Two special correspondents at the official launch of the year-long Island of Culture were St John primary school pupils Reuben Allan and Shellan Leeming.
The youngsters, both aged 11, were at the Villa Marina to report on the launch for an exclusive for their school newspaper. They're pictured with President of Tynwald and patron of Island of Culture Clare Christian.
Throughout 2014 people will be encouraged to celebrate Island culture through dance, music, theatre, the visual arts and literature, cultural festivals, film and digital innovation. The aim is to leave a lasting legacy for creativity and the arts on the Isle of Man.
Mrs Christian said one important aspect was the cultural programme for young people.
She said: 'The programme will be telling them about the talents of people like T E Brown and Archibald Knox in a way that was not available to earlier generations such as mine.'
Mrs Christian said everybody in the island should stretch their cultural boundaries, adding: 'We are embarking on an exciting year of events. Be inspired. Get involved. Above all, enjoy the experience.'
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