The Erin Arts Centre is a celebrated performing arts venue, cinema and gallery situated in the beautiful seaside village of Port Erin. A registered charity and nonprofit organisation, we provide a diverse and dynamic programme of events for the Island community.

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After careful consideration and with great disappointment, the Erin Arts Centre is cancelling this year’s Young Singer and Musician competitions.

We want the competitions to be a source of enjoyment and don’t feel that it’s an appropriate climate in which to make extra demands of young people, their teachers, or our staff and patrons.

If it is possible to reschedule the competitions without disrupting other events, exams etc, we shall endeavour to do so, otherwise we’ll go again next year.

We’d like to thank all the applicants for their imaginative entries; we’ve tried to run events wherever possible but this feels like the right thing to do. It’s not the start of the year we wanted but thank you for your understanding

The EAC Team

Latest News

  • Calling All Artists!
    We are always on the lookout for painters, sculptors, photographers, who are interested in showing their work in our gallery. Contact us on Facebook, [email protected] or on 835858
  • Rushen Heritage Talk Postponed
    Rushen Heritage Trust have postponed their illustrated talk, ‘Around the South in 30 Objects,’ with Allison Fox. This event was scheduled for Monday 10th January @ 7.30pm.Further information about a new date, refunds and rebooking will be announced on Monday.
  • Cinderella screening cancelled
    We regret to announce that Saturday 8th’s screening of the opera ‘Cinderella’ from the New York Met is cancelled. We are currently closed due to Covid related staff absences and are unable to staff the event safely. We apologise for any disappointment caused and will refund any tickets sold. Thanks for your understanding. The EAC
  • Sorry, we are closed.
    We hope you had an enjoyable Christmas and that 2022 brings happiness and success!Unfortunately, the EAC will remain closed this week due to Covid related staff absences. Sorry for any inconvenience and we’ll keep you updated regarding our events. Stay safe.                         The EAC  Team
  • Feedback wanted!
    2021 has been a strange year, but we have really felt the support from the community on the IOM and we can’t thank you enough! At the Centre, we are always looking to improve the service we provide. So, we thought we’d give you all a chance to let us know how well we have [read more…]

Opening Hours

Tuesday10.00am – 4:30pm
Wednesday10.00am – 4:30pm
Thursday10.00am – 4:30pm
Friday10.00am – 4:30pm
The gallery is also open when events are on


The Mananan International Festivals

Named after the mythological, Manx sea god, The Mananan International Festivals are our own, special, annual celebration of the performing arts. Established in 1975 by John Bethell, the June/July festival brings a diverse programme of music, drama, dance, spoken word and more, to the Arts Centre. Due to Covid restrictions, the 2020 event was cancelled. Watch this space for further announcements.

The Mananan Opera Festival takes place in September, welcoming a small, resident company to rehearse and perform a live opera on our intimate stage. Once again, due to Covid, the 2021 Opera (Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte) will not take place.

The Barbirolli International Oboe Festival and Competition

The Barbirolli International Oboe Festival and Competition takes place triennially, at the Erin Arts Centre, Isle of Man. One of the most prestigious oboe events in the world, it is named after the celebrated oboist and writer Evelyn Rothwell, Lady Barbirolli. Her vision to encourage a wider appreciation of the oboe, to advance excellence in playing and to expand the repertoire for the oboe is mirrored in an event which gives young emerging oboists the chance to compete for one of the coveted prizes whilst also participating in a week of recitals, masterclasses, ensembles and other activities.

Due to Covid restrictions, 2020’s event was cancelled and the next competition will take place in March 2023.

Lionel Tertis International Viola Festival & Competition

Lionel Tertis, the greatest viola player of the 20th century, died in February 1975, at the age of 98. A fund was set up with the primary objective of establishing an international Viola Festival to commemorate the work that he undertook for that instrument throughout his long and active life.

Such a competition would provide a unique incentive to the growing number of viola players all over the world who wish to pursue a solo or chamber music career. So the Lionel Tertis International Viola Festival & Competition was born.

This triennial event is now well-established and known throughout the musical world. Players of all nationalities are invited to take part in the competition, workshops and masterclasses. The event is administered by the Erin Arts Centre with funding from the Lionel Tertis Foundation and the Isle of Man Arts Council.

The next competition will take place in 2023.


The Port Purlers Charity Knitting Group

are delighted to have a home at the Erin Arts Centre.

We meet on Tuesday afternoons from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in Harry’s Bar. Over the last nine years we have made thousands of garments which we have donated mainly to children’s charities. These charities include, Chernobyl’s Children, Nobles Hospital, Bradford Royal Infirmary, Rumanian charities, Graih, Beekeepers in Burundi and now the Erin Arts Centre too. We are always grateful for gifts of knitting yarn and suggestions of charities needing support. You can see some of our work for sale in the Gallery at the Arts Centre.

Beginners, improvers and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome to join this friendly group. Please contact Margaret Galloway for further information: Mobile 07624 456766 Home 01624 837946

Book Circle

Are you a book lover? Interested in sharing your views in a group of like-minded people? Then join the Book Circle.

The Book Circle has met once a month since October 2004 and is open to all Erin Arts Club members. Meetings are on Wednesdays from 1.30 to 3.30pm.

Art Club

The Art Club meets every Thursday in Harry’s Bar from 2pm-4pm to draw, paint and chat. Artists of all ability welcome. Contact EAC for more details.


We currently operate a dual membership for the ‘Erin Arts Club’ and ‘Friends of the Mananan Festival’ groups. This system is currently under review. If you are interested in joining, please contact us.


Phone +44 (0)1624 835858
Email [email protected]


The Erin Arts Centre
Victoria Square, Off Upper Promenade
Port Erin
Isle of Man IM9 6LD
British Isles