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VOLUNTEERS

The deadline for applications to volunteer at BE FESTIVAL 2016 has now passed. However, you can still find information about volunteering with us below. Please check this page for volunteering opportunities in the future.

About volunteering
BE FESTIVAL is dedicated to bringing the best emerging European theatre companies and visual artists to Birmingham and beyond, offering valuable and innovative development opportunities to artists and young people; and engaging with audiences in unique ways. All of BE FESTIVAL’s year round activity has at its heart the desire to “cross borders” (cultural, social, linguistic, art form) and to nurture new talent.

BE FESTIVAL 2016 will take place at Birmingham Repertory Theatre between 21 – 25 June. European performing artists of all genres and backgrounds will descend on Birmingham for a week long festival of theatre, dance, circus, live music, DJs, visual arts, talks and workshops.

The wide range of volunteering roles includes: supporting the setting up and taking down of festival venues, assisting with marketing, assisting with visual artist installations, bar shifts, dinner service, assisting with the box office, front of house and welcoming, ushering and technical support, to name but a few.

In return for your time, we provide professional development including: training with technicians, in administration, marketing and front of house duties through a process that begins with discussing your goals. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to see most festival performances, attend 1-2 workshops and will be provided with food whilst at the festival venue on shift. There is also the possibility of a bursary to support travel expenses.

BE FESTIVAL is an intense week in an exciting environment allowing opportunities to connect and meet others giving you an experience that goes beyond just the shows. A dedicated and thoughtful volunteer network will make a big difference in the experience and smooth running of the festival for every person involved as well as for the audiences who attend the festival.

You will need to be available to attend the volunteer briefings and training days, as well as for the festival get-in, festival delivery and get-out.

Technical Volunteers: 
In addition to the volunteer roles outlined above, we also have space for 6-8 aspiring stage managers/technicians to volunteer as part of the Production Team, assisting with the shows in the evenings and supporting set change and associated duties.
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Further volunteering opportunities
In summer 2016 two international festivals will take place in Birmingham. BE FESTIVAL 2016 (21 – 25 June), Birmingham’s own European Festival of performing arts, followed by ON THE EDGE: The World Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences (2 – 9 July).

ON THE EDGE is the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering for 2016, the first time such a gathering has taken place in the UK. ON THE EDGE is presented by TYA-UK and TYA-Ireland. The ON THE EDGE team is hosted by Birmingham REP.

Events will be taking place all over the city and we need a team of 200 volunteers to help make it happen. Volunteer roles include: stewarding, welcome desk hosts, city guides for international visitors, artist liaison and team leaders.

As we are working with such a large team of volunteers and multiple venues we would like to work with some volunteer team leaders who will help with communication and coordination during the festival. If you take on a team leader role you will receive additional training including an accredited one-day customer service course, Welcome Host Gold.
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For more information about volunteering with either festival please contact:

BE FESTIVAL – atxarte@befestival.org, 0121 245 2000
ON THE EDGEontheedgevolunteers@gmail.com, 0121 245 2155