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A celebration of the Manx language taking place in June and July 2021

Thu, 03 Jun 2021

From 9 June to 9 July 2021, the Manx Language Network, Jeebin, will be encouraging everyone to celebrate the Manx language under the umbrella name ‘Gaelg21’ which simply means ‘Manx21’. You can see the full programme of events (more events and details will be added in due course, so do keep checking back!) below, and many projects will be taking place over the course of the month too. Wherever you are in the world, we'd love you to get involved and help us celebrate Gaelg21! Gow ayrn - join in!

Taghyrtyn / Events:
 

Jeheiney 18 Mean Souree / Friday 18 June

  • Online Manx Quiz, hosted by uTalk - to celebrate Gaelg21, uTalk will be bringing a fun-filled, *free* Manx quiz to a computer near you at 9pm BST! Wherever you are in the world, why not join in! Join uTalk for a Manx quiz! 
    uTalk are also offering a special 30% discount on their app, through which you can learn Manx: https://uta.lk/manx-offer

Jesarn 19 Mean Souree / Saturday 19 June

  • Keirdlann - Laa Jannoo Kiaull / Bree Workshop - Make Music Day - 2 - 3.30pm, Culture Vannin. Get ready to celebrate 'Make Music Day', which takes place on Monday 21 June. This fun, free workshop for children is run by Culture Vannin and is open to all. Please register your interest with chloe(at)culturevannin.im 

Jedoonee 20 Mean Souree / Sunday 20 June

  • Caarjyn ny Traieyn / Beach Buddies - 10.30am - 12pm at Pooill Vaash. Join Beach Buddies and Caarjyn ny Gaelgey to help clean one of the Island's beaches and loayrt red beg dy Ghaelg (speak a bit of Manx)! Afterwards join us for kuse dy verreen (some cake), tey (tea) ny caffee (coffee), thanks to Caarjyn ny Gaelgey. Everyone welcome! 

Jemayrt 22 Mean Souree / Tuesday 22 June

  • Strateysh son y Ghaelg / Manx Language Stragey - ideas pop-in evening - 7pm - 8.30pm, Culture Vannin, St John's. Pop in any time between 7pm and 8.30pm for a chat with members of Jeebin, the Manx Language Network, about your ideas for Manx. Light refreshments will be provided, and we would love to hear from you! Feel free to email your ideas to us via gaelg(at)culturevannin.im if you can't make it in-person. 

Jesarn 26 Mean Souree / Saturday 26 June

  • Coloayrtys / Conversation - 10am - 11am at the Dovecote Cafe, Kirk Michael. Suitable for all levels of Manx speakers. Tar! Come! Booise da Jo as Adam.
     
  • Eeanlee Vannin / Birds of Man - 10am - 12pm, Laxey Methodist Church. Join Paul Rogers, together with Neil Morris from Manx Bird Life, for a fascinating talk on birds found in the Island, and their names in Manx. Free entry (donations to support the work of Manx Birdlife very welcome). Hosted by Culture Vannin and Manx Birdlife, with special thanks to Paul Rogers. Please email gaelg(at)culturevannin.im if you would like to attend

Jedoonee 27 Mean Souree / Sunday 27 June

  • Caarjyn ny Traieyn / Beach Buddies - 10.30am - 12pm (location TBC - keep your eyes peeled for updates!). Join Beach Buddies and Caarjyn ny Gaelgey to help clean one of the Island's beaches and loayrt red beg dy Ghaelg (speak a bit of Manx)! Afterwards join us for kuse dy verreen (some cake), tey (tea) ny caffee (coffee), thanks to Caarjyn ny Gaelgey. Everyone welcome! 
     
  • Eeanlee Vannin / Birds of Man - 3pm - 5pm, Laare Ellynyn Phurt Chiarn (Erin Arts Centre). Join Paul Rogers, together with Neil Morris from Manx Bird Life, for a fascinating talk on birds found in the Island, and their names in Manx. Free entry (donations to support the work of Manx Birdlife very welcome). Hosted by Culture Vannin and Manx Birdlife, with special thanks to Paul Rogers. Please email gaelg(at)culturevannin.im if you would like to attend

