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 aimed to reflect this by providing a platform people to explore these accomplishments through theatre, art, fun, philosophy and reflection.

The festival was an umbrella organisation consisting of representation from many different organisations. The aim was to curate and promote work and events under the festival brand to create a festival that would 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.

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

The festival worked with and was 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 or was a registered as a Community Interest Company. The organisation also contained a creative and programming committee comprising all of the above stakeholders in order to build a programme of events.