Creative Bournemouth with BEAF

BEAF, Bournemouth’s exciting celebration of home-grown creativity, returns for a third festival this year, from Saturday 4th to Sunday 12th May.

Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe is the town’s largest independent arts and cultural festival, with a programme of exhibitions, theatre productions, concerts, comedy, cabaret, dance and film screenings outdoors, in galleries, cafés, bars and other unexpected locations across town, with a focus on the Boscombe area.

The BEAF Film Festival will be hosted at the historic Shelley Theatre, featuring a selection of short films and the famous 1929 silent movie, Man with a Movie Camera, celebrating 90 years since it was first screened, accompanied with a new live score from The Cabinet of Living Cinema.

The BEAF Street Festival will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 6th May, bringing arts onto the precinct in Boscombe, including life-sized 2D characters by local artist Jake Trickett on the High Street and the opening of the iconic blue police box as the Boscombe Centre for Contemporary Arts, curated by artist Stuart Semple.

BEAF director Carol Maund says: “Bournemouth offers a broad cultural programme in the town centre, but we want to turn the spotlight onto our local communities and show how many talented and internationally recognised artists live and work right here, and how beneficial arts and culture are for businesses, community spirit and wellbeing in the area. The festival is an opportunity to showcase new work created by our amazing creative community, whilst getting more local people and businesses involved in the arts.”

For more information visit

Pictured: Boscombe Characters © Jake Trickett