Author: Valerie Caine

Local Song Chosen for Pan Celtic Song Contest in Ireland

  Manx group Biskee Brisht recently won the local competition to choose a song to go forward for the annual Pan-Celtic Song Contest, which will take place in Ireland later this year. This is the second time in succession that

Illiam Dhone Commemorated at Hango Hill

Onlookers gathered as usual on the 2nd January at the site known as Hango Hill, near Castletown, to commemorate the death of Illiam Dhone who was executed at this windswept location during the seventeenth century. A landmark event on the

Christmas Cultural Events on the Isle of Man

   If you’re looking for something a little different during the festive season, there’s an excellent opportunity to participate in a number of long standing Manx events which will give an insight into the unique cultural identity of the Isle

Island Represented at Cornish Festival

With the popular Cornish festival Lowender Peran on schedule for early November, Manx participants will soon be packing their musical instruments and dancing shoes for this annual extravaganza, but this year’s invited group could prove to be a bit of

Manx Performers Fly the Flag at Lorient Inter-Celtic Festival

Recognised as one of Europe’s largest festivals, the Lorient Inter-Celtic Festival will be celebrating the Year of Scotland this month, with the prospect of more than seven hundred and fifty thousand visitors attending an extensive programme of events. Some of

All the Fun’s in Peel this Weekend………………………!

     All roads lead to Peel during the first weekend of August, when the popular fishing port comes alive to the sights and sounds of the town’s annual carnival and welcomes a number of vessels to the long standing Traditional

Celtfest Isle of Man – A Fresh New Look for a Familiar Festival

   In an effort to introduce Manx and Celtic culture to a wider audience, the much-loved Yn Chruinnaght Inter-Celtic Festival has been given a make-over, but still remains largely based in Peel. With the committee members of Yn Chruinnaght as

Ned Maddrell Lecture Highlights Work of the Turas Mission in East Belfast

Each year a guest speaker is invited to deliver a talk on either language, culture or identity under the banner of the Ned Maddrell Lecture, organised jointly by Culture Vannin and Yn Ҫheshaght Ghailckagh (The Manx Language Society) and will

Celtfest Isle of Man – A Fresh New Look for a Familiar Festival!

There’s a fresh new look for a familiar festival later this month as the much cherished Yn Chruinnaght Inter-Celtic Festival steps forward with a resplendent new make-over, in an effort to introduce Manx and Celtic culture to a wider audience.

New Film Reveals Details about the Manx Tradition of Bollan Bane

   Wearing a sprig of Bollan Bane (aka mugwort or white wort) in your lapel on Tynwald Day (the Isle of Man’s National Day) has long been recognised as a colloquial protection against ‘themselves’ or the fairies, but the release

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