Failt erriu dys Mannin!

Fri, 26 May 2017

The hosting of the Celtic Media Festival in Douglas in May 2017 was an important international event for the Isle of Man. As a part of this, Culture Vannin's Manx Language Development Officer was invited to deliver one of the presentations at the Opening gala. The result was not what some might have expected.

People are sometimes surprised to hear Culture Vannin speak about "Manx culture", because we believe strongly in the value of the Isle of Man's culture and identity, but we do not at all feel that this needs to exclude anyone, ever!

"It doesn't matter whether you're from Port Erin, Portsmouth or Port Elizabeth" said Adrian Cain in an BBC Alba interview connected to the Festival, "Manx culture should be for everyone."

This was why a perhaps unexpected film was created to accompany the introduction to the Celtic Media Festival 2017. The film is now available online.

As well as for representatives from media outlets across the Celtic Nations, this video might also serve to remind ourselves of what a rich cultural environment we live in on the Isle of Man, and that this is something to be celebrated and enjoyed.

The video can be viewed here: