“We’re surrounded by cities,” Tor Byrnes says, in answering why Bournemouth often gets overlooked as a destination for live music. We Broke Free, the live music promotion agency set up and ran by Tor, grew out of her regular DJ night for indie music, itself held at 60 Million Postcards, which still functions as the central home for WBF.

Tor now sits on the Arts by the Sea council as their resident “indie child”, while still continuing to curate, book and run the WBF shows that take place either a...

You know that you’re in the midst of interesting company when 50ft towers of industrial strength, hand-tied bamboo, Bournemouth gardens awash with fire and an illuminated Puppet family all make an appearance. Activate Performing Arts; originally based in Dorchester, have been running various creative projects for the past 26 years, initially helping to produce and develop local and mid-level artists. Yet organic expansion has seen productions multiply in scope and ambition, as is showcased by th...

I know what you're thinking... Soup has always been in Bournemouth, in fact I had soup last week. 

We're talking about a different kind of Soup. Let us explain.

On Saturday 29th April at the Wellspring Centre in Boscombe, a big bunch of us will eat soup together and raise money for community projects in Bournemouth. This is how it's going to work:

1) Everyone pays a suggestion donation of £5 on the door (if you can't afford £5, that's ok - pay what you can! If want to pay a bit more, that's ok too!...

November 2, 2016


Me and Michael were in the West Howe Industrial estate visiting a few projects when we were told,

“Did you know there's a life sized model village around the corner?”

To which our response was,

“Sorry, the what?”

You don't expect to hear of such things, and definitely not on an industrial estate. 

Well… we got excited and went hunting. And we found it.

Nestled in between your classic industrial park businesses we found an unassuming warehouse labeled “StreetWise”.

We rang the door bell and asked...

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