robin Hill Woods. 7pm

Bestival founder Rob, has chosen an eclectic collection of tracks to accompany the 1933 classic adventure-fantasy film, King Kong.

Sunday, September 1 - The Amazing Bubble Show, Medina Theatre, Newport. 11am

This incredible stage show celebrates the magic, art, science and the pure unadulterated joy of bubbles! For kids aged 2-11.

Sunday, September 1 - The Salon du The Express; an Edwardian Adventure by Rail, IW Steam Railway, Havenstreet. 2pm

Delight in this unique and magical family theatrical train ride aboard the award winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

Sunday, September 1 - Sea Shanty Sundowners with The Crew & The Dollypopps, Little Gloster, Gurnard. 4.30pm

Watch the sun setting over the Solent as you listen to Sea Shanty harmonies lilting on the breeze, sipping a rum-punch sundowner.

Monday, September 2 - Philosophy Bites: A Slice of Real Life, Royal Hotel, Ventnor. 7pm

David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton, from the hugely popular podcasts and website Philosophy Bites present a Slice of Real Life, through their insightful discussions of Love, Death, Charity and Happiness.

Tuesday, September 3 - Jay Rayner: A Greedy Man in a Hungry World, Little Gloster, Gurnard. 7pm

Highly respected restaurant critic and BBC One Show reporter Jay Rayner will be hosting an exquisite dinner at the beautiful seafront restaurant, the Little Gloster.

Tuesday, September 3 - Andrew Maxwell and Benny Boot, Quay Arts, Newport. 8pm

Double bill of comedy at Quay Arts, featuring Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and TV star Andrew Maxwell, and Benny Boot, hailed by critics and comics alike as one of the UK’s greatest and most original joke writers.

Wednesday, September 4 - Courtney Pine supported by IOW Youth Orchestra, Newport Minster, The Parish Centre, Newport. 7.30pm

An opportunity to catch a musical legend at work. The finest and most recognised jazz saxophonist on the planet, the mercurial Courtney Pine.

Jay Rayner, Andrew Maxwell and Sea Shanty Sundowners


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