Part of the funding for Island of Culture 2014 came from monies put aside by the IOM Arts Council from its National Lottery allocations. Another significant stream came from sponsors, including Culture Vannin. Several organisations and individuals pledged significant funding towards Island of Culture.
Along with our official sponsors as shown above Island of Culture gained support from Isle of Man Stamps and Coins by way of an official Island of Culture Stamp collection. Details of the stamps, local artists Juan Moore and the design process can be found:
The Isle of Man has always been very special to me. My mother, Audrey Kermode, was born and grew up in Douglas, the daughter of Doris Kermode, a schoolteacher, and James Stanley Kermode, an accountant, who was also the Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Sefton Hotel and (during the war) a proud member of the Douglas Home Guard. As a child, I would come to the Island every summer, staying at my grandparents’ house in Cronkbourne Road, and then later in the flat which we owned in Port Erin. The first car I ever drove was one of the go-karts at Onchan Pleasure Park; the first disco I ever went to was down in Bradda Glenn; the first rock gig I ever saw was at the Palace Lido (Showaddywaddy, supported by a local heavy metal band); the first pet I ever had was a stumpy cat from the MPSA, named Spaldrick (after Spaldrick Bay); the first steam train I ever saw was pulling into Castletown; the first (half)pint I ever drank was at the Shore Hotel; the first (and indeed only) mountain I ever climbed was Snaefell ...
One of the great treats of our summer holidays was going to Strand Street for a regular family outing to the cinema. We saw Bond movies, Indiana Jones movies, even a revival of the 1935 George Formby perennial No Limit which my mum had seen umpteen times before. At the time, as a young cinema-lover, I had no idea that the Island would become such a hive of film-making activity, producing some of my favourite movies of recent years, ranging from the gripping psychological thriller The Disappearance of Alice Creed to the nailbiting documentary Closer To the Edge (TT3D) In recent years, my visits to the Island have combined business with pleasure; covering the premiere of Me and Orson Welles much of which was filmed at the beautiful Gaiety Theatre, and reporting from Peel Castle and the Manx Museum for The Culture Show. A few years ago, I was thrilled to be able to play a tape of my grandfather reading the poetry of TE Brown on the Radio Four programme ‘With Great Pleasure’, the sound of his voice taking me right back to my own childhood.
Today, I take my own children to the Island to experience its unique mixture of beautiful scenery, living history, and vibrant culture. I am very proud of my association with the Isle of Man, and honoured to be part of this celebration of its art and heritage which is such an important part of all our lives.
2014 is the year in which we focus on and celebrate the richness of our Island’s culture.
What is our culture? Our culture means different things to different people. For some it leans towards the traditional, the legacy passed down from our Celtic and Viking forebears. It is the language we almost lost which now springs up again like bruit; it is Manannan’s mist and Hop tu Naa or 1000 years of parliamentary history living on in Tynwald. It is our music and dance, art and design influenced by earlier generations and built upon by today’s lively and vibrant choirs, bands, groups and individuals. For others it is found in more contemporary works, influenced by modern technology which has opened up new avenues for creativity: film, video, animation, pop music, art installations, modern dance, community art works and live-streaming of events from beyond our shores are all part of our cultural scene. It is about taking pride in those from our island whose brilliance in a variety of cultural fields has gained them international recognition and who, in turn, inspire us to develop our own talents. It is opening up our minds to try and understand what we find challenging in the works of some artists, writers or poets. It is exploring the creativity which is latent in all of us. It may be reflected in the enjoyment derived by all the people in our choral societies, orchestras and brass bands, our historical, literary, art and theatrical groups who add so much to the social fabric of our Island. Our culture is embodied in the community spirit of the large number of volunteers who encourage and support both young and old in participation in the arts, for their own enjoyment and for the entertainment of others. Our culture is for everyone and everyone is a part of it. It is who we are.
“I feel blessed to have been born and raised on the beautiful Isle Of Man, and as a Cultural Ambassador for Island of Culture 2014, I can't wait to share that feeling with as many people as I can.
What an honour to have been asked to represent the land of my birth, and I am excited to not only further promote our heritage and culture, but also to deepen my own knowledge and understanding of it. I shall be starting a project that will be diving in to unchartered waters for me, our own traditional Manx music.
Having been so influenced by various forms of American music (and the British interpretations thereof), I feel I have ignored my own folk music. And it was right at my feet all along. With the help of the Manx musicians who keep our music alive, I will be learning first hand these beautiful songs and tunes, the stories behind them and how it has changed and shaped Island life. Along with my close and long time friends at DAM productions, our own Manx cinematographers, (The Watchmaker's Apprentice, Ghost Girl) I will be producing a short film of this journey, scheduled for release during the celebrations in 2014.”
“The arts movement on the Isle of Man is one filled with excitement and diversity and this has been my foundation to build on, through interesting opportunities I have been exposed to in the music world and while studying and performing in London and around the world.” Jason Evans is Principal trumpet with the Philharmonia Orchestra, making him one of the Youngest principal trumpets in the UK, and possibly the world.
“My personal experience of arts in Isle of Man has been fantastic. The Isle of Man Arts Council gave me the opportunity and the initial finances which began the four year journey that I have made so far.
I hope that the Arts Council feel that I have fulfilled their faith in me." Lloyd Mayor is a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Company, New York.