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14 June 2022

Journeys Festival International – Ambassador and Volunteer Call Out

We are looking for Festival Ambassadors and Volunteers to join us over 3 days for an amazing outdoor arts festival in Leicester’s city centre.

Festival Ambassadors

We are looking for Festival Ambassadors to join us over 3 days for an amazing outdoor arts festival in Leicester’s city centre. Journeys Festival International is from 12 – 14 August 2022.

Our festival will bring the streets to life with performances and artworks from across the world. The programme ranges from live music and puppetry performances, street theatre, dance, circus, comedy to a spectacular large-scale show. 

Festival Ambassadors are the public face of the festival. As a Festival Ambassador you will be stationed at one of the festival sites, working alongside our team, production crew, volunteers, security and roaming event and zone managers to support audiences and artists throughout the festival. Responsibilities might include coordinating volunteers, being the artist liaison, supporting technical teams with get ins and get outs, being a main point of contact for a specific performance and/or area of the festival site, communicating with audiences, giving out additional information, supporting the Access Officer, helping with evaluation and supporting the team with any other duties as needed.

You will be fully briefed on your role and have opportunities to ask questions and learn about the festival and artists, so you can answer questions from the public about the festival and provide a warm and friendly presence to artists and our audiences. Please be aware that the role will involve lots of time on your feet and be outdoors.

How to apply:

Please send your CV with a Cover Letter outlining why you are interested in the role and what relevant skills and experiences you have. Please also provide details of two referees along with your availability to work for the festival between 12 and 14 August 2022. 

Send CV and covering letter to: hello@artreach.org.uk by 5.00pm on 15 July 2022.

Interviews will take place on 28 and 29 July. All candidates will be informed whether they have been invited to be interviewed by 22 July. 

Rate of Pay:

£10 per hour

Dates and Times:

Friday 12 August 2022: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Saturday 13 August 2022: 11.00am – 10.30pm 

Sunday 14 August 2022: 11.00am – 10.30pm

Shift times will be agreed prior to contracting, breaks will be given throughout the shift

What we are looking for:

Please apply if you have:

  • Experience of working at festivals, events, performances or similar roles.
  • A keen interest in delivering community and/or cultural events. 
  • Confidence in dealing with members of the public and audiences.
  • Flexible approach and willingness to take on a range of different tasks as and when required.
  • Willingness to work at weekends and in the evenings as required.
  • Experience in supporting the production elements of arts festivals and projects e.g. venue liaison, working with artists or being a stage assistant.
  • Ability to think practically to deliver the needs of events.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and a friendly and approachable manner.  
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure.
  • A commitment to support Art Reach in achieving equality and diversity in its work and events. 
  • Knowledge of local arts and cultural organisations and venues in Leicester (would be desirable). 

 

Volunteers

We’re looking for motivated volunteers to support us in the delivery of Journeys Festival International this summer.

If you’re looking to gain some experience in festival and event delivery or you just want to support a project in your local community, then join us as a volunteer. You will be able to shadow our team of professionals and carry out a range of different tasks that you feel able to take on. No previous festival experience is required, but you will gain valuable skills and memories to build on.

How to apply:

To apply, please tell us about you, your skills and experience and why you are interested in the role in an email to hello@artreach.org.uk

Please also provide the details of two referees (these can be work-based or educational references). 

Deadline to apply: 5.00pm, 15 July 2022

Pay:

This is a voluntary position and we will reimburse out-of-pocket expenses incurred whilst supporting the festival.

Dates and Times:

Friday 12 August 2022: 6.00pm–9.00pm

Saturday 13 August 2022: 11.00am–10.30pm 

Sunday 14 August 2022: 11.00am–10.30pm

Shift times will be agreed in advance and breaks will be given throughout the shift.

What you can expect:

  • Shifts will be for a few hours at a time where you will support different members of the team as they prepare for and deliver the festival.
  • You will visit different installation sites and talk to artists and venue managers and get feedback or take action as necessary. 
  • You may have to spend some time outdoors and could be on your feet for several hours.
  • You may be required to talk to members of the public and answer questions about the festival.

What we are looking for:

Please apply if you have:

  • A keen interest in delivering community and/or cultural events. 
  • Confidence in dealing with members of the public and audiences.
  • A flexible approach and willingness to take on a range of different tasks as and when required.
  • The willingness to travel and to work at weekends and in the evenings as required.
  • Commitment to equality and diversity.

Additional access information for volunteers:

We are committed to enabling access to our events and opportunities for everyone irrespective of background, socio-economic status, gender, ethnicity, disability status, sexual orientation or other protected characteristics. We will endeavour to make all reasonable adjustments to ensure that you are able to participate and take part in the event. If you would like to speak to someone about the role in more detail or you have any access requirements that you would like us to be aware of ahead of attending your first session, please email Lisa@artreach.org.uk or call 0116 261 6882. We have a designated access budget to support any additional needs for attendees, staff, volunteers and artists.

3 people in front of a festival music stage hold up[ a banner. The banner reads The Joy of Living, they are all smiling.

Image: Drew Forsyth Photography