Arts, culture and music

Mount Stewart Conversations 14 & 15 October 2017

Mount Stewart house, and the world famous gardens, will come alive with an eclectic mix of activities and entertainment including dance, music, and art.

Whether you are attending a talk or just coming along to enjoy all the fun of the festival, there will be plenty to see and do for all ages and interests at Mount Stewart Conversations Festival this year.

Download the full festival programme below

Mount Stewart Conversations Festival Programme 2017 (PDF / 2.5MB) download

Throughout the weekend:

(Formal Gardens)

The Garden of Thought Experiments – 12pm-5pm (various times)

Explore the magical Gardens of Mount Stewart and meet an array of characters who will challenge, amaze and engross you in the world of philosophy and introduce the young and old new ways to expand our minds.

(Around the Lake)

The Campervan of Questions – 12pm-5pm (various times)

The Campervan of Dreams has changed. But why? This and a hundred more questions will be asked but not necessarily answered as the Campevan of Questions makes its world debut.

The Lakeside Clip Show – 12pm-5pm (various times)

Stop by our pop up cinema and spend some time in the world of children’s entertainment. No art form has pushed the boundaries of the mind more consistently and we’ll explore it all from The Magic Roundabout to Ren and Stimpy.

The Incredible Flea Circus – 1.30pm – 4pm (various times)

After years of training his crack team of fleas your ringmaster will introduce his troop of minute athletes and performers to the Mount Stewart Conversations. You won’t believe your eyes…

The Thought Police - 12-2pm & 3-5pm

The Gathering Drum -12.45pm - 3.30pm (various times)

(Front of the House)

Street Art Workshops with Epic – 12pm-4pm (on the hour)

Circus Workshops with Streetwise - 12.30pm - 4.30pm (on the half hour)

#ArtsDialogue Garden programme Saturday 14 October:

11.11am

Sound and Healing Spa

Tibetan sound bowls workshop with Tessa Ann, www.thesoundhealingspa.com  

12.12pm

The Art of Sound and Now

Music, art  and sound workshop with musician and #youth4peace ambassador Dani Carragher (DANI) and guests. www.danimusicathome.com

1.01pm

Schools of Peace Colombia, supported by British Council

Creative Q&A Art session

Guest speakers Amada Benavides (Escuelas de Paz Colombia) & Alejandro Valderrama Herrera (Advising the organisations Colibríes Foundation and New Society of the North eastern Region of Colombia Corporation).

During the presentation participants will have opportunities to create artwork that will contribute to a wall mural that will be created in Colombia by Robison Sanchez. http://www.beyondskin.net/futyoures

2.02pm

That Swahili Ukulele Laughter Thingymajig

Try learning the Ukulele and singing along to traditional Swahili songs whilst splitting your sides laughing. Facilitated by the Mama Africa of the Modern Era with the infectious laugh, Mim Suleiman. www.mimsuleiman.co.uk  

3.03pm

Heartbeart. Amplifying Young Voices

Music and sound workshop facilitated by Mark Smulian, Gani Tamir and local youth groups. Heartbeat unites Israeli and Palestinian youth through music. www.heartbeat.fm

4.04pm

It's Just a Matter of Grime

Interactive music, rap production workshop facilitated by musician and producer from NewMoney Recordings North London, Raphael Frank.  “Grime is now the sound of British Youth and things are only beginning” - The Independent

5.05pm

Making the Dream Infectious

Founders and directors of organisations in Sri Lanka, Colombia, Israel/Palestine, Northern Ireland, and Afghanistan talk about their influence, aspirations and challenges of managing and keeping the vision alive. The highs, the lows and those comedy moments.

Throughout the day:

Art of Conversation Wall

Interactive art wall with Jessica Balla & guests www.ballawaves.com

Nikos Petsakos

Greek Bazuki player Nikos will be complimenting the beautiful garden spaces in Mount Stewart. It would remind you of the line of Baudelaire “Sound and perfume swirl in the evening air.”

Artist: Jamie Harper

The fastest draw in the West

#ArtsDialogue Garden programme Sunday 15 October:

11.11am

Sound and Healing Spa

Tibetan sound bowls workshop with Tessa Ann http://www.thesoundhealingspa.com  

12.12pm

The Art of Sound and Now

Music, art and sound workshop with musician and #youth4peace ambassador Dani Carragher (DANI) and guests. www.danimusicathome.com

1.01pm

Indian Arts

Henna workshop hosted by Amita Ravikirana

2.02pm

Heartbeart. Amplifying Young Voices

Music and sound workshop facilitated by Mark Smulian, Gani Tamir and local youth groups.

Heartbeat unites Israeli and Palestinian youth through music. www.heartbeat.fm

3.03pm

It's Just a Matter of Grime

Interactive music, rap production workshop facilitated by musician and producer Raphael Frank and guests. “Grime is now the sound of British Youth and things are only beginning” - The Independent

4.04pm

That Swahili Ukulele Laughter Thingymajig

Try learning the Ukulele and singing along to traditional Swahili songs whilst splitting your sides laughing. Facilitated by the Mama Africa of the Modern Era with an infectious laugh, Mim Suleiman. www.mimsuleiman.co.uk  

5.05pm

Making the Dream Infectious

Founders and directors of organisations in Sri Lanka, Colombia, Israel/Palestine, Northern Ireland, talk about their influence, aspirations and challenges of managing and keeping the vision alive. The highs, the lows and those comedy moments.

Throughout the day:

Art of Conversation Wall

Interactive art wall with Jessica Balla & guests www.ballawaves.com

Nikos Petsakos

Greek Bazuki player Nikos will be complimenting the beautiful garden spaces in Mount Stewart. It would remind you of the line of Baudelaire “Sound and perfume swirl in the evening air.”

Artist: Jamie Harper

The fastest draw in the West

About #ArtsDialogue

A unique Arts led approach for shared learning drawing on a decades of peacebuilding experience across the Globe. #ArtsDialogue aims to challenge, question and provoke mediocrity through unbounded creativity in the pursuit for a more peaceful and equal society. Arts Dialogue collective is an intergenerational diverse team of artists & peace activists.

The organisations represented in the collective are Beyond Skin (Northern Ireland), Heartbeat (Israel-Palestine), The Music Project (Sri Lanka) & Escuelas de Paz (Colombia)  Brehon Advisory. (Middle East) and United Network of Young Peace Builders regarding #Youth4Peace initiative.

Please note: programme is subject to change

Friends of Mount Stewart Conversations Festival 2017

Friends of Mount Stewart Conversations Festival

Mount Stewart Conversations Festival is delivered with the support of a number of leading funding bodies, charities and cultural organisations.