Nominated for Culture award
Fiona Stewart is the CEO and owner of the annual Green Man Festival, which started in 2003. It is the largest contemporary arts and science festival in Wales. One of 5 remaining large independent UK music festivals, it takes place in the Brecon Beacons.
She is the only woman with controlling ownership of a large commercial UK festival.
In a competitive market, Green Man still sells out each year. It attracts 25,000 people a day from around the world to Mid-Wales.
Fiona champions Wales as an innovator and hub of creativity. She supports international and emerging talent in music, film, comedy, theatre, literature and the arts. Headline acts have included Patti Smith, Super Furry Animals, PJ Harvey, Mumford and Sons and Robert Plant. However, a large proportion of the artists and practitioners are Welsh. It offers Wales an international platform to display its contemporary culture. It is also a welcoming and beautiful destination.
The Green Man Trust Charity was founded in 2013. It has:
- supported 3000 artists
- trained 2000 people
- hosted 200 science engagement projects
- supported 27 Welsh community projects.
Activities have included:
- training in stage recording and editing for Merthyr College students
- immersive social engagement experiences and training for former refugees at Oasis Refugee Centre
- immersive social engagement experiences for disadvantaged adults from Salvation Army Cardiff.
The Green Man Trust supports work from Welsh National Theatre Wales, Citrus Arts, No Fit State and the Welsh National Dance Company.
Green Man started the first festival science engagement area called Einstein’s Garden. It is seen as a leader in this field by renowned science institutions. These include the Wellcome Trust, Crick Institute, Cancer Research, Cardiff University, UCL, Cambridge, Swansea, Oxford and Aberystwyth and Imperial.