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.

Our next Festival will take place from 27th April to 4th May 2024 inclusive.

You can download a copy of the 2024 Syllabus from the link at the top of this page.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: 3rd February 2024 - we have no late entry option, so make sure you get your entries in on time!

Looking for copies of the poems for classes D9a or D9b? Struggling for T.E. Brown poems to choose for class D10? Then head over to the Culture Vannin website (link below). 

We are very grateful to Culture Vannin for their support for our Festival. To make things easier for you, Culture Vannin have created a dedicated Guild section within their Resources where you'll find the poem choices for this year for classes D9a and D9b, plus a selection of T.E. Brown poems so you can choose your poem for class D10. They've also added links to other websites for more T.E. Brown poems if you are looking for something Culture Vannin haven't uploaded to their site. Thank you to our wonderful Gaelg Adjudicator, Annie Kissack, for all her hard work for us, including working with Culture Vannin to create this new link.

Culture Vannin/Guild

New for 2024:

We have some new classes for 2024 including a class for Junior Performers who are in their Reception year at primary school. Little Stars is for any solo performer currently in Reception to give it their all for a two minute performance. That can be reciting a piece of prose, singing a song, dancing, playing a musical instrument, performing a short monologue. It's a non-competitive class; so all entrants will receive a certificate of achievement and a comments sheet from our adjudicator.

Details of all our classes, including new classes for 2024 can be found in our 2024 Syllabus.

We also have a new online entries system for 2024 and beyond! Run My Festival is an online system for festivals such as ours and has been developed by someone who used to organise and run a festival. So they know what's required. You can access the new system from the Enter Now link on the side of this page. 

We're always looking for people to join us as volunteers to help us with the Festival. If you would like to come and help and become part of our great team do get in touch with the Festival Secretary, Sandra Loach by emailing manxguild@gmail.com 

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 three highest marked ladies and three highest marked men from across the 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.


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