Mount Stewart Conversations Festival

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UPDATED 27th September

FULL PROGRAMME SCHEDULE HERE

This unmissable two day festival 14 & 15 October, celebrates the arts on an international scale and reveals Mount Stewart’s history as a hothouse of creativity, individuality and political influence.

Building on the success of last year’s event, Mount Stewart Conversations is once again attracting a stellar line-up of acclaimed guests who will debate, read and talk on a wide range of subjects.  An exciting mix of activities and entertainment is planned to take place around the family home and world-famous gardens. 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!  Beyond Skin as a partner in this years festival will be bringing together international and local artists with guest speakers who will encourage audience participation through creative dialogue workshops and performances.

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.

The event features a large #ArtsDialogue programme hosted by a diverse team of artists & peacebuilders arriving to our shores including: Mim Suleiman described as Mama Africa of the Modern Era, cutting edge Grime producer Raphael Frank, one of Wales finest visual artists Jess Balla & special guests from Escuelas de Paz (Colombia), Heartbeat (Israel/Palestine) Brehon Advisory (Middle East).  Beyond Skin is also proud to welcome Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, the founder & driector of Afghanistan National Institute of Music who will feature alongside Shalini Wickramasuriya of The Music Project in Sri Lanka, to discuss the use of Orchestras to overcome conflict.. A full list of activties is available at this link
 

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.

Further details of the full programme and Tickets details

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mount-stewart/features/mount-stewart-conversations

#MSconversations

Beyond Skin team have a soft spot for Mount Stewart and we have loved working with the National Trust team there. Watch the VIDEO of when Mount Stewart hosted part of our Global Youth Peace Summit back in March 2017.


Beyond Skin would wish to thank IBIS Belfast Hotels, British Council, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Comic Relief, Ards & North Down Borough Counci for their support.

Beyond Skin Programme

#ARTSDIALOGUE GARDEN –SATURDAY 14th

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 & Sound workshop with Musician & #youth4peace ambassador Dani Carragher (DANI) and guests. www.danimusicathome.com
1.01pm
Schools of Peace Colombia
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. www.beyondskin.net/futyoures
Supported by British Council
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 & 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 & 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 & 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

At various locations throughout the day
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.”

At various locations throughout the day
Artist: Jamie Harper - The fastest draw in the West

 

#ARTSDIALOGUE GARDEN –SUNDAY 16TH

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 & Sound workshop with Musician & #youth4peace ambassador Dani Carragher (DANI) and guests. www.danimusicathome.com
1.01pm
Indian Arts
Henna workshop hosted by Amita Ravikirana
1.30pm
Orchestras of Peace (In Conversation Marquee)
Dr. Ahmad Sarmast  (Director of Afghanistan Institute of Music & Afghan Women’s Orchestra) and Shalini Wickramasuriya (The Music Project, Sri Lanka). Facilitated by Shelley Deane (Brehon Advisory) 
Free Tickets here
www.themusicprojectsl.com  www.anim-music.org  www.brehonadvisory.com
2.02pm
Heartbeart. Amplifying Young Voices
Music & 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 & 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 & 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

At various locations throughout the day
Artist: Jamie Harper - The fastest draw in the West.

FULL PROGRAMME SCHEDULE HERE