mananan international festivals

Due to Covid restrictions, the 2020 & 2021 events were cancelled. Watch this space for further announcements.

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 and the 2021 festival will not be taking place. 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 2020 Opera (Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte) did not take place. This has been rescheduled for 2021 and we are currently awaiting an announcement.

  • Simon Armitage CBE, the Poet Laureate
  • Nick Grounds, Floral Art Demonstration
  • Benyounes String Quartet
  • Leon McCawley, piano recital
  • Aurora Percussion Duo
  • Scott Brothers Fairy Tales & Fantasy
  • Scott Brothers Duo, piano and organ recital
  • Adam Westcott, Flamenco guitar
  • Stuart Jackson (tenor) with Julius Drake (piano)
  • Patrick Rafter (violin) with Michael McHale (piano)
  • Liz Grand, “Mrs Churchill – My Life with Winston”
  • Leonard Harp Quartet with David Wiliams
  • The Dime Notes, jazz quartet
  • Worbey & Farrell, pianists extraordinaire.

For enquiries, contact the Mananan Festival Office:
: +44(0) 1624 835858
: [email protected]

Festival Patrons:
Stephen Hough CBE (pictured, 2009 – Present)
Lady Barbirolli, OBE (1987 – 2008)
The Earl of Harewood (1984 – 1986)
Sir John Betjeman (1977 – 1984)

Major General Sir Laurence New CB, CBE
Founder & Director:
John Bethell MBE, D Mus (Hon) HonRNCM