Festivals & Competitions

Festivals and Competitions

Since the Erin Arts Centre's foundation in 1971, it has received international recognition as home to a number of prestigious events:

Mananan International Festivals

The International Mananan Festival of Music & the Arts was founded in 1975 and comprise two major annual events. The Mananan Festival held in June each year, and Mananan Opera held in September each year.

Major General Sir Laurence New CB, CBE
Founder and Director

John Bethell MBE, D Mus (Hon)
Patron of the Summer Festival
Stephen Hough
Patron of the Opera Festival

Margaret Curphey

Barbirolli International Oboe Festival & Competition

Founded by the late Evelyn Barbirolli in 1993, this is an event of exceptional quality which stands as a lasting memorial to her. The festival, now based in the Erin Arts Centre, has attracted competitors from as far away as Australia, China and the United States.

President and Artistic Advisor
George Caird
John Bethell MBE, D Mus (Hon)
Daniel Barenboim
Sir Mark Elder CBE
Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Professor Colin Lawson
Raymond Leppard
Julian Lloyd Webber
Sir Simon Rattle

Lionel Tertis International Viola Festival & Competition

Under the guidance of John Bethell, and the current Festival president, Yuri Bashmet, the Lionel Tertis International Viola Festival & Competition has received worldwide acclaim.

Honorary President
Yuri Bashmet
John Bethell MBE, D Mus (Hon)


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Isle of Man Arts Council Member of the British Arts Festivals Association

Erin Arts Centre

President: Raymond Leppard CBE

Member of BFFS
Erin Arts Centre
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