Jemayrt 29 Mean Souree / Tuesday 29 June

  • Ynsee red ennagh ayns Gaelg! - Croshyn ny Shenn Loghlinee ayns Mannin - 7.30pm - 9pm, Culture Vannin, St. John's (as er Zoom). Shennaghys cheet ny Shenn Loghlinee dys Mannin, yn aght dy lhaih ny Runeyn er ny croshyn Manninagh, as gynsagh paart dy henn Loghlinish dy lhaih screeuyn grainnit ny jees. Marish Paayl Rogers son Culture Vannin. Nastee! Learn something in Manx! A 1.5 hour session about the Vikings and their stone crosses delivered through Manx, by Paul Rogers for Culture Vannin. The talk will also be delivered live on Zoom. Free to attend, but in-person numbers are limited to 20: email gaelg(at)culturevannin.im to secure your place

Jecrean 30 Mean Souree / Wednesday 30 June 

  • Collecting, digitizing and sharing the Manx corpus – Why and How - 7pm - 8pm at the Bunscoill Ghaelgagh, followed by a quiz (ayns Gaelg) at the Tynwald Inn at 8.30pm. Find out all about the important work on the Manx corpus, and how it can be used. Presented by Rob Teare, Paul Rogers, David Allison and Max Wheeler. Free entry.

Jeheiney 2 Jerrey Souree / Friday 2 July

  • Pop-up Gaeltaght marish Tantaran - 10am, Costa (ec y Vooragh), Rhumsaa. Tar dys Costa son cappan dy hey as cowag! Pop-up with Tantaran.
     
  • Leaght: Bea Constance Markievicz: Ben Ooasle, Irreyder Magh, Pobblaghtagh, Ellyneyr as Feminee - 7.30pm, Bunscoill Ghaelgagh. A lecture through Manx about Constance Markievicz, organised by Pobble

Jesarn 3 Jerrey Souree / Saturday 3 July

  • Bunscoill Experience: Blein ayns laa agh gyn paitchyn... - 10am - 3pm, Bunscoill Ghaelgagh. 'An opportunity to experience Key Stage Two education through Manx with the added bonus of no children. Rulers will be provided'. Organised by Pobble. Numbers limited to 8 participants: email post(at)pobble.im to secure your place!
     
  • Clash Vooar Gig at the Deep South Music Festival - Eaisht rish Clash Vooar er y traie ayns Purt Chiarn! The wonderful Clash Vooar will be performing on Port Erin beach, opposite the Bay Hotel, as part of the Deep South Music Festival at 7pm. Manx Gaelic Tongue and Groove! 

Jedonee 4 Jerrey Souree / Sunday 4 July

  • Caarjyn ny Traieyn / Beach Buddies - 10.30am - 12pm (location TBC - keep your eyes peeled for updates!). Join Beach Buddies and Caarjyn ny Gaelgey to help clean one of the Island's beaches and loayrt red beg dy Ghaelg (speak a bit of Manx)! Afterwards join us for kuse dy verreen (some cake), tey (tea) ny caffee (coffee), thanks to Caarjyn ny Gaelgey. Everyone welcome! 

Jelune 5 Jerrey Souree / Monday 5 July

  • Gaelg21 ec Laa Tinvaal! Gaelg21 at Tynwald Day - 12pm onwards, Culture Vannin. Join us for short pop-up song and Manx taster classes through the day. Classes will take place at 12pm, 1pm, 3pm and 4pm and more details will be announced in due course!

Jecrean 7 Jerrey Souree / Wednesday 7 July

  • Foillan Films - Manx Film Night - 7pm, Laxey Working Men's Institute. A rare opportunity to see a selection of the brilliant Foillan Films, created in the 1980s, followed by a session! Refreshments will be available for a small donation. Films will be in Manx, but a printed transcription and translation will be available on the night. All very welcome! Hosted by Manx National Heritage and Culture Vannin, with kind permission from Prof. Dr. George Broderick.  

