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Volunteer Culture Is Culture!Become A Dublin FRINGE Festival Volunteer This Sept


Volunteer Culture Is Culture!Become A Dublin FRINGE Festival Volunteer This Sept

Dublin FRINGE Festival


At a Glance

  • Start Date:06/09/2019
  • End Date:22/09/2019
  • Closing date:24/08/2019
  • Post Updated:06/08/2019
  • Min Hours:20hours over 16 days
  • Role Type:Arts – music, drama, crafts

Requirements:Volunteers Must Submit A Completed Application Form




Each September (7-22) from platform 9 ¾ of the four provinces an army of volunteering inventors & mavericks, vocal feminists and aspiring performing giants rally as a coven from the Ministry of The Performing Arts to cast the spell of FRINGE upon the city and its muggle public

Our Volunteer warriors and crusaders now well ingrained into the Festival Folklore– their passion and spirit are as infectious and fresh to first time performers, artists, producers and writers as when it first started back 1990’s– with their selfless commitment lending itself to the festival to showcase the best in new Irish talent and inviting over the most innovative and creative International Acts that The Arts Scene has to offer – have a sneak peek


  • The Order Of The FRINGE: Volunteers like artists illuminate the otherwise invisible. They lend themselves as vessels for creative vision, they rally together to protect the sanctity of Art and journey with the audience seeking answers and voice to radical artworks and outcomes, challenging questions and adversity as well as creating peer camaraderie and mentoring amongst themselves in far of places and quiet back rooms, mainstages and spotlights, the quiet and the brash. Volunteering and FRINGE combined becomes power: seizing it, sharing it, speaking truth to it is what each volunteer and ambassador to the art of performance permeates


  • FRINGE Sequels & Second Comings: long exposure to such fellowships and chambers of festival secrets may lead one to becoming, as our Grand High Witch has predicted, ‘ true originals, philosopher kings, witches, feminist giants, buzzers, upstarts and luminaries-in-waiting’.  These outwardly spells and conjuring’s of artistic emotion and inclusion are not to be frowned upon but nurtured so they can step in and carry on the legacy. Volunteering is not a disease – it is advantageous addiction that stokes the artistic game changer in all of us.

Is training provided?: Yes

Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:

Front of House

Volunteering for Front of House puts you very much at the forefront of the Festival experience. 2019 will see the Festival unfold across many different spaces. From traditional theatre venues like The Abbey Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre, The Lir and Project Arts Centre, the New Theatre to some newer, and slightly less obvious spaces such as, Chapel Royal at Dublin Castle, Drop Dead Twice & The Ring Side Bar at The National Stadium. The venues are the hub of Festival activity and as many of our volunteers are Festival aficionados themselves, you get the opportunity to participate in and contribute to the dynamic atmosphere of an international festival.  Front of House volunteering activities include admissions, ushering and general venue operations (crowd liaising & information point of contact). Through a co-ordination of these elements our venue staff ensure the smooth running of the Festival schedule.  As a rule, Front of House shifts are split into afternoon and evening periods and may involve some late nights.

Box Office

With so many different shows happening in multiple locations at the same time, our Box Office team relies on the support of the volunteer staff to mange ticket sales & collections at various venues over the Festival run. Box Office shifts are predominantly early evening and night-time shifts with Box Office volunteers sometimes covering multiple shows over the duration of a shift. This is a responsible role with volunteers having to deal first and foremost with the public and manage admissions whilst reporting back to Box Office supervisors. A worthy addition to a resume for anyone seeking to get further involved in arts management.


This falls under production of a theatrical sort; it involves sometimes assisting with the assembly of sets, painting, or in some cases, heavy lifting. It is not glamorous but vital to help us pull together a successful event. There is lots of good experience to be gained assisting this department. Also if you have any skills in stage lighting, PA systems or are keen to learn more about these things then volunteering within the Production department can prove enormously beneficial. Some prior and basic knowledge of the technical side of production would be an advantage

Social Media Correspondents & Street Team

In an Arts organisation everybody works in marketing or is active on social media, at least to some extent. Thus this is an opportunity to become a member of our special Marketing task force in order to help and spread the word about the festival to as many people as possible maintaining the quality and consistency of the message across all the channels and working closely with the Festival Marketing Team and within the guidelines provided.

With such a variety of shows happening over the Festival period our Marketing team has a mammoth task of trying to spread the word about what Dublin Fringe has to offer for 2019. Not only is there a major push to get the Festival catalogue circulated ahead of opening night but also we need to get specific marketing materials out ‘into the hands’ of festivalgoers regarding specific shows. This role requires strong, confident, approachable, communicative not to mention creative and enthusiastic people who know and care about our programme. You will be able to actively engage the general public both in conversation (street team) or online (social media) about our shows and then leave them with a flyer or an impression hold on to. So if you like to blog, tweet etc and want to help spread the gospel according to Fringe the Marketing, Social Media & Street Team needs you.

