The National Trust has announced a vibrant line-up of conversation and collaboration ahead of the 4th Mount Stewart Conversations Festival. Graffiti and grime rap are set to inject new colour and creativity into the popular two-day event on Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 September.

Mount Stewart Conversations Festivals

With Jamaican fusion dance, Indian Henna and Ukulele workshops, this annual festival of witty chat, culture and arts offers an amazing and impressive mix of eclectic entertainment. The funny, challenging, and radical activities include the chance to make your own money with The Journeyman Printers or shout about what’s important to you on ‘Show Some Love Radio’. Anyone seeking a more relaxed festival vibe will be able to soak up the Sound and Healing Spa or test out the stress-busting benefits of choir singing.

National Trust Visitor Experience Consultant, Helen McGorman, says the programme promises another exciting weekend at the stunning Strangford estate Having welcomed debates and discussions down through the decades, the Conversations Festival reignites Mount Stewart’s reputation as a home for the arts, music and ideas. In addition to the superb line-up of speakers, ‘ideas’ have been a strong creative hinge for this year’s free programme. Working with local arts organisations, Beyond Skin and Seedhead Arts, we’ve curated a village of mind melding content that represent a different way of thinking and engaging with ideas. Through the addition of a Mobiloo mobile Changing Places facility, we’ve also endeavoured to make the festival as inclusive as possible through making it more accessible for visitors with disabilities. We hope everyone will come and enjoy the free experiences on offer.”

While festival admission is free, tickets for the main speaker talks should be pre-booked online. Headlining this year is Sky News presenter, Mark Austin who will regale audiences with tales and stories from his 35 years in the world of television news. In partnership with Open House Festival, Mark will chat to Stephen Walker about an extraordinary career that spanned warzones to World Cups. Sharing the stage to discuss aristocracy, royalty and rock stars will be two close confidants of Princess Margaret, Princess Josephine Loewenstein and Lady Ann Glenconner, while renowned historian, biographer and broadcaster Hugo Vickers will chat to Tom Perrin of Zuleika Publishing about his career and writings.

To download the full festival programme and book tickets for the headline talks, visit The event is kindly supported by Tourism NI and Ards and North Down Borough Council.

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