News from on and off island.
Image: Jen Adams from MWDW using the new equipment in Peel
The competition focuses on vocal and instrumental performance, and includes solo, duet and ensemble classes. There are also specific classes for Manx instrumental music, and Gaelic singing.
The Arts Council has relaunched its emergency resilience fund for people and groups who contribute to the island’s creative arts community. This funding will be made available on merit to anyone working or taking part in the creative industries, culture and arts communities on the Isle of Man and should […]
What is it? Born out of the success of the ‘Manx Sewing for Safety’ project and seeing first-hand how much of an impact the Manx people can have when the Island comes together, the Post Millish Project was designed as a way of giving back to the Manx community and […]
Tunewald Day, no? Sorry – Tunes of Tynwald. Here’s some choons from Manxies who have glittered our lives with song. Bee Gees – Night Fever Suppose we should’ve really added their version of Ellen Vannin, but Night Fever’s the one. If there’s one thing us Manxies are good at it’s […]
If you’re celebrating today, tomorrow or both, we’ve got you sorted with this islandofsocial party pack. Created by the talented Laura Bowles (the creative behind the ‘Gef heads’). Simply download, print, cut and enjoy! Yes, there is a President of Tynwald head. Be sure to tag us in any pics! […]
While summer holidays abroad continue to look uncertain, Visit Isle of Man is encouraging Islanders to look for adventure and discovery much closer to home, with its #ManxGem photography campaign offering a Staycation up to the value of £750 to the competition’s winner at any property listed here on our extraordinary Island.
The lovely Laura Bowles, founder of islandofsocial and creative genius behind lots of our artwork here at Gef, has kindly created downloadable and printable colouring in sheets. Download your FREE copies by clicking the button below. TT COLOURING IN SHEET GAIETY THEATRE COLOURING IN SHEET TOWER OF REFUGE COLOURING IN […]
Download your free Noble Hearts Paper Chain design here! If you’d like to make a contribution to Friends of Nobles please click here. We hope you have fun getting creative! Be sure to share pics of your designs and tag @blankcanvasconcepts DOWNLOAD DESIGN
For 6 neon-drenched weeks, Peggy’s has acted as Douglas Prom’s underground hive for debauchery. As her run draws to an emotional crescendo, we caught up with local photographer Jess Kneen to discuss her recent exhibition at the pop-up discotheque.For those of us who have frequented Peggy’s over the festive period, […]
“Whether it’s walking through Groudle Glen or having a cup of tea at The Shed, the Island is the best place to jolt a creative block”, so says Graphic Designer, Laura Bowles. As the creative brains behind Manx-themed Greetings Card Company ‘Isle of Social’, Laura is a high authority on […]
The TT festival annually offers Manx Musicians an opportunity. Not only to play pop up venues rather than the regular pub circuit, but also to perform to bigger crowds made up of TT fans from all over the world. Bands who might have been performing last weekend to a few […]
To the Manx music scene the TT festival is a rite of passage. The island population doubles over TT fortnight, and the once quiet streets are littered with leather wearing petrol heads from all over the world. If there’s one thing that these visitors have in common (other than their […]
Ever wondered what happens when you mix a musical Manxie with a couple of talented Latvians? Some pretty incredible experimental music is what. Local girl Helen Morrisson of Foxtrap is doing the island proud on the adjacent Isle and her band regularly give the Isle of Man a taste of […]
After a jam-packed 2018, Ramsey’s hottest boy band ‘The Tides’ have had a cracking start to 2019 with their latest single ‘Mates’ reaching 45 in the iTunes Singer / Songwriter charts; currently sandwiched between pop-royalty James Bay and Dappy from N-Dubz. Last year, the lads played a blinding set at […]
The nineties were a simpler time, weren’t they?There was no judgement if your DJ played Abba’s Dancing Queen at your wedding party, with a marriage of coloured lights to flash in time to the beat.Maybe there was a smoke machine. It was a party must. But in this digital age […]
At just 20 years old Mae Challis’s voice is deceptively strong, having become more raw and sultry on her latest single release, Is It Strange? than her win at The Next Big Thing competition in 2014.There’s an obvious decision to evolve the acoustic-driven sound of her early performances, and behind […]
The Isle of Man is full of musical talent, from folk singers all the way to punk rockers, but how hard is it to make a break for it when you are based on the rock? Talent certainly isn’t measured in music downloads or fame, but if you want to […]
For many on the Island, and indeed us here at Gef HQ, TT isn’t just about the racing.It’s that two-week party spirit that engulfs the Island, the forgetting (then remembering) why tequila shots are never the answer, and Karen from finance spewing her guts up on the side of the […]
To say that Buncha Skankers put on an energetic show is an understatement.These two-tone anarchistic mad-heads fuse everything from surf rock guitar to throbbing saxophone riffs covering all things ska and in between, and their audiences lap it up like there’s no tomorrow.For someone who does very little exercise, just […]