The Isle of Man has been awarded the opportunity to host the annual Celtic Media Festival 29-31st March 2017.
Following the announcement at the 2016 Celtic Media Festival in Dungarvan, Ireland, Minister for Economic Development Laurence Skelly MHK commented:
‘I am very excited to announce that the Isle of Man will be hosting the 2017 Celtic Media Festival. The Isle of Man has a rich heritage in media, with a strong background in print and broadcast. This is a great opportunity for the Island to showcase our culture, language and talents with a series of Celtic events and celebrations for locals and the expected 500 visitors who will be in attendance.’
Catriona Logan, Festival Director, commented:
‘The Isle of Man has played a key part in recent festivals and we are all excited to see what the Island has to offer. The festival takes inspiration from its host location so we are looking forward to the Manx spirit and culture providing the look and feel of Celtic Media Festival 2017.’
Dr Breesha Maddrell, Director of Culture Vannin, commented:
‘The Celtic Media Festival is a significant event for promoting and celebrating Celtic culture, languages and our growing Creative Industries. We will be working with the Department to ensure the 2017 Celtic Media Festival captures the strength of Manx culture both on-screen and on-island.’
The Celtic Media Festival is an annual 3 day event that promotes the languages and cultures of the Celtic Nations and Regions in media. It combines a major conference of seminars and master classes with presentation of coveted prizes in an international competition across all the main content genres in TV, radio, film and digital media.
Plans are now underway for the 2017 festival and more information will be available on www.celticmediafestival.co.uk later this year.
Photo - a panel event at this year’s festival in Dungarvan.