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Tynwald Day - Friday 5th July 2013

Wood carving, mosaic making and all things creative will be at the heart of attractions planned for this year’s Tynwald Day celebrations. For those who can't make it to St Johns there will be a live stream of Tynwald Day will be broadcast on the BBC website at:

from around 9am tomorrow with coverage of the ceremony starting in earnest from 9.30am and lasting until 1.30pm, followed by tourist information films played until 4.30pm, when a re-run of the ceremony will be broadcast.

For all the visitors to St John's, at the The Island’s national day will also be taking on a distinctly international flavour with the Côr Meibion Llanrwst a'r Cylch (Llanrwst and District male voice choir) - some 28 choristers with occupations ranging from farmers to firemen - singing in the Royal Chapel and US Manx teenage dance team, And Sometimes Y, from western Massachusetts, realising their dream to perform in the Isle of Man, following their successful fundraising campaign to help with travel costs. Bunscoill wood sculptor Gavin Carter will be using elm he has sourced locally and milled to create a story-telling chair which children will be invited to decorate with carving under his supervision, while educational support officer Elaine Edge will be running a mosaic workshop where young people can help design two decorative panels to commemorate Tynwald Day 2013; one depicting a Manx Viking boat, the other referencing Manannan and the sea. Both community art projects will be offered free of charge.

In tandem with the many attractions planned, the Isle of Man’s unique parliamentary democracy will be celebrated at the formal open-air proceedings of Tynwald Court on Tynwald Hill.

The celebrations will conclude with the Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums playing on Tynwald Hill at 10pm, followed by a fire show staged by the Play People from 10.30 to 11pm.

The President of Tynwald the Hon Clare Christian said: ‘It is thanks to the enthusiasm, commitment and hard work of so many individuals and organisations that Tynwald Day has developed into such an accomplished celebration of Manx national pride. Tynwald Day is distinguished by the pageantry and centuries-old tradition of our unique parliamentary system and by a wealth of artistic talent, not only from across the Island but also from beyond these shores. These diverse elements make for a compelling mix that both reinforces the parliamentary significance of Tynwald Day and ensures the cross-generational appeal of our national day.’

Use the links to the left to find out more about attending events on Manx National Day.