Volunteering Opportunities

Please follow the @lifeisafestival twitter feed for up to date information on festival volunteering opportunities!


Apply for these volunteer jobs now:

Please note that quite a number of festivals require their volunteers to be over 18.  Do check if this is the case for the festival you are interested in in order to avoid disappointment.


August 2011: Synchronicity Festival, volunteer info can be found here

Other festivals currently looking for volunteers: Fringe (September), VIFF (October), VIWF (October)

Happening in October 2010 – Dublin

Dublin’s Darklight Festival is once again recruiting enthusiastic, motivated and fun loving volunteers to help bring the festival to life and assist with various events. So if you are free the weekend of 28 – 31 October 2010 read on:

This year we are based in Dublin’s lively Temple Bar in The IFI, Filmbase and The Grand Social. The festival runs over the Halloween weekend from October 28th – 31st with a variety of positions available including front of house, runners and technical support. Volunteering is the ideal opportunity to meet people, gain experience in the film industry, enhance your CV and immerse yourself in the festival program!

So, if you have an interest in film, and want to be involved in Ireland’s premier festival celebrating independent, DIY and artist films , please contact the volunteer coordinators via email: volunteers (at) darklight (dot) ie and they will forward you on this year’s volunteer application form.

For more information about the festival, visit www.darklight.ie

Happening in July 2010 – Dublin

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The fabulous Festival of World Cultures has moved to the end of July this year but promises to be as lively, vibrant and inspiring as ever! There is no better way of getting into festival volunteering than this weekend filled with live music, nice people, workshops, food and crafts all right by the sea in Dun Laoghaire.  If you’re up for a weekend of global culture, join the fun and email Kathy at volunteers@fwc.ie for an application form and any other questions.

Volunteers are vital to the successful running of the Festival and play an important role within the Festival Team structure. In 2009 over 300 volunteers performed a wide variety of tasks ranging from, artist liaison, production and technical assistants, volunteer supervisors, performance supervisors, hospitality assistants and much more. In addition to learning how a festival operates, all volunteers will receive a specialised health and safety training session prior to the Festival weekend, entry to the volunteer festival club and a goodie bag.

Happening in July 2010 – Dublin

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The Kings of Concrete festival is now in its 5th year and is again looking for enthusiastic volunteers!

Here is a bit of info about it:

Spread over two days July 3rd/4th this action packed adrenaline fuelled spectacle will engage, inspire and more importantly blow your minds. With close to 10,000 people expected over the two days make sure you get your groove on early. The event is free to the public and is seriously family friendly!

The competitions are mounting up hard and fast– who’s gonna be crowned and carry the titles for 10? Competitions include: Breakdance Battles, MC Battles, Parkour and of course our massive Skateboarding ramps. Check News for full lsitings

Over 20 different writers from all over Europe shall be taking part in this year’s festival transforming the space over the two days. What will start as a blank canvas will slowly transform into an explosion of colour, characters and creativity. A living breathing art installation right before your eyes. Check News for full lsitings.

If you’re interested in joining the volunteer team for the first weekend in July drop Jessica a line at volunteer@kingsofconcrete.com for more information.

Happening in June 2010 – Dublin and Cork

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The fabulous Street Performance World Championship is back in a few weeks’ time and if you enjoyed it last year, want to make some new friends and have a good sense of humour, apply as a volunteer now!

If you are in Cork and free on 12 and 13 June or in Dublin and free any days 17-20 June AND would like to help us out by laughing, giggling, having fun – oh and helping with the performers and the audiences – then please email the lovely Kathy our volunteer co-ordinator (volunteers@spwc.ie). She’ll be sitting by her laptop eagerly waiting and only delighted to hear from you!

Happening in June 2010 – Donegal

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This is a pretty special volunteering opportunity at one of the most scenic places you can possibly be volunteering at on this lovely island:

The 5th Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival is currently seeking volunteers to be part of the festival team.

The festival, based in Gortahork along the beautiful Donegal coast, each year brings together a fantastic programme of award-winning international and Irish documentary films. With an emphasis on audience interaction, nearly all of our films have their directors present to participate in engaging and insightful discussion. In addition to the film programme, a series of seminars and master-classes are also offered.

This year the festival is running from 11th to 13th June and as with previous years, we will rely on the enthusiastic and helpful support of a team of volunteers. Potential roles include:

Venues ~ Box Office ~ Transport ~ Hospitality

If you have an interest in film, would like to meet others involved in the film industry, want some festival experience and are willing to give your time and effort to work for the festival (and having a cúpla focail will help too!), then please contact our festival manager Louise at volunteers@guthgafa.com.

