About

The Ventnor Exchange is an innovative creative hub on the Isle of Wight combining a theatre, record store and craft beer bar.

 

Throughout the year we present a diverse and exciting programme  of new work, nurture emerging talent and host award winning festivals.

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Ventnor Exchange aims to foster and develop a unique creative community and economy on the Isle of Wight.

As an independent producing organisation we work with creative’s across many disciplines; developing new work, events and products. In 2014 we opened our home at 11 Church Street, Ventnor in the town’s former Post Office.

Now housing a studio theatre, record store and bar it’s the best place on the Island to catch new creative work of all disciplines, as well as the perfect place to browse vinyl, meet friends and relax with like minded people.

We also host three annual festivals, the Isle of Wight Children’s Festival, held each April in Newport, Ventnor Fringe in July and Ventnor International Festival in November.

Our work

Ventnor Fringe

Created in 2010 the festival follows the core principles of the famous Edinburgh Fringe that inspired it, in which any artist can take part. Since then, the Ventnor Fringe has gradually grown into one of the Island’s most exciting new festivals, attracting more than 300 performers each year from all over the world.

Take the pilgrimage and enjoy a midnight ‘lock in‘ at the Library, ‘pop up’ cinemas, basement bars, pianos in the streets, gigs in locals’ houses, mystery tours, woodland sing-alongs and intimate church shows in and around the eclectic hillside town of Ventnor.

Ventnor Fringe will return in July 2019

Ventnor International Festival

VIF is the Isle of Wight’s unique take on the metropolitan/city based music festival. Featuring a carefully curated line up of the most exciting emerging artists from across the UK and beyond, it’s a place to discover the next big thing.  A single ticket provides access to a whole range of interesting venues, from warehouses to churches, spanning rock, garage, electronic, hip hop and jazz.

VIF will return in November 2019

Exchange Young Creatives

Whether you’re aspiring for a professional career in the arts, looking to learn some new skills or simply want to hang out with like minded people register now and get involved.   Signing up takes take just a few minutes and once completed you’ll instantly have access to loads of great perks

Exchange Young Creatives give young people the opportunity to work with industry professionals and artists to develop their skills and learn new ones by taking part in specially tailored workshops and masterclasses.

Our Commissions

At the core of what we do is to create innovative and exciting commissions that challenge, entertain and celebrate our audiences

Each year we commission a range of new work, primarily within the broad spectrum of theatre, which has in the past included working with spoken word artists, devising groups, puppeteers and animators.

We’ve also commission a range of activity as part of our Urban Experiments project which aims to explore new ways to engage with our urban landscapes. Check out our latest project on this here

You can find out more about each of our shows from on their specific pages soon.

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