About Us

We are an innovative and independent organisation of freelancers and volunteers, who feel passionately that culture changes communities for the better.

What we do

  • we run a festival, but we are more than a festival
  • we work all year round to create opportunities for artists and audiences
  • we give voice to our diverse community
  • we find and encourage the next generation of artists and arts champions
  • we work at the heart of our communities to find new audiences
  • we work with local businesses to develop a thriving community
  • we inspire the creative community with our fresh collaborative approach

How we do it

  • we commission and co-create new work
  • we find affordable places in which to experiment, exhibit, perform and stage events
  • we spark creative development
  • we create opportunities for freelancers, volunteers and people who want to work in the arts

Why we do it

  • generosity, passion and kindness is at the core of everything we do
  • we want to give people a voice – because we believe everyone has a right to be seen and heard within our community
  • we want to open doors for people – because we believe in a world where there are no barriers
  • we want our community to shape our culture – because we believe that culture changes communities
  • we believe people should feel supported and valued, whatever their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity

Globe Theatre On Tour Impact Report

The Shakespeare’s Globe came to the roof of Boscombe Sovereign car park to perform Julius Caesar, 2-3 July 2022. Read about what people thought here.

BEAF Impact Report

A report from our 2019 Festival. It’s a pdf, it will open in a brower window but you can download it to read later.

Meet The Beaf Team

Carol Maund


Carol believes passionately in quality arts in the community and opening up opportunities for young people. She works inclusively and collaboratively and is the Queen of Scheme.

Nell Leyshon


Nell is a playwright and novelist and has lived in Bournemouth for 28 years. She runs The Outsiders Project, part of BEAF, and is Deputy Chair of Shakespeare’s Globe

Hanh Hoang


Though worked in the science sector for most of her life, Art has always been in her heart with a passion for Argentine Tango as a dancer and teacher. Hanh now runs and organise dance club & festivals both local and internationally.

Caroline Beale Johnson

Caroline is a photographer with many years’ experience in a wide range of photography genres, from commercial interiors and product photography to portraiture. She set up Seeking Refuge in 2019 and delivers weekly workshops for BEAF as well as supporting community groups such as Young at Heart and The Outsiders Project.

Jo Billingham

Jo is a director and theatre practitioner originally from the Midlands and now based in Bournemouth. She is an assistant on The Outsiders Project, and enjoys working with emerging artists on the development of new work.

Rebecca Russell

Becca moves between Boscombe and London working at BEAF whilst studying curating. She is interested in long term community projects, spaces for collaboration and alternative models. She works alongside the team programming the festival and film programme. 

Angel Boateng

Angel graduated from Royal Holloway in History, Philosophy and Politics and has begun training as a social worker. Angel is liaising with BEAF, completing various accessibility research. 

Deena Jackman

Deena is a multidisciplinary sonic artist, musician and general soundnerd. She composes for mixed media including theatre and film. Deena produces podcasts, music and audio content for The Outsiders Project.

Victoria Pirie

Victoria runs BEAF Festival evaluation. She also runs Pomegranate consultancy and has lived locally for 30 years. Victoria likes questionnaires

Colin Phillimore

As a freelance creative Colin works across art forms with other local partners. He’s a performance poet, works in site specific theatre and street theatre, delivering ACE and NHLF funded projects

Nat Cook

Freelance visual artist, designer and art director. Nat has worked with a host of brands from Lush to Vans and now resides with BEAF. She loves working on large scale installations, big bold and brash graphics with punchy colours to match. When she’s not working with BEAF she’s designing, illustrating and selling prints.

Chris Anderton

Chris is Production Manager for BEAF and also tries to keep the BEAF team organised. He even created this webpage.

Krishna Malla

Krishna Malla aka Tech Moon is a professional street artist from Cornwall. A trained Illustrator and visiting tutor at the AUB, Krishna found his artistic feet painting large scale murals across the UK. His work is often underpinned by a love for wildlife and experiments in realism.

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