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.

  • 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.


    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!

  • A'Nish

    On #MRSpotlight today we’ll be speaking to artist, musician, and healer Diana Allen about creativity and Ruth Keggin joins us to talk about her latest project!

  • Nine to Five!

    On #MRSpotlight this week we go behind the scenes with the Douglas Choral Union as they prepare for of 9-5 and award-winning portrait artist Svetlana Cameron speaks to Tanya Humbles about a high-profile commission!

  • For the Fallen

    On #MRSpotlight this week, Cathy Fargher has updates on the schedule for Ramsey’s Northern Theatre Experience, we find out more about an original production to commemorate the Isle of Man's involvement in World War One, and Artist Sally Black celebrates a fantastic achievement!

  • Magical Mystery Tour

    On #MRSpotlight this week we’ll be looking at some of the exciting arts events coming up over the next couple of months, with music from Rebecca Ferguson and Holy Moley and the Crackers to name just a few!

  • 2018 Year of Our Island

    Today on #MRSpotlight, we speak to all the movers and shakers at the Isle of Man’s first Sovereign Art Foundation’s Student Art Awards and we get the scoop on 2018: Year of Our Island!

  • Lemon of Dawn

    On #MRSpotlight this week, dancer Beth Brown tells us about the new dance troupe she’s formed and Composer David Mapp gives us a fascinating insight into Experimental Music!

  • Good Gourd!

    On #MRSpotlight this week: Manx Music Development Officer for Culture Vannin, Chloe Woolley, music from Briskee Bisht, Scran and Birlinn Jiarg and I’ll be speaking to artist Colleen Corlett!


    #MRSpotlight join us for a look back at some of your highlights from Spotlight this year. Guests include writer and photographer Janet Lees, artist Jimmy Duggan and film critic Mark Kermode, to name but a few!

  • The Starling

    On #MRSpotlight this week, we're joined by friends of the show old and new who have some festive, creative treats for us!