What does being human mean to you?


BEAF Festival is happening

As you know, despite the current lockdown situation, we are super keen to continue with the BEAF Festival this year, which will bring Boscombe to life from May 29 – June 6 2021.

Our theme this year is 2B Human and our commissioned artists are busy creating on some fantastic work that focuses on what does it mean to be human. We thought it was about time we asked you to share your views too!

What does being human mean to you?

We want to hear, see, and share your ideas on what it means to be human with our community!

With Lockdown 3.0 firmly upon us, we have all had a bit of extra time to stop and really think about what makes us feel human. Whether it is a feeling, your craft, a place, a quote or even a memory, we all have something at the forefront of our human experience.

Colourful background with quote from Helen Keller that reads: "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart"


Each year we provide a theme for our artists to explore. The theme 2BHuman is continuing from last year and the festival that would have been. Continuing with this theme for 2021 has allowed our artists to reflect and really delve into being human, during a time where many of our natural human instincts have been challenged; much of their work has developed or changed through their experiences living within a pandemic.

Share your #2BHuman experience 

We are welcoming your ideas on being human in any form that can be shared digitally or translated into a phrase or quote to feature in our exhibition. Any images and videos must be high resolution and no longer than 2 minutes long.

Send us your perspective on being human to gotbeaf@gmail.com or through our social channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Stay tuned to find our what being human means to our community!

Your thoughts on being human will form a new exhibition within the window of our B.A.D building in the centre of Boscombe and be shared with our online community too.

We have already asked some of the BEAF Team to share what being human means to them to help inspire you which we will share on social media. Here’s one from Nicola, our BEAF Marketing team member – how cute are these!