Join B.E.A.F for a vibrant programme of exhibitions, performances, music, comedy, cabaret, dance and film taking place both on the streets and in galleries, cafés and shopping arcades in and around Boscombe and across the town.
The Opening Weekend Sat 4th and Sun 5th May launches the festival including the return of the Art Trail of exhibitions; performances and events at the fascinating Bournemouth Natural Science Society plus the very popular BEAF Film Festival at the Shelley Theatre.
Bringing mayhem and madness to the streets on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May is the BEAF Street Festival, full of performances, dance, workshops and live street music. Find a piano and play a tune or just listen to the buskers out on the streets, or take part in our street art! Lots going on throughout the day.
The festival programme continues throughout the week, culminating in our final event in Churchill Gardens, a chance to chill and enjoy art and performances out in the park with friends and family.
Exhibition Preview Trail on Saturday 4 May: from 6pm to 8pm you are invited to meet the artists behind the festival’s art exhibitions and installations, many of which are situated at the Sovereign Centre and the Royal Arcade in central Boscombe. Take part in bubble workshops in the Night Garden space and interactive sound healing sessions, and enjoy art made from rejected and recycled substances as well as live skating and dance performances. Find Jake Trickett’s Boscombe characters, which are hiding in the streets around the area, and claim your prize!
BEAF Street Festival on Bank Holiday Monday 6 May: See Boscombe Precinct and adjacent areas turned into one giant party space, with live music throughout the day, pianos to play on, live art installations and performances and a life-size grass sculpture roaming the streets.
Highlight on Photography: Photography is a particular focus of BEAF 2019. Curated by Gallery of Photography Bournemouth, a brand-new centre for contemporary photography, the festival offers a wide programme of photo exhibitions and workshops in various venues, as well as a talk by artists Tim Edgar and Demeter Dykes and a silent print auction at the Old School House in Boscombe.
Film is represented throughout the festival, starting with the BEAF Film Festival on Sunday 5 May at the Shelley Theatre. Further film events include KIWI, a short dance film screened at Boscombe Library; Plastic People, a film created by young people from Boscombe with musician and performer Scott Lavene; an anniversary screening of Dziga Vertov’s 1929 silent movie Man with a Movie Camera and a 35mm presentation of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed (cert. 18).
The last weekend of the festival also features Art in the Park, a green mini festival for all the family at Boscombe’s Churchill Gardens (Friday 10 & Saturday 11 May), with drawing workshops, a large octopus community sculpture, music, storytelling and lots of other activities.
Aged 16-21 and want to be part of BEAF Festival?
BEAF is looking for young people aged 16 – 21 who would like to take part in the festival. Join the film making workshops, make a living grass sculpture, a large octopus or just help as a volunteer with festival events! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and find out more about getting involved!
The event takes place at various locations across the town. Please visit www.b-e-a-f.co.uk for full details of what’s on and where.
- Event Date(s)4 May 2019-12 May 2019
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