Arts and culture will be the major themes at next year’s On Your Doorstep weekend, 14th and 15th March, where the public can discover new activities in their locality and meet practitioners and providers who specialise in the arts and in Manx culture.
The Isle of Man Arts Council and Culture Vannin are joining forces to provide 4 ‘hubs’ over the weekend in the north, south, east and west, where the public can drop in during the day and find out about joining a local arts or cultural society, meet like-minded people, discover a festival or entertainment venue, learn Manx or get involved with an artistic hobby they’d never thought of before! For societies and event organisers, it will be an opportunity to recruit new members of all ages and to reach a wider audience.
The IOMAC and Culture Vannin would like to hear from any Isle of Man arts and cultural organisations who would like to be considered for one of a limited number of information stalls available in the 4 hubs, along with any groups or individuals who can offer a 30 minute ‘have a go’ taster workshop during the weekend.
Societies and festivals will also be welcome to leave literature at all of the hubs, and through the On Your Doorstep booking portal, organisations, venues and businesses will also have the option to organise their own event, open their doors and offer their own taster sessions over the weekend.
It is hoped that the weekend will appeal to choirs, visual arts societies, studios and galleries, drama groups, film clubs, music sessions, craft workshops, heritage trusts and history societies, creative writing groups, music ensembles and projects, dance schools, Manx language groups, annual festivals, and community venues that would like to open their doors and invite new faces in.
If you are interested in being involved in displaying at one of the ‘Arts and Culture Hubs’, get in touch with Martyn Cain or Grainney Sheard from the Arts Council or Chloe Woolley from Culture Vannin.
Or, save the date and add your own event to the Visit Isle of Man ‘On Your Doorstep portal’ when it’s launched in late January. Some events may be eligible for funding to offer a limited number of subsidised tickets.