Year of Our Island Closing Ceremony

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2018: A Year of Our Island

Throughout 2018, Year of Our Island (YOOI) succeeded in celebrating everything that makes the Isle of Man a special place to live and work.

From themed months to partner events and projects, the team worked with individuals and community groups to share what makes our Island great, at the same time as encouraging everyone to try something new.

Aerial view of the Isle of Man

A Festival of Light To Close The Year

To bring celebrations to a close YOOI will be hosting a series of events to create a Festival of Light, 8-17 March, inspired by the 200th anniversary of the first lighting of the Point of Ayre and Calf of Man lighthouses.

Friday 8th 

The first event will take place on Friday 8 March at the Sound Café, where Manx historian Charles Guard will reveal the extraordinary story of the construction of the Island’s first permanent lighthouses. Tickets for this event are sold out, but there are still plenty of other opportunities to get involved in our celebration!

Event details can be found here.

Sollys means 'bright' or 'brilliant' in Manx and is being used as the hashtag for this event.

Saturday 9th 

Castletown will be the focus of festivities on Saturday 9 March. Come along during the day to take part in workshops to create light art or from 5PM head to the Square to see a fantastic series of installations illuminating Castle Rushen, shops and - for one night only - a special version of Balley Cashtal Beg’s brilliant fairy door trail. We’ll also be joined by Spinnin’ Vannin, the Castletown Town Band, as well as local artisans, food stalls and producers. Our partners at Manx National Heritage have opened the Castle specially for our closing ceremony where visitors can view a fantastic light display in the Barbican or take part in their new Dragon Egg hunt!

Spinnin' Vannin will be performing in Castletown on the 9th March.

More event details

Our Island - Festival of Light @ Castletown
Our Island - Creative Lantern Workshops @ Castletown Town Hall
Spinnin Vannin at Festival of Light @ Castletown

Recycled Lantern Workshops with Artreach Studios

YOOI have partnered with Artreach Studios to put on these FREE lantern making workshop so you can join the display!

The workshops will take place at Ramsey Courthouse and the lanterns will be used as part of the our community lantern display at the Mooragh Park on the 16th and 17th March 2019.

Suitable for children of all ages when accompanied by an adult.

Our Island - Recycled lantern Workshop @ Ramsey Courthouse

The two sessions will run on Sunday 10th and Wednesday 13th March.

Artreach Studios will be holding two free family friendly workshops as part of the festival.

Read our blog post on how Colette Gambell from Artreach Studios is Raising Awareness Through Art with this project. 

Saturday 16th + Sunday 17th 

The festival will move to the Mooragh Park in Ramsey for the final two days of events on March 16-17, featuring a light display on the lake, glow golf and a brilliant illuminated trail!

Visitors will also be able to experience a spectacular multi-sensory art installation, made up of more than 300 illuminated chime bars. ‘Illumaphonium’ is a touch-activated musical sculpture from artist, inventor and musician Michael Davis - and audience participation a must! Attendees will have two opportunities to visit the fantastic free display, which has been supported by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. You’ll be able to experience mystical melody’s of Illumaphonium from 5 8 pm on Saturday 16 March and 1-8pm on Sunday 17 March. 

"Illumaphonium is a dynamic and interactive, multi sensory, music making installation - the first of its kind" - Excerpt from the llumaphonium website.

More event details

Our Island - Festival of Light @ The Mooragh Park, Ramsey

Find out more about Illumaphonium.

For more information about what we have planned for the festival of light, visit, email or call 687007.

A sponsored body of
The Department of Education, Sport and Culture
Rheynn Ynsee, Spoyrt as Cultoor
Isle of Man Government
Reiltys Ellan Vannin
Isle of man Government