mananan international festivals


The annual 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 Festival is held during the last 2 weeks of June with an event every evening and sometimes during the daytime at weekends. Tickets are on sale for Friends of Mananan Festival on 11th March. Tickets are on sale to the general public from 1st April.

The 2018 Festival was a resounding success and artistes for 2019 include:

  • Tasmin Little (violin) with Martin Roscoe (piano)
  • Worbey & Farrell
  • Red Priest
  • Anna Prohaska (soprano) with Julius Drake (piano)
  • Katona Twins (Guitars)
  • Jazz Quartet with Zoe Rahman
  • An early Balfe Opera "The Sleeping Queen"
  • Peter Donohoe (piano)
  • The Brodsky String Quartet
  • Jonathan & Tom Scott (organ and piano).
  • Kabantu will be returning after a very popular concert in the 2018 Mananan Festival and numerous requests to bring them back.
  • Andrew Killian who gave us the lectures on Shakespeare will give an illustrated talk on the history of musicals.

  • For more details of each event, you can download the preview brochure by clicking on the image below.

    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.


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    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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