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 and Opera Festivals have been cancelled but the artistes have all agreed to come in 2021. The 2021 Mananan line-up is below and the 2021 opera will be Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart.

  • 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

    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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