Island festival celebrates culture and the arts

Radio SOOP is being performed at the Isle of Arts festival on the Isle of Wight on April 21.
Radio SOOP is being performed at the Isle of Arts festival on the Isle of Wight on April 21.
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The festival season is nearly upon us and the Isle of Wight is celebrating the arts this weekend with the Isle of Arts Festival.

Based in Ventnor on the island, the main acts includes grandstand music with classical singer Aled Jones, an evening with the new chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, Sandi Toksvig, and Guide Award runner-up Radio Soop taking the audience back to the golden era of radio.

Events throughout the weekend include a celebration of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula who died 100 years ago this month.

Presenter of Radio 4’s The News Quiz, Sandi Toksvig, will be hosting an evening of conversation tomorrow, while elsewhere at the Boat House there will be jazz and funk music from saxophonist John Helliwell and his band Creme Anglaise.

During the day Radio Soop, an original piece of work by Portsmouth-based professional theatre company SOOP, is being performed at 3pm.

The following day broadcaster and cook Hardeep Singh Kohli will be performing his sell-out Edinburgh Fringe show, The Nearly Naked Chef, while elsewhere singer and musical theatre star Aled Jones will join the Newchurch Male Voice Choir and the Hart Male Voice Choir.

For more information about events and times go to artsisle.org.

Tickets for individual events cost £5 to £28 from the Isle of Arts on (01983) 862596 or go to artsisle.org.