Festival of Conversations

An unmissable festival weekend of debate, ideas, storytelling, art and music

Festival Details


Saturday, 17 September 2016 to Sunday, 18 September 2016


Mount Stewart


Day pass: £30, Weekend pass: £50.

Mount Stewart has announced an unmissable festival weekend of debate, ideas, storytelling, art and music on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September 2016.

Guests at the first ever Mount Stewart Conversations festival organised by the National Trust will include world class speakers, the best of Northern Irish music and a selection of artistic surprises around the world famous gardens.

Already confirmed are David Aaronovitch, journalist, broadcaster, and author; Jonathan Powell, former Chief of Staff to Tony Blair; Anne Applebaum, Pullitzer Prize winning author…. and much more.

Musicians will include Iain Archer on Saturday 17 September. Iain is an Ivor Novello Award winning songwriter from Bangor, County Down.  Meanwhile Sunday 18 September will finish off with Ursula Burns, a musician and comedian who is described as ‘the most dangerous harpist in the world’. Lords of Strut, winner of the 2013 Street Performers World Championship, will also be bringing their own unique brand of entertainment to the shores of Strangford Lough.

The lawns at Mount Stewart will be brought to life by a range of street performers including The Campervan of Dreams, The Journeymen Printers, the sounds of local musicians and plenty of surprises to make you smile.

A food village and bar will also provide snacks and refreshments throughout the weekend, with plenty of spaces to relax and think over that interesting conversation you just had.

Tickets are on sale now for this inspiring, mind-expanding, one of a kind weekend at Mount Stewart.

Festival day passes are £30, or a festival weekend pass is available for £50. Concession discounts are also available.

Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/conversations for more information. More announcements will be made in the coming weeks.