mananan international festivals


The Mananan International Festivals, established in 1975, are among the Isle of Man's most prestigious cultural events, and rank among the finest festivals in the British Isles. The Main Festival is held during the last 2 weeks of June with an event every evening and sometimes during daytimes. The Opera Festival is held every September and includes a live opera.

For a small fee, you can become a Friend of the Mananan Festival. Joing the Friends entitles you to priority booking for all Festival events.

The June 2020 Mananan Festival has been cancelled. The artistes who were booked to appear in 2020 are listed below. It is hoped that they will all take part in the 2021 festival. It is also hoped that the current lockdown will end enabling us to hold our annual Opera Festival in September.

  • 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, piano

  • For enquiries, contact the Mananan Festival Office:
    : +44(0) 1624 835858

    The late Lady Evelyn Barbirolli OBE was Patron of the Mananan International Festival of Music and the Arts. She had been Patron since 1987. Previous Patrons have been Sir John Betjeman (1977-1987) and the Earl of Harewood (1984-1986). The present patron is the distinguished pianist Stephen Hough.


    Become a Friend of the Mananan Festivals

    The picture to the left is of Mananan, the mythical sea god who protects the Isle of Man and is the symbol of the Mananan Festivals. Drawing by Eric Austwick from The Mananan Collection, Ellynyn ny Gael.


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