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Being a Boy celebration and documentary premiere


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  • Pavilion Dance South West


Date and time: Tuesday 30 January 2024, 18.30-21.00

Location: Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth

The Access and Participation Team invites you to join us for this year’s Being a Boy celebration event.

This will be an opportunity to join the young men from the 2023 Being a Boy workshop series and their supporters to celebrate their creative successes and achievements. And to see the premiere of the Being a Boy Character Documentary, which follows the experiences of the young men on the brand-new acting workshop set at AUB’s Palace Court Theatre.

The 2022-23 academic year saw the student facing workshops double, from three workshops in 2022, to six in 2023. The young men explored themes of masculinity and identity across the workshop series through creative writing, fashion branding and communication, acting, photography, dance and illustration.

The event will also launch the 2024 Being a Boy workshop series.


Pavilion Dance
Overlooking Lower Gardens
Westover Road

Being a Boy

The Being a Boy project, launched in 2022, was a brand-new initiative which provides space for young men to creatively engage with the role of masculinity in their day-to-day lives.

The project has received recognition in the sector as an example of best practice. Winning the HELOA (Higher Education Liaison Officers Association) Best Practice Outreach and Recruitment Award, and HELOA Best Practice Collaboration Award in January 2023.

Read on for more information about the HELOA Award wins.

Being a Boy was also a Silver Award Winner for Best Widening Participation Initiative at the 2023 HEIST Awards.

Here's the full story about AUB’s HEIST Award wins in July 2023.

Previous celebrations

How to be a Boy premiere

In celebration of Being a Boy participants, the How to be a Boy documentary premiered at Pavilion Dance South West, following the young men as they participated in the Empower 2022 creative writing workshop.

Also celebrated at the event was successes and experiences the boys that participated in the Capture and Lift Off workshops including poetry readings and showing of Beneath the Surface.

Visit this event's page for more information.

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