Mananan International

Festival of Music and the Arts

Founded in 1975


The Annual Mananan International Festival of Music and Arts is a performing arts festival held every year in late June/ early July at the Erin Arts Centre, in the lovely seaside resort of Port Erin, Isle of Man.  2019 saw the 45th Mananan Festival.  The festival is named after Mananan, the Manx mythological sea god.


Performances are mainly classical music but the festival has also included folk, jazz, cabaret, drama, dance, puppets, indian music, magic, lectures, talks, films, BBC Radio 3 broadcasts, art exhibitions, youth competitions, audiences with celebrities and floral demonstrations.




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




The Festival brings stars from all over the world to the intimate stage of the Erin Arts Centre; the cultural venue of the south and the Isle of Man's premier classical music venue is situated just off the upper promenade, in Victoria Square, Port Erin.


The Mananan Festival was the brainchild of John Bethell who began the Festival in 1975, to bring music to the people of the island. Mananan has grown over the years to become a critically acclaimed and internationally recognised Festival.  John is thought to be the longest serving festival director, having organised all 45 festivals.


“Google” any of the performers in our line-up and you will find a plethora of famous names and prestigious locations.  Where else on the Isle of Man could you see such a diverse range of top quality talent during one event?  With a different event each evening, it promises something for everyone.


The 2020 Manana Festival is now cancelled because of the Corvid-19 restrictions.  it is hoped that the line-up for the 2021 festival will be the same as for 2020.  Artistes are being contacted and asked to come next year.

The line up for the 2020 Mananan Festival was

Monday 22nd June - The Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage CBE

Tuesday 23rd June - Floral Arts with Nick Grounds

Wednesday 24th June - Benyounes String Quartet

Thursday 25th June - Leon McCawley (piano)

Friday 26th June - Aurora Percussion Duo

Saturday 27th June - Scott Brothers (piano and organ)

Sunday 28th June - Young Singer of Mann 2020 Final

Sunday 28th June - Adam Westcott (Flamenco Guitar)

Monday 29th June - Stuart Jackson (Tenor) with Julius Drake (piano)

Tuesday 30th June - Patrick Rafter (violin) with Michael McHale (piano)

Wednesday 1st July - Liz Grand 'My Life with Winston'

Thursday 2nd July - Leonard Harp Quartet with David Williams

Friday 3rd July - The Dime Notes (Trad Jazz Quartet)

Saturday 4th July - Worbey & Farrell (piano)

Sir Laurence

& Lady New

Mr Clive Coates

Miss Ann Murray

Rev. Roger Harper

Peter and Heather Long

Many thanks to all of our promised sponsors for the 2020 festival!

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