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

Chris Anderton

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

Natasha Player

Natasha Player is a Creative Changemaker consultant supporting ogranisations, venues and businesses to create cultural shifts. Working with organisations such as locally Umoja Arts Network and nationally ‘Without Walls’ to increase diversity and inclusion in the arts. Natasha loves data but loves people even more!

Laura Mulhern

Laura is an arts marketing specialist and manages the BEAF marketing and comms, including cooking up the BEAF Stew each week! She also works as a creative business mentor for artists across the UK through her own venture Plan Make Do. She also has a soft spot for beaches, dogs and Jaffa Cakes.

Victoria Pirie

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

Lucy Turner

Lucy runs volunteer training sessions for BEAF along with Caroline Johnson. She is an animation lecturer on AUB foundation and a freelance producer for eclectic media projects

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.

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.

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

Ninon Leyshon

Ninon is trained in drama. She works as an assistant on The Outsiders Project, and helps support the artists and the team. She loves text work and helping develop big plans.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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