In 2021, Bohemians became the first football club in the world to initiate a strand of work on climate justice. Their project, The Bohemian Way, is one of Creative Ireland’s 15 innovative Creative Climate Action projects. Taking place from September 8th-11th, Bohemians are partnering with the Oatly Climate/Culture Lab to debut this unique outdoor festival.
Communities and environmental crises
BEFF is set to be the first festival focused on the stories of people and communities on the front lines of the fight against environmental catastrophe. With an increasing awareness of the intersection between people’s lives and the consequences of environmental breakdown, filmmakers worldwide are telling the story of struggle and survival in the face of converging environmental crises.
Prior to now, there has been no signature festival focused on platforming and celebrating these films of courage, solidarity, hope and anguish in the age of the Anthropocene and biodiversity collapse.
Sponsored by Oatly, and enabled by Irish event management company Happenings, the festival will bring together Irish and international filmmakers, storytellers, activists, and decision-makers for a special weekend of screenings and events that will advance our understanding of the environmental injustices faced by communities in Ireland and worldwide, and the prospects for reparation. The festival is part of the Bohemian Way, Bohemians’ Creative Ireland-funded Creative Climate Action project.
Bohemians’ climate justice efforts aim to bring vital messages about climate change and climate action to football fans and the broader community in an engaging and empowering manner.