Friday, 05 May 2023 10:08

Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival (BEAF) is back for 2023

Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival (BEAF) is back for 2023

BEAF 2023 is bringing unheard voices to Boscombe. The popular arts festival is hosting 10 days of exhibitions, performances, workshops and events, from 15 - 25 June 2023, with the theme of 'Unheard Voices'.

The festival kicks off with the Launch Party on Friday 16 June, bringing incredible music all the way from Soweto to Boscombe’s glorious Victorian music venue, the O2. Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (known as BCUC) combines a heady mix of indigenous funk, hip hop and punk rock energy, portraying the rich traditions, rituals and beliefs coming out of Africa.

• Get Launch Party Tickets

Festival highlights include:

Sat 17-Sun 25 June, 11am-6pm, B.A.D.
B.A.D. will feature our major festival exhibition, Boscombe World, commissioned from artist Harold Offeh, an adventurous visual and sensory art installation, inviting play, participation and contemplation.
“Boscombe World explores the area’s rich history as a seaside resort for visitors in search of health, recuperation and pleasure, brought into dialogue with Boscombe’s contemporary perception as a place for recovery, sanctuary and asylum.”

Sat 17-Sun 25 June, 11am-6pm, Boscombe Precinct
Spilling out onto the streets, BEAF is building its first Art Pavilion, a space for workshops, performances and maybe a game of backgammon or chess. Alongside this, photographer Brendan Barry is building a life-size Camera Obscura, creating a unique photographic portrait of Boscombe. Artist Keira Rathbone will also be documenting eyes of passersby using a manual typewriter.

• Stateless, a dance circus performance from Joli Vyann

• ‘kid’ by Si Mack from the The Outsiders Project

• Portraits of Boscombe by Photographer Brendan Barry

See the full programme on the Festival Website