MEET THE Team
MISSION STATEMENT: All Wight Now educates, inspires and entertains the widest possible audience and preserves the musical and cultural legacy of the historic 1968, 1969 and 1970 Isle of Wight festivals.
Guy Portelli PVPRBA FRBS
Guy Portelli is a sculptor who came to the public attention through his appearance on BBC TV's Dragons Den in 2008. Guy has also worked in advertising, television and event management. His particular interest is the crossover between art and music, and he has created many sculptures inspired by pop icons, including two projects directly linked to the IW Festivals. Many IoW Festival artists from the original 1968-69-70 events have contributed outlines of their hands for this project. He was an exhibitor at the 2018 AWN anniversary event to celebrate the inaugural 1968 IoW Festival. Author of Modern British Sculpture published by Schiffer.
Peter Harrigan is All Wight Now’s direct link with the original festivals. He was publicity director for the biggest of those famous events, held in 1969 and 1970. IoW born, he subsequently lived and worked for more than four decades in West Africa and the Middle East. He is a contributing editor of Aramco World Magazine and has advised on a Unesco World Heritage Site museums project in Saudi Arabia, publishing several books on the living heritage site in four languages. He is founder of Medina Publishing, which produces books for both the western market and the Arab World. Titles include the definitive and acclaimed two volumes on the IoW Festivals by organiser Ray Foulk..
Since Paul’s first gig at the age of 12, he has balanced his musical career with various other roles in the arts. From running a successful bookstore for 20 years, to more recently taking over the helm of Quay Arts on the IoW. With six critically acclaimed solo albums under his belt, Paul has performed at many of the biggest and best festivals both here in the UK and in Europe where he regularly tours.
Jan Peters (Secretary)
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Bill Bradshaw: Award-winning Fleet Street journalist, editor and broadcaster. As a music columnist he interviewed stars such as Marc Bolan, Sonja Kristina, Billy Fury, David Essex and Cliff Richard before switching to sport. He won two national Sports Journalist of the Year awards and hosted shows for Sky Sports News. Just ended a four-year stint as Features Editor of the IoW County Press.