About Us

The Shelley Frankenstein Festival was established to celebrate the life and works of the Shelley family, some of whom lived in the Boscombe / Bournemouth area and many of whom are buried in Bournemouth.

Their artistic, social and political accomplishments reverberate around the world to this day. The Shelley Frankenstein Festival aims to reflect this by providing a platform people to explore these accomplishments through theatre, art, fun, philosophy and reflection.

We are an umbrella organisation consisting of representation from many different organisations. Our aim is to curate and promote work and events under the festival brand to create a festival that will help make the Shelley family relatable to a new generation on a local level and promote Boscombe and Bournemouth as a Shelley destination nationally and internationally.

We launched with a pilot festival in 2016 which contained 40+ varied events catering to a wide age range and level of interests. In 2017 we are running a self contained festival that will help to launch our biggest festival – 2018 – the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Frankenstein..

We are currently working with and supported significantly by

  • Arts University Bournemouth
  • Bournemouth Council and Bournemouth Libraries Service
  • Bournemouth University
  • Creative Kids UK
  • St Peters Church
  • Shelley Theatre Trust
  • The Shelley Trust

Plus individual creative partners and individual as listed within their respective events.

The organisation is working towards accreditation as a charity and has assembled a board of trustees. The organisation also contains a creative and programming committee comprising all of the above stakeholders in order to build a programme of events. We are currently seeking funding partners to enable us to commission work for 2018.