Thursday, February 13, 2014
Launch of Culture Vannin Takes Place at the Villa Marina
The Manx Heritage Foundation has been a pioneering force behind a number of cultural projects on the Isle of Man since its inception by Act of Tynwald in 1982, but as we celebrate Island of Culture during 2014 the organisation has been inspired to re-launch itself as Culture Vannin.
Reflecting a new, inspirational era for Manx culture, through development, education and
Culture Vannin is already involved with an extensive list of projects during 2014, including assignments with Manx Gaelic, music and dance and working with the Archibald Knox Society to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the internationally famous Manx designer’s birth.
A speech by the Chairman of Culture Vannin, the Hon. Phil Gawne MHK, got the launch underway followed by a short documentary film highlighting some of the projects which they have been involved with, or promoted.
As part of the celebrations, the Chairman of Culture Vannin also presented the annual cultural award, the Reih Bleeaney Vanannan (Manannan’s Choice of the Year), to Clare Kilgallon of Onchan who has been an outstanding contributor to Manx culture for many years.
This was followed by members of the Kilgallon family who demonstrated a selection of Manx music and dance to an invited audience.
A new website also displays an extensive archive of video footage, photographs and oral history interviews, together with a wide range of useful information.
© February 2014