New guide to Island's arts, ancient and modern

By Emily Pearce

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

 

A GUIDE to the Isle of Wight's burgeoning arts scene has been published, aimed at encouraging culture vultures to visit the Island.

Showcasing the very best of Island arts and culture, from the Diwali-inspired Festival of Light at Robin Hill to the Ventnor Fringe and V-Dub Festival, the Wight Guide to Island Arts aims to boost arts tourism.

It has been published by tourism board Visit Isle of Wight.

The guide celebrates the Island's rich artistic heritage and cultural attractions, from historic houses to music festivals and exhibitions.

It includes a guide to locally produced arts and crafts and a list of galleries and studios, plus information about workshops, ranging from yoga weekends to wildlife photography classes.

Highlights from the events listing include a First World War exhibition at Carisbrooke Castle, Quay Arts' outdoor production of the Globe Theatre's Much Ado About Nothing and actress Celia Imrie's literary coach tours around the Island.

Visit Isle of Wight chief executive David Thornton said: "Cultural attractions and events are particularly strong magnets for tourism and a thriving arts scene can be a big selling point for people looking for a holiday. Tourists not only purchase local art as souvenirs and tickets to events but they also spend money on hotels and restaurants and make use of attractions.

"We believe our new Wight Guide to Island Arts promotes repeat holiday bookings leaving people wanting to see more."

The guide will be available at Island venues, attractions and tourist information points, and from www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

It will also be stocked at selected arts venues across the south.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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