Bournemouth’s Fringe Festival Returns in May

From Saturday 4th to Sunday 12th May Bournemouth’s largest independent arts and cultural festival, B. E. A. F. (Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe), returns to celebrate and showcase the work of Bournemouth’s vibrant, home-grown creative community. Running for the third time since 2015, B. E. A. F. presents 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 area in and around Boscombe.


The opening weekend on Sat 4th and Sun 5th May will see exhibitions open in various locations. Performances and workshops will take place at the Bournemouth Natural Science Society, and the B. E. A. F. Film Festival will be hosted at the Shelley Theatre, featuring a selection of short films and the famous 1929 silent film, 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 B. E. A. F. 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 populating Boscombe High Street and the opening of the iconic police box as the Boscombe Centre for Contemporary Arts, curated by artist Stuart Semple. Music and performances, workshops and a massive floor mural will be just some of the activities taking place in Boscombe that day.

The festival will draw to a close at the second weekend with events at Churchill Gardens.

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,” says B. E. A. F. Director, Carol Maund.

B. E. A. F. 2019 is supported by funding from Arts Council England and Bournemouth Coastal BID.

For the full programme, bookings and further details, pick up a programme in venues across Bournemouth from April or go online for full listings at