Spotlight

Join Sarah Hendy every Wednesday for a journey through the vibrant arts and creative scene on the island in Spotlight. Focussing on everything creative from music and visual art to stage performance and artistic hobbies, along with much more.

  • FOLK

    On #MRSpotlight this week, Zoe Gilbert, author of Folk and Deborah Harken, author of A Discovery of Witches, talk magic and mystery!

  • Manx LitFest 2018!

    On #MRSpotlight this week, John Quirk tells all about this year's LitFest and Mera Royle speaks to Catherine Nicholl about her exciting year so far!

  • OIOW & IOMFF

    On #MRSpotlight today, we’re looking ahead to the Isle of Man Film Festival and the Our Island, Our World Festival of World Music and Culture, which both take place this weekend!

  • Skipper's Alley

    On #MRSpotlight this week, we hear about the Great Manx Build-up and Throwdown, & we step back to Lorient where I spoke to Uillean Pipe player Fionn ó hAlmhain, plus, music from Irish group Skipper’s Alley!

  • Imagine a place..

    On #MRSpotlight we have a chat with musician and composer David Kilgallon about some of his recent projects & we’ll be looking back at the Arts in Mann Travelling Gallery as Charles Guard speaks to Norman Sayle & Dave Fletcher!

  • LIVE IN LORIENT!

    We are live at the Festival Interceltique in Lorient!

  • NoGood Boyo

    On #MRSpotlight tonight, we look at the new Cultural Engagement survey regarding life on the Island, we have part deux of our visit to the studio of artist Bruno Cavellec and we're joined by Welsh group NoGood Boyo.

  • Manx Music Day on Manx Radio

    On #MRSpotlight we are warming up for Manx Music Day on Manx Radio this Friday - with the Manx Music Chart, Clifftop concerts and Yn Chruinnaght The Celtic Gathering!

  • Here Comes the Sun

    On #MRSpotlight today’s programme, we speak to Paul Ayres, conductor of the London City Chorus ahead of their visit at the end of the month, and Bruno Cavellec very kindly invites us into his studio to talk about his latest exhibition!

  • Big Wheel

    On #MRSpotlight tonight we hear about the Arts Council’s star-studded Loan Collection exhibition, and we’re looking at the schedule for this week’s Celtic Gathering in Peel, and the Big Wheel Blues Festival at the Villa Marina this weekend.

  • Swing in the Isle!

    On today’s programme, we’re joined by some of the stars of QEII High School’s staging of School of Rock, and Gordon West invites us to ‘Swing in the Isle’!

  • Avenue Q

    On #MRSpotlight this week, we hear all about the specially-composed Manx Romances celebrating the IOM Wind Orchestra’s 20th Anniversary and we find out about the unusual musical, Avenue Q!

  • Yola & Zohra

    On #MRSpotlight this week, Sandy Koh of the Sovereign Art Foundation joins us to discuss this unique opportunity for students and we have part two of our chat with Yola Carter!

  • Beautiful Ideas

    On #MRSpotlight tonight: the fabulous Yola Carter who performed at Cyclefest, also Creative Guru Erika Rushton, founder of Baltic Creative in Liverpool and other incredible projects besides!

  • A Mixed Bag

    On #MRSpotlight today - Catherine Nichol chats to Lord Michael Dobbs on his fundraising walk around the Island, music from Han FX and we look back at Islexpo with Artist Vici Blackburn!

  • Local Legend Michael Starkey

    On #MRSpotlight this week, we welcome storyteller Sue Russo, Scottish band Elephant Sessions and local legend Michael Starkey!

  • Awakening

    On #MRSpotlight tonight: Anna Goldsmith from the Year of Our Island team on the Creative Month of May plus we join the Curators of the Awakening exhibition.

  • The Lost Boys

    On #MRSpotlight this evening: another Cyclefest highlight - folk artist Sam Kelly and Jeff Hodson invites us to Waterstones in Verse, an open mic poetry event next Wednesday evening.

  • Song to the Siren

    On #MRSpotlight this week I’ll be bringing you one of our highlights from this year’s brilliant Cyclefest line-up, folk singer Kitty Macfarlane and author Lynn Bryant has updates from her writing desk!

  • Every Kind of Festival

    On #MRSpotlight this week, we look ahead to this weekend’s Isle of Man Art Festival, we look back on the The Manx Music, Speech and Dance Festival and we have one last, rather adorable little snippet from Shennaghys Jiu!

  • Way of the Gull

    On #MRSpotlight this week, Ruth Keggin tells us about her band A’Nish’s new release and upcoming album launch and we speak to Writer and Director of ‘For the Fallen’.

  • Shennaghys Jiu!

    On #MRSpotlight this week, we speak to two more artists from ‘Saltmother’ at the Hodgson-Loom Gallery and Spotlight goes back for more of Trad Festival Shennaghys Jiu!

  • Road to Recovery

    On #MRSpotlight this week - writers Janet Lees and Christina Thatcher are running a series of events addressing certain taboo subjects, and we congratulate Harpist Mera Royle on her BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards victory!

  • Splann!

    On #MRSpotlight tonight, I visit the Hodgson-Loom Gallery to see the new exhibition ‘Saltmother’ and Spotlight goes to Trad Festival Shennaghys Jiu!

  • A Broken Biscuit

    On #MRSpotlight today we’ll be speaking founder of Biskee Brisht, the lovely Ruby Biscoe-Taylor and We’re warming up for Shennaghys Jiu this weekend with Trad band Trip!

  • Mann

    On #MRSpotlight this week This week we’re celebrating UNESCO World Poetry Day with Isle of Man Biosphere-inspired poetry from the first living Manx Bard, Stacey Astill, and we talk Short Stories and Ludicrous Tales with writer and performer Steve Goldsmith.

  • Immigrant

    On #MRSpotlight: performance coach Louise Beckett has an exciting opportunity for anyone looking to develop confidence and enjoy performing, and poet Usha Kishore talks to Howard Caine about her gorgeous new collection of work.

  • FOLKESTRA!

    On #MRSpotlight tonight, I take part in Joe Broughton’s Folkestra workshop, brought to the Island by Culture Vannin last month, and Usha Kishore shares one of her beautiful new poems with us!

  • Alaw

    On #MRSpotlight tonight we visit the Isle Gallery to find out what’s in store over the next few months and we’re joined by Jamie Smith of Welsh trad trio Alaw!

  • Another Story About How it is

    On #MRSpotlight this week, we take a tour of the new exhibition at the Sayle Gallery in partnership with the Manx Museum and Mikie Daugherty drops in to chat about Nanaki’s latest release with Small Bear Records!