Beyond Skin return to Conversations Festival 2019

Mount Stewart Conversations Beyond Skin

Beyond Skin is a dynamic team of motivated individuals passionate about encouraging positive social change and empowering people to celebrate diversity through art, music and dance. The work of Beyond Skin began in January 2004 in response to the rise in racism & sectarianism influenced by the legacy of conflict. This talented group of artists, technicians, journalists, global educators and volunteers return to the 2019 Conversations Festival with another engaging programme of workshops and hands-on activities.

What do they have in-store for the festival weekend?

Beyond Skin Immersive Workshop Programme - Saturday & Sunday

11.30am - 12.15pm: Grime Rap Trap Workshop

You’ll be making fresh beats for peace and rhymes in no time

12.30 - 1.15pm: Souls Liberation Jamaican Fusion Dance

You’ll find your feet have something to say with the Movement of Conversation

1.30pm - 2.15pm: Here & Now Choir

Sing away your worries with the stress-relieving benefits of choir singing. All voices & ages are welcome as part of the hear & now in this vocal mindfulness workshop.

2.30pm - 3.15pm: Ukulele Swahili

Master four strings to the sweet sound of the Mama Africa of the modern era.

Look out for one of these workshops taking place throughout the day:

Fotosynthesis: Experimental Participatory Photography

Fotosynthesis is an international team of professional photographers and filmmakers that uses ethical and inclusive image making as a tool to engage, educate and create new narratives.

Music Land: Drums & Percussion

Amongst the trees, there will be vibrations in the breeze. Nature has a rhythm and you’re invite to join in.

Indian Arts

Learn authentic arts from South India and everyone’s favourite – Henna

Graffiti Art

As part of a wider project linking Northern Ireland with Colombia and the Colombian diaspora – visual art production reflecting our shared independence with each other & the natural world.

Art of Conversation

‘There's nothing like a brush laden with paint and a plain sheet of paper.’

Sound & Healing Spa (Saturday only)

Singing Bowl healing sound frequency will resonate your body cells, and detox, balance, and soothe your body and spirit. 

Over festival weekend, join Beyond Skin to delve deeper into...


Fashion statement changes time to time with new trends but Henna /Mehndi made its place secured and loved by almost everyone. This herbal product has travelled from Middle East to all over the world. Henna made out of dried henna leaves mixed with tea, eucalyptus oil, hint of lime. Henna was mostly used during festivals and weddings in the olden days, also used as natural hair dye and medicine. Significance of henna has changed over time with its intricate design patterns and having this body art is a happiness in itself. 

Come and relax and treat yourself with Henna


Mandala is a Sanskrit word for 'Circle' is a spiritual symbol in the Indian religions. Mandalas are circular designs symbolizing the notion that life is never ending. Ancient Hindu scriptures depict mandalas as a period of creativity, of powerful existence, and a symbol of deeper connection with the self and the universe at large. In modern day, mandalas have become a popular symbol of meditation, which aids in enhancing focus, silencing thoughts while meditating, combatting stress and anxiety, appreciating the beauty of nature, and forming a greater connection with oneself.

Come try this beautiful art yourselves and take home a memento for your dear ones.