Ian Hislop among guests attending Mount Stewart Conversations

Published : 15 Aug 2017

Building on last year’s event, Mount Stewart Conversations Festival 2017 will welcome a host of influential and well known speakers including Ian Hislop, the UK’s best known and much loved satirist and Private Eye editor, commentator and Sunday Mail columnist, Rachel Johnson and journalist Rosie Boycott to name but a few!

The specialist talks will explore a wealth of topics of global, political and social interest, including the 2018 anniversary of Women and Suffrage, Brexit and the Irish Economy, Political Women of Ireland, Journeys through time, Myths and Legends and much more. 

BBC Northern Ireland will also host a series of talks throughout the weekend and visitors will have the opportunity to learn about journalism, the ancient world, comedy, world affairs and literature.  Guest speakers will include Jonathan Lynn, who co-wrote Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister, Dan Cruickshank, Natalie Haynes, Edith Hall and Fiona Stafford.

Festival goers will be encouraged to engage in live debates and discussions, as well as share personal views and opinions.  Details of other well-known celebrity speakers and presenters will be released in the coming weeks.

Fringe festival fun

In addition to the talks programme, the festival will also have a fringe programme which will include an eclectic mix of participative activities, art, dance, music and much more.  This programme will be delivered through our partners Beyond Skin, an intercultural arts organisation, and many local artists and practitioners.

Speaking about Mount Stewart Conversations Festival, Jon Kerr, General Manager, Mount Stewart said; ‘This year’s festival is attracting a wonderful line up of speakers who will share, reflect and debate a wealth of contemporary and debatable topics.

'In addition to the amazing programme of talks, the fringe festival will create an opportunity for visitors get involved and play their part - create new art, make music, write a story and discover more about this magical place.  We are also delighted to announce that the Trust’s National Public Programme Theme for 2018 will be launched at the festival, which is a wonderful accolade for Mount Stewart”.

Further details of the full programme will be released over the coming weeks.

Tickets will be available from 1 September 2017.

Access to Mount Stewart during the weekend for ticket holders and non-ticket holders will be Normal Admission and National Trust Members free.

Tickets for BBC NI talks will be available on the BBC website in the usual way.

Mount Stewart Conversations Festival is supported by Ards and North Down Borough Council.