Grass MenBournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe (BEAF) takes place from October 15th to November 1st 2015.
For residents, this is an opportunity to attend up to 150 unique events with family and friends. With over 60% of the events being free to the public, Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe provides a platform for more than 500 artists, performers and creatives, with activities spanning across 55 venues in Bournemouth and the surrounding area.The BEAF team, made up entirely of volunteers, have been working hard over the last six months to bring the return of this highly anticipated event, showcasing a host of home-grown talent that exists across the area. Now leading into its second year and larger than ever, this 18 day festival offers a widely diverse array of creative events, including theatre, exhibitions, music, poetry, film and workshops for all ages.Participant and AUB Photography student, Becca Cairns explains how ‘The Fringe festival is bringing more art and culture into Bournemouth for both the public and the artists who reside here. It has helped immensely as it has brought the spotlight onto emerging artists who otherwise would not have had the knowledge or the opportunity to showcase their work to a huge audience.’ The festival has emerged from the combined efforts of local volunteers and performers with
the addition of a few very exciting imports from around the UK and beyond, including artists from London, Bristol as well as Berlin, Germany.
These artists are seeing the potential of the south coast. There’s a change in the creative
scene in Bournemouth and the fringe is providing the necessary platform that artists need.Matthew Shaw 2

Participating artist, Martin Coyne says ‘The Fringe is empowering and facilitating local artists to work in unison to produce a dazzling diverse range of work’.

Much of the funding that made it all possible came from BEAF’s crowdfunding campaign
which saw many Bournemouth businesses showing their support.

‘Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to our crowdfunding campaign this year. With the solid support of local businesses and organisations as well as the donations of our generous backers, we raised £1043 through Indiegogo.com. With these contributions on top of support from Arts University Bournemouth and Bournemouth Coastal Bid, we produced 10,000 event programmes and launched the largest ever arts festival to emerge in
Bournemouth’.

Dan Broadbent, Festival Coordinator

Almost six months in the planning and the festival is finally here. All that’s left to do is to try something new and be inspired.
For more information, including the full lineup of events, check out www.gotbeaf.co.uk.