PAST EVENTS:

Jecrean 9 Mean Souree / Wednesday 9 June

  • NOW SOLD OUT! Oie Vingo: Manx Gaelic Family Bingo Night! 6pm - hot food & cooish, 7pm - bingo starts! Come to Sunset Lakes, Peel, for an entertaining evening - open to all, no matter what your age, or level of Manx! Ticket cost: £10 for adults and £5 for children and includes hot food, musical entertainment and bingo books. Hosted by Yn Chruinnaght, with prizes kindly supplied by Shoprite. Call or text 07624 412223 for tickets 

Jeheiney 11 Mean Souree / Friday 11 June

  • ALL SPACES NOW TAKEN. Mini Musicians Pop-up Class for Gaelg21 - Join music specialist Laura, from Mannin Music, for a fun-filled *free* music session, jam-packed with Manx language songs and rhymes. The class takes place at 10.30am until 11.15am at the House of Manannan, and is aimed at children from 0-4 years old, although older siblings are very welcome to come along as helpers! Although the class is free, booking is essential: manninmusic.com/payments-category/pop-up-classes

Jesarn 12 Mean Souree / Saturday 12 June

  • Coloayrtys / Conversation - 10am - 11am at the Dovecote Cafe, Kirk Michael. Suitable for all levels of Manx speakers. Tar! Come! Booise da Jo as Adam.
     
  • 'Eaddagh jeant reesht lesh graih' - Pre-loved ladies' clothes sale - 2pm - 4.30pm, Methodist Hall, St. John's. Fundraiser for, and by, Mooinjer Veggey. Admission £2 including refreshments

Jedoonee 13 Mean Souree / Sunday 13 June

  • Caarjyn ny Traieyn / Beach Buddies - 10.30am - 12pm, The Cronk, Ballaugh beach. Join Beach Buddies and Caarjyn ny Gaelgey to help clean one of the Island's beaches and loayrt red beg dy Ghaelg (speak a bit of Manx)! Afterwards join us for kuse dy verreen (some cake), tey (tea) ny caffee (coffee), thanks to Caarjyn ny Gaelgey. Everyone welcome! 

Jelune 14 Mean Souree / Monday 14 June

  • Blaaghyn Feie / Wildflowers - 7pm, Ebenezer Hall, Kirk Michael. John 'Dog' Callister will present an illustrated talk on Manx wildflowers, their Manx names, and associated traditions and stories. Coffee, cake and cooish afterwards. All welcome! £1 donation on the door.  

Jemayrt 15 Mean Souree / Tuesday 15 June

  • Ynsee red ennagh ayns Gaelg! - Ny Çhengaghyn Celtiagh - 7.30pm - 9pm, Culture Vannin, St. John's (as er Zoom). Shennaghys as fysseree mychione ny Çhengaghyn Celtiagh. Marish Paayl Rogers son Culture Vannin. Nastee! Learn something in Manx! A 1.5 hour session about the Celtic languages delivered through Manx, by Paul Rogers for Culture Vannin. The talk will also be delivered live on Zoom. Free to attend, but in-person numbers limited to 20: email gaelg(at)culturevannin.im to secure your place 

About Gaelg21! 

Jeebin is keen for everyone in both the language and wider community to be involved in hosting and participating in events and projects. If you’re interested in becoming involved, we’d love you to get in touch by emailing: gaelg@culturevannin.im  

We have tied the celebrations in with an international event called Colmcille1500, which focuses on St Columba and the Gaelic languages in Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Nova Scotia and the Isle of Man. There will be various themes for Colmcille1500 looking at his role as a saint, his relationship to Gaelic languages, his inspiration for heritage, art, as well as environmental issues: https://colmcille.net/colmcille-1500/  

Manx Language Development Officer for Culture Vannin, Ruth Keggin Gell, said:

“We have chosen June and July for Gaelg21 so that we can include Arbory Parish’s Laa Columb Killey, St Columba’s feast day, and Tynwald Day. We are planning a mix of online and real-life events (in line with any restrictions that may be in place at that time), ensuring that Manx speakers and supporters around the world can take part and can enjoy Gaelg21 to the full.”

A schools programme called ‘Manx Mysteries’, run by the Department of Education, Sport and Culture, has already begun. Twelve of our Island primary schools have been invited to join in an island-wide quest to solve ancient enigmas and collaborate in creating some valuable memories.

Jo Callister, Advisory Teacher for the Manx Curriculum in the Department of Education, Sport and Culture said:

“A number of generous organisations have offered time and energy, as well as unique gifts and services –including special envelopes with hidden messages, intriguing maps, celebratory anthologies of our language, and mechanical puzzles. There will be a special focus on traditions and the Manx language, and as the year progresses so will the quest!”

The Manx language is one of the Isle of Man’s international success stories. Although relatively small in terms of number of speakers, its impact on worldwide efforts to protect and promote endangered and minority languages is huge. As a result of well-organised community-based initiatives coupled with targeted Isle of Man Government support, the Island is now looked to by many as an example of best practice.