Author: Louisa Thomas

Young Singer of Mann 2024 – applications now open!

You can complete the form online by clicking the image above, or collect a printed copy from the Erin Arts Centre box office in Port Erin (call 835858 or email [email protected] for more information). Juniors (7-12 years) – Saturday 27th January 2024 – 2pm start Seniors (13-18 years) – Saturday 28th January 2024 – 2pm start Closing date for entries – Friday 12th January 2024 – 4pm The competition will take place over a single round on [read more…]

Otherworld – a community exhibition for the spooky season

We are staging a community exhibition here at Erin Arts Centre, inviting open submissions from local artists, taking their inspiration from any aspect of the spooky season! All Hallows, All Saints, Hop Tu Naa, Halloween, Samhain, Day of the Dead, is a time of remembrance, of honouring the ancestors and the departed, a time when the veil between this world and the Otherworld is thin, allowing the spirits to move freely between the earthly and [read more…]

Port Erin Jazz Festival 2023

Those hazy September days on the beach are stretching out towards autumn and there’s jazz in the air! The Port Erin Jazz Festival is back for a third instalment with a thrilling and eclectic lineup. Tickets will fly so get them quick!  FRIDAY 6th OCTOBER – 7.30pm – ERIN ARTS CENTRE – TICKETS £20  ROBIN NOLAN TRIO  (support from BLUE TRAIN BIG BAND)  The festival opens at the Erin Arts Centre with local heroes, the Blue Train Big Band who [read more…]

September at the EAC

Hello Everyone and Welcome Back! We hope you’ve all had a lovely summer and are primed for the exciting new season of EAC events. We kick off the month with the King of the Waltz, Andre Rieu’s annual summer extravaganza, “Love is All Around”, screened from Vrijthof Square, Maastricht. Expect popular sing-alongs, sumptuous waltzes and dancing in the streets….oh and big, big hair! Olga Stone and Kristene Sutcliffe keep up the amorous theme on September 10th  with ‘Love is [read more…]

Mananan Festival 2023 – See You Next Year

A fantastic and varied week of performances. Simon Armitage finally took the stage for a show originally scheduled for 2020 and cancelled in the pandemic. He began, appropriately enough, with his classic poem Thank you for Waiting and for the next hour took us on a journey that was by turns hilarious, poignant and profound. Afterwards he signed books and answered questions about his work and about how a comprehensive school lad from Marsden became [read more…]

Mananan Festival 2023 – The Halfway Point

Festival week has flown by so far! We’ve already heard from poet laureate Simon Armitage, musical manx female celebration Creeaght, excitable chamber ensemble A4 Brass and leading pianist Tim Horton, and we’ve still got RANT fiddle quartet, jazz-funk-blues locals Blue Vannin, visiting jazz cats The Harvey/O’Higgins Project and a wartime-romance book launch with Shirley Mann to come! You can listen to Anna Massie from RANT on her radio show Travelling Folk at the link below, [read more…]

Mananan Festival 2023 – Newsletter

Hi everyone, hope you’ve all been enjoying the sunshine. As promised in the June newsletter, we’re releasing a second instalment dedicated solely to this year’s festival. Please find your guide to all things Mananan 2023 below! Mananan Festival week starts on the 26th June with a reading and Q&A by Poet Laureate, novelist, musician and broadcaster Simon Armitage. Simon has won  numerous prizes and awards, including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and the PEN [read more…]

June Newsletter

The sun’s out, there are bikes buzzing round the Island and it’s Mananan Festival month! What more could you ask from early summer? We begin with the last opera screening of the current season from the New York Met and it’s the one everyone’s been waiting for! One of opera’s most beloved works, Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) receives its first new Met staging in 19 years. Director Simon McBurney’s lets loose a volley of theatrical flourishes, incorporating projections, sound [read more…]

New event for this year’s Mananan Festival

We’ve added a final event to this year’s Mananan Festival to wind down on Sunday afternoon. FREE EVENT The award-winning war novelist Shirley Mann, will be talking about and signing copies of her new book, ‘Bridget’s War,’ as the final event of this year’s festival. The book features a policewoman in the Rushen Internment Camp on the Island and is the fourth in a series of books inspired by real women who served in World [read more…]