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Festival volunteering. Give a hand to fun!

Volunteers don’t only have to help out in disaster-hit regions and impoverished areas. You can be a volunteer at a place where other people enjoy being and where you assist them in having fun.

Volunteering at festivals is a great way to get work experience, build a network and meet new friends. You will find out what goes on in the backstage and what’s behind all the smoke and mirrors. Last but not least, volunteering gets you to a festival “for free”!

Below, you will find a few tips on where to look for festival volunteering opportunities. However, the list is hardly examining all the options as most of the times festivals call for volunteers on social media a few weeks before the event starts. Other festivals have a pool of volunteers, don’t hesitate to check their websites and drop an email well in advance. There’s a good chance your favourite festival needs you!


Music festivals

Oxfam
As an Oxfam Festival Volunteer you get to assist at music festivals across the UK and you will get a proper training as well.

Hotbox Events
Some other UK music festivals volunteer offers are being listed here.

Festival Volunteer Center
Click to find volunteering opportunities at music festivals in Hungary including Sziget in Budapest.

Roskilde Festival (June-July)
The biggest music festival in Denmark offers multiple volunteering positions and not all of them require you to speak Danish.

Colours of Ostrava (July)
In the Czech Republic you can volunteer at a festival that mixes mainstream, alternative and world music and it takes place in a former industrial complex.

 

Film festivals

Tromsø (January)
At the Norwegian film festival volunteering offers include checking tickets, driving a car or taking care of the festival guests.

Rotterdam (January – February)
Roughly 900 volunteers get assigned to about 30 different positions at this festival in the Netherlands and non-Dutch volunteers can choose between 14 of the 30 positions.

Annecy (June)
The French animated film festival regularly calls for volunteers.

Edinburgh (June)
Every year the Edinburgh International Film Festival in Scotland involves around 130 volunteers across multiple departments.

Sarajevo (August)
In the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina a number of festival volunteering opportunities are offered to English speakers aged over 18 years, including the assistance in welcoming and registration of guests at the airport and hotels or administrative tasks in the Festival Office.

 

Game festivals

Brussels Games Festival (August)
Volunteers with a passion for board games, role playing games or other types of games are needed to encourage people to play games together, assemble and disassemble the infrastructure or for providing first aid at the Belgian event.

Dublin Games Festival (November)
Everyone over 18 years old can volunteer at this Irish gaming event and thus gain valuable experience in the gaming industry.

Game Developers Session (November – December)
As a volunteer you can gain access even to a conference that is not open to the public. Like a game developers gathering in Prague, Czech Republic where you can attend workshops and talks of international game makers between your work shifts.

Game developers (especially the independent ones) can also from time to time look for volunteers to test their new game. Follow the websites of developers near you to be able to answer the call when it comes!

 

Note: When applying, always make sure that the form asking for your data is actually connected to the official website of the event. Also be advised that some festivals are named similarly although they have nothing in common.