Happening in May 2010 – Dublin

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Volunteering with Dublin Dance Festival has been one of my best festival volunteer experiences so far. The team is small and fun, the audiences are friendly and interesting and the shows are always amazing. Here are some details on the volunteer jobs available:

Dublin Dance Festival is current looking for volunteers to work with us in areas of artist liaison, marketing, front of house and event management for the duration of the 2010 Festival (May 8-23).

If this is your first time volunteering with a Festival, you’ll find it can be very rewarding way to meet new people, learn new skills (or teach us some!) and get to see lots of excellent dance performances (for free!)- this year’s Festival comprises 24 artists/companies from 9 countries over 15 days in 8 Dublin city venues… and talks, workshops, master classes, a film programme and a headphone disco!

For full details of our 2010 programme:

If you are interested and can commit a minimum of 2-3 evenings per week during May, please contact Tiina Ylonen on info@dublindancefestival.ie

Happening in March 2010 – Dublin

<no longer accepting volunteers for this year’s festival>

The Dublin St. Patrick’s Festival is looking for volunteers for the many events they are running between 12 and 17 March 2010, culminating in Ireland’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade.  I had a great time volunteering with the festival last year and met lots of lovely people. There was also a volunteer party, which was great craic, and it’s really fun to be part of such a huge, colourful celebration. If you’re interested in getting involved, simply fill in your details here. Don’t worry if you’re not sure about any of the information you’re asked to supply at this stage. You will be sent a proper volunteer form with detailed descriptions of each role once you have filled in the online form. Have fun!

Happening in January 2010 – Dublin

<no longer accepting volunteers for this year’s festival>

The Temple Bar Trad Fest from 27 – 31 January 2010 is a weekend full of quality Irish traditional music and as a volunteer you are part of a fun team who help out with the indoor and outdoor events, do market research and get to hear many of the musicians who make up Ireland’s vibrant trad music scene. To receive your volunteer application form, email trad@tascq.ie, the deadline is 14 November 2009.  There will be a volunteer meeting in the next few weeks to brief everyone on what’s going to happen and to see which shifts suit everyone. I just hope we’ll get a bit more sunshine than last year!

Happening in October 2009 – Dublin

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Autumn is a very busy time for festival volunteers. A great festival which I only discovered last year, but was totally fascinated with, is the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (22 – 31 October 2009). Even if you’re not that much into that type of music, give it a try, I was pleasantly surprised last year by how enthusiastic, technically skilled and fun everybody was. And it really made me want to make my own music!

DEAF would not be possible without the help of volunteers. Each year we put out a call for help during festival week in October and we are always overwhelmed by the response. Once again we are asking you to get in touch with us if you think you can help out in any way. This could be anything from putting up posters and lifting equipment, to ferrying artists to and from the airport. As always we can cover your expenses and would like to offer festival tickets in return for your efforts. If you’d like to help out and will be based in Dublin in October please drop karen@deafireland.com a mail with your contact info and we’ll be in touch.


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Open House Dublin (8 – 11 October 2009), Ireland’s largest architectural event presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation, is looking for interested volunteers. The festival is run in major cities around the world and this year’s Irish event, which is in its fourth year, has as its special focus ‘Dublin’s Architecture – The New Generation’.

Here is an extract from their website, more details here:

Explore another side of the city, help to run one of the most exciting architecture festivals worldwide, skip the queues with your volunteer credentials to get into over 100 buildings on this year’s programme, meet loads of new people, and join all the OH crew at the after party on Sunday night!

How long will it take? Minimum 4 hours

How to get involved: If you are interested or have any questions, email us at volunteers@architecturefoundation.ie


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If you have a few hours to spare in October and are into film think about applying to become a volunteer for Darklight (8 -11 October 2009):

The 2009 Darklight Festival is fast approaching and this year promises another exciting and innovative film program.

Once again we are seeking a team of motivated and passionate volunteers to help bring the festival to life!

Based in the heart of Dublin city, the festival runs from October 8-10 with a variety of positions available, including ushers, runners, technicians and IT assistants. Volunteering is the ideal opportunity to meet people, gain experience in the film industry, enhance your CV and immerse yourself in the festival program!

If you would like to get involved, please contact Sinead via email: sinead (at) darklight (dot) ie or telephone: +353 1 6717828, specifying your availability and any experience/skills you can bring to the festival.

Come on board and join us to celebrate Darklight’s 10th anniversary!

Happening in September 2009 – Dublin

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Culture Night is a one night ‘festival’ celebrating the varied cultural offerings in the Irish capital with hundreds of amazing events happening all over Dublin on 25 September 2009. Here is how you can be part of it as a volunteer:

Temple Bar Cultural Trust are looking to gather a team of well organised volunteers who would like to take part in this annual event.

