Manx Music, Speech and Dance Competitions
Welcome to the ofﬁcial home page of the Manx Music Festival (The Manx Competitive Music, Speech and Dance Festival to give it its full name) or “The Guild” as it is affectionately known on the Island.
The Isle of Man has very strong musical traditions and since 1892, when it was formed, The Guild through its competitive nature, has provided motivation to improve, initially for choirs, followed by solo singing and later to a wide range of music, spoken word and dance. The climax of the Festival occurs with the competition for the Cleveland, Ohio (USA) Manx Society’s Gold Medal, donated annually by this organisation and competed for by the winners of six Special Solo classes held during the week. The Festival is a member of the British and International Federation of Festivals.
The Festival is held annually in April at the Villa Marina on Douglas promenade. To see the range and size of competitions check out our results section.
The next Festival will take place: 22nd - 30th April 2016
The 2016 Syllabus is now available at outlets around the Island and from the Secretary and NEW FOR THIS YEAR you can now enter online.
Click here for to view or download the 2015 Programme
Countdown to Festival
You can enter classes now. Click here
Afﬁliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech