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Get involved

We guarantee our volunteers a fun and rewarding experience so do read on if that sounds interesting…

Whether you would like to spend some time helping during festival week or would like a more responsible role that gives you experience for your CV, there are many ways of helping us deliver the biggest community arts and culture event in Crystal Palace.

  • Do you want to give something back to your community and be part of a big day out for your friends and neighbours?
  • Do you want to help provide a safe and friendly festival?
  • Do you want to gain experience in event and / or stage management?
  • Do you want the challenge of a more responsible role?
  • Do you want to build a network of contacts for future employment opportunities?
  • Do you want to try something out that might take you in a new career direction?

Role descriptions and registration

There are many different volunteer roles at the festival depending on what you would like to do and what kind of work experience you would like to get if that is important to you.

All we ask is that you give us a minimum of 6 hours of your time for a shift and also undertake some training with us to make sure you are all ready for your role. The amount of training will depend on the role and your responsibilities.

We will also bring you on a site walk to make sure you know where everything is and are happy and ready to go come festival time!

Here’s all the volunteer roles for 2018 – please just click on the title to see the role description:

To register as a volunteer please click here to fill out our form and our volunteer co-ordinator Alex will be in touch soon.

NB. We will only use your contact details to get in touch about volunteering for the festival and we will contact you by phone and email. If you would like to receive marketing information about the festival programme please click here to join our mailing list.

We are really looking forward to hearing from you and welcoming you onto the team!


Case Study

“I’d never been involved in a festival, except as a punter, when my friend asked if I’d be interested in helping her organise the spoken word tent at the festival. I’d never done anything like it before, but I’m an organised person who loves books and poetry and wanted to do something locally. We were given plenty of freedom about who to book, how to create the shape of the day and the running order – which was great, but occasionally daunting. But, we rose to the challenge and managed a mix of poetry and comedy (established acts and up-and-coming artists), with an author in conversation and a nonsense cabaret thrown in for good measure. The audience built through the day with the most epic overflowing crowds seen for our headline act – Lemn Sissay. We arranged to meet all the acts ahead of time and it was great to put faces to names that we’d been dealing with on email. We had technical support (much needed at one point when I managed to accidentally turn the amp off!) and the schedule ran roughly on time – not bad for newbies. The crowd had fun, the artists enjoyed themselves (or so they told us afterward) and we got such a buzz from the day. It was awesome.”

– Nikki, volunteer curator and co-ordinator

What our volunteers enjoyed most

“Meeting so many amazing performers and volunteers and seeing months of hard work pay off!”

“Meeting new people, making people feel good about being part of the festival, I loved the buzz and sense of being part of something bigger”

“Feeling I was part of something bigger in the community – great atmosphere – sounds corny but seeing people smiling as they left is a nice feeling…”

“Fresh air, exercise, challenging myself”

“The feedback from the crowd, such as “You guys did a really good job and made it happen. Thank you.”

Some other volunteering opportunities from our friends in Crystal Palace Park – please click here to see other current opportunities.

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