May What's On Guide

May What's On Guide
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A useful guide of all the events, festivals, workshops, exhibitions and shows on over May! If you've got an arts event on that you think should be included on here, let us know!

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Events | Concerts + Shows | Local Cinema + Live Screenings | Workshops + Creative Skills | Exhibitions + Talks


3-6/05: Isle of Man Arts Festival 2019

3-6/05: IOM Art Festival @ Grenaby Studios

3-6/05: ★Aossi Studio and Pinewood Studios present: Art Fest in the Yard

3-6/05: Isle of Man Art Festival: Open Studio @ The Isle Contemporary

05/05: Oie Voaldyn 2019 May Manx Fire Festival

The fire festival takes place in Peel. Read more about Oie Voaldyn here.


15/05: House of Water by Janet Lees: Book Launch @ Waterstones - Read more about Janet Lees here

23/05: Mouth of the South - Poetry Open Mic night @ Compton Vaults

Concerts, Gigs + Shows

03/05: Piano Recital - Adrian Brendle @ The Erin Arts Centre

3-11/05: Spamalot! @ The Gaiety Theatre

08/05: Brass at Braddan with Manx Concert Brass @ Braddan Church

08/05: Shoh Slaynt every Wednesday from 8th May @ Sailor's Shelter, Peel

09/05: An Evening with Radcliffe, Russell and Lee @ Peel Centenary Centre

11/05: Caarjyn Cooidjagh New CD Launch @ Peel Centenary Centre

12/05: Harts Ease and Tallis Consort joint concert @ St. Ninian's Church

18/05: Creation with Manx Festival Chorus @ St. George's Church

24/05: Final Cut at Compton Vaults @ Castletown

Find out about local gigs via Gig Mann

Locally and internationally renowned poet and photographer, Janet Lees will be launching her new book on the 15th May at Waterstones in Douglas. 

Local Cinema + Live Screenings

08/05: A Fantastic Woman (2017) @ Peel Centenary Centre

11/05: Live Opera on Screen - Dialogues des Carmelites @ The Erin Arts Centre

14/05: All My Sons (live screening) @ Studio Theatre Ballakermeen

16/05: Within the Golden Hour/Medusa/Flight Pattern (live screening) @ Studio Theatre Ballakermeen

16/05: All About Eve by Joseph L Mankiewicz @ Northern Theatre Experience

23/05: Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake @ Northern Theatre Experience

22/05: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) @ Peel Centenary Centre

05/05: Bank Holiday at the Dome @ The Nunnery 

Workshops + Creative Skills

09/05: Floral Teacup Workshop @ The Flower Studio

11/05: The Great Manx Build Up and Throw Down 2019 @ Isle of Man Art Society

12/05: ★ Wild, Big & Wonderful ★ Expressive Abstract Painting ★ Adults Painting... @ Artreach Studios

14/05: Spring Social! Drawing with Isle of Man Drawing ClubKim Gee Studio @ The Alpine 

17/05: Creative Writing with Janet Lees @ Jurby Community Centre

24/05: Creative Writing with Janet Lees @ Jurby Community Centre

Exhibitions + Talks

From 04/05: IOM Arts Festival Exhibition @ The Hodgson Loom Gallery

02/05: IOM Art Festival Preview @ The Engine House

Until 12/05: Hinterland: An exhibition of works by Artist Graham Rider @ The Isle Contemporary

19/05: Kaleidoscope - Exhibition of Expressive Art by Karolina Pawlowska  @ The Isle Gallery 

You can find out and post information about arts events on the island via our What's On Where Facebook group.


There are loads of arts clubs, societies and organisations that you can take part in. We've put a selection below but you can see the full list here.

Music, Dance + Movement

- Every Mon at 10am and Wed: Born to Sing - Mummy Choir @ Mannin Music Studio

Mini Musicians with Mannin Music

- Ukulele classes: from age 6 to adult - contact Mannin Music for more details.

- Swing Dancing with Swing in the Isle

- Aikido Club starter classes @ St Johns Methodist hall. 

- Monday nights: Circus Skills @ Youth Arts Centre (Contact Anna on

- Boogie Days - Official Launch 11th May: A family daytime disco in a child-friendly environment but with real DJs and real music in a proper venue.

Creativity + Visual Art

Artreach Studios always have so many creative workshops to get involved in for both adults and children.

Secret Stitch Society Sewing classes @ Jurby and Northern Community Initiatives

IOM Drawing Club: keep an eye on the page for their May event

- Art Tank @ Youth Arts Centre: An art space for young people run and instructed by professional artist Anna Clucas

- Creative workshops: The Hub in Port Erin (Contact Janet Bridle for the timetable or visit Creativity at the Hub on Facebook)

- May Isle Of Man Days For Girls Team Meeting @ The Sewing Room

Acting + Film

- Sundays 2.30-3pm: Dramatic Art for All (Text Study & Sight Reading this month) @ Christ Church, Laxey Tram Station (Contact Louise Beckett via her Facebook page Speak Out Coaching)

MannIn Shorts organise regular shoot days where you can join in and learn hands on experience about film.

Literature + Spoken Word

- Manx Litfest: keep an eye on the page for their Writers' 9th Meeting @ The Yejji, Broadway

If you've got an event you'd like to share or you'd like to find out what the creative community are up to then join our community Facebook group IOM Arts Council - What's On Where.

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