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 on the final Saturday evening 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 runs from 24th April to 2nd May 2015 

Programmes are now available at outlets across the Island and from the

Villa Marina Box Office

 The Manx Competitive Music, Speech and Dance Festival is grateful for the support of the Isle of Man Arts Council.

Countdown to Festival

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22nd April - 30th April 2016

Tickets are now available from the Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre Box Office http://cfvg.gov.im


Affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech