Tynwald Day 2012 promises to be a potent mix of ceremony, celebration…and circus.
The Isle of Man’s unique parliamentary democracy will be celebrated at the formal open-air proceedings of Tynwald Court on Tynwald Hill, followed by a packed programme of attractions for all the family where the fun and excitement of the circus will take centre stage, alongside opportunities to showcase Manx heritage expressed through music, song and dance. There is also £100 to be won in the traditional Tynwald Day competition that tests entrants’ powers of observation and includes the President of Tynwald’s tie-breaker question.
Throughout the day professional performance artists from The Play People will be bringing the thrill of the circus to the fair field with clowns, acrobats, unicyclists, ‘stilt men’, balloon modellers and much more. There will also be opportunities for young people to take part in a range of workshops including tightrope walking, plate spinning and juggling.
In addition, more than 50 local artists will come together at the Bunscoill to promote the Island’s rich creative and artistic diversity and will be inviting children to ‘take part in art’, while the iMuseum makes a welcome return, providing a unique opportunity to research Manx family connections.
After what promises to be a memorable day out for all the family the Tynwald Day celebrations will be brought to a close by the Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums on Tynwald Hill at 10.00pm to be followed by a fire show.
At the conclusion of the festivities, buses will depart for destinations across the Island, including an extra late bus departing at 11.15pm to Castletown and Port Erin.
President of Tynwald, Clare Christian MLC said: ‘Our National Day, July 5th, provides a unique opportunity for the people of the Isle of Man to join together in a spirit of shared national pride; not only to witness the pageantry of our centuries-old parliamentary system but also to experience the Island’s wealth of artistic talent expressed in traditional and contemporary ways. Every year Tynwald Day offers something new and 2012 will be no exception, with the emphasis firmly on presenting young people with exciting opportunities to interact with performers and artists and acquire new skills. The commitment, motivation and hard work of many organisations and individuals assure the success of Tynwald Day and I should like to extend my thanks to all those whose efforts contribute to making our National Day the highlight of the Manx calendar.’
Grandstand seat tickets, priced £4 to include a programme, may be purchased by contacting the Tynwald Administration Office, telephone 685500.
Tynwald Day is central to Manx National Week which this year takes place from July 1st to 8th. The Tynwald Day leaflet, which features details of Manx National Week events Island-wide, will be distributed in the Isle of Man Courier of the week commencing June 25th and can be downloaded from www.tynwald.org.im. Copies of the leaflet can be obtained from the Tynwald Library in the Legislative Buildings, Finch Road, Douglas and will also be available on the day at the Tynwald stall on the fair field.