The main tasks that we will need volunteer assistance for are:

  • Guides on the Culture Night buses
  • Assisting stewards with the outdoor events
  • Assisting at the Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre and at other key information points
  • Distributing flyers at selected LUAS stops week beginning September 21st
  • Info points on Grafton Street

If you would like to get involved or for more information please send an application form along to Sarah Cleary, Volunteer coordinator, Dublin Culture Night, scleary@templebar.ie or contact 087-9719498

For further information on Culture Night visit www.culturenight.ie /www.templebar.ie or call into the Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre at 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 and pick up a Culture Night programme.


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The Ranelagh Arts Festival (20 -27 September) is also looking for volunteers. If you want to help out at a successful local arts festival with music, literature, performing and visual arts, family and other fun events email info@ranelagharts.org and ask to be put on the volunteer list. Jobs include:
  • Ticket collectors, Doorkeepers and Ushers at the various events during the festival
  • Donation collectors at the free events
  • Street Performers (buskers) for the week before and during the festival to help promote and publicise it
  • Minders for exhibitions (art and photography mainly, some outdoor)
  • Helpers to erect and assemble equipment
  • Helpers for cleaning and painting the festival shop  premises
  • distribution of leaflets and other publicity material


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The International Puppet Festival Ireland is looking for enthusiastic volunteers from 16 to 21 September 2009. Here is what they say about the volunteer jobs:

It’s a great way to experience working in a professional international festival environment. The Festival offers volunteers experience of working with international artists and being part of a professional performing arts festival. Full training will be provided and volunteers can view any of the festival performances for free. Current vacancies include, Drivers, venue assistants and “Festival Angels”.

Apply here.

How lovely, I used to be a ‘festival Angel’ for the North Beach Jazz Festival in San Fran and we got t-shirts that had angel wings on the back and said ‘I saved North Beach Jazz Fest’. Life is good when people share and care!


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The Dublin Theatre Festival is one of the most traditional and well-loved festivals on the Dublin arts calendar and is celebrating its 52nd birthday this autumn. This year’s festival runs from 24 September to 11 October 2009 and now is a good time to apply for a volunteer post. Here is what the official website says about their volunteering opportunities:

‘If you have a passion for theatre, would like to meet similarly minded people and have time to give, we would love to hear from you. In return you shall have the opportunity to see shows for free and attend Festival events.’

I’ve volunteered with this festival since 2007 and it has always been a great experience.  It was well organised, I made some new friends and saw some beautiful shows. My favourite play last year was Dodgems , I just loved it – I mean loooooooved it. It was positively magic and I can’t wait to be surprised with equally stunning events again this year!

Download the volunteer application form here. Their festival blog for updates throughout the year can be found here.

Happening in August 2009 – Dun Laoghaire

<no longer accepting volunteers for this year’s festival, check back on the Festival of World Cultures Website in 2010 for volunteering at the 10th anniversary of the festival! Dates: 23 – 25 July 2010>

If you’re a festival volunteer newcomer and feel like starting your vollie career with a bang – trust me, this is the festival for you! Meet people from around the world, hang out in beautiful Dun Laoghaire for a long weekend and try things you’d never thought you’d do like playing paper, scissors, stone with a real Geisha from Kyoto.

Warrior - Granny - Tiger: the Japanese version of Paper - Scissors - Stone

Warrior – Granny – Tiger: the Japanese version of Paper – Scissors – Stone

This is what the folks at World Cultures say about the volunteering experience.

If I’ve managed to tempt you to sign up for volunteering, just email fwcvolunteers@dlrcoco.ie or call 01 271 9518 for more information.

If you have any questions about volunteering, keep checking back here, I’m working on a Volunteering 101 which should be online in the near future, ehem. Or just send me your questions (lifeisafestivalblog at gmail dot com) and I’m going to try and answer them as best as I can. Promise!

Happening in April 2009 – Dublin

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Rathmines Festival 2009 is looking for energetic volunteers who are willing to give a couple of hours to help out during this years exciting festival.

Rathmines Festival will take place from the 23rd – 26th April 2009 in various locations around Rathmines, Dublin.

The events being organised include drama productions, musical performances, family day, art exhibitions and much more.

We are seeking volunteers who will work as ‘on site event personnel’. This would be ideal work experience for any students on Event Management courses.

Volunteers will be asked to commit between 4 and 8 hours work over the weekend of the Festival.

Volunteers will be entitled to attend a number of events over the course of the Festival for free in return for their time.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Silvia for more information and an application form. Ph. 0879624336 or email silvia.amato79@gmail.com.

One response to “Volunteering Opportunities

  1. This is a very helpful list of festivals!!

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