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Erin Arts Centre
Erin Arts Centre is one of Britain's leading Arts Centres, known for its groundbreaking music and opera programmes including the Mananan Festival and Mananan Opera Festival. EAC runs over 200 events each year open to the public providing a varied programme of instrumental recitals, small orchestral ensembles, choral concerts, opera and film. It runs the Tertis Competition for young viola players, the Barbirolli Competition for oboists, both the leading competitions in the world for these instruments. The Tertis attracts many more international entrants than the other world leading viola competitions in Moscow and Munich. Opened in 1971, Erin Arts Centre can be found in what was formally the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Victoria Square.
Sir James Mellon Art Gallery
The Sir James Mellon Gallery, within Erin Arts Centre, was opened in 1994 and hosts an annual programme of arts and crafts projects and exhibitions. Gallery exhibitions are open Monday to Friday 10:30am - 4:30pm and 30 minutes before events.
The Erin Arts Centre headline event is the annual Mananan Festival, a must for classical music lovers but spans folk, jazz, drama, dance, puppets, talks, films and art featuring artists world wide.The festival was founded by John Bethell in 1975 and is supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council. John Bethell has directed the festival from its beginning. Patrons have included Sir John Betjeman, The Earl of Harewood and Lady Barbirolli. The present patron is the pianist, Stephen Hough. The Festival is held during the last 2 weeks of June with an event every evening and sometimes during the daytime at weekends.
Tertis International Viola Competition
The Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition is an international music competition for viola players established in 1980 to honour the memory of the English viola virtuoso Lionel Tertis. This triennial event is held at the Erin Arts Centre, Port Erin, Isle of Man. Participants are of any nationality and are under 30 years of age.
Barbirolli International Oboe Festival & Competition
Founded in 1993 by the late Evelyn Barbirolli, an outstanding oboist, this is an event of exceptional quality which stands as a lasting memorial to her. The festival, now based in the Erin Arts Centre, has attracted competitors from as far away as Australia, China and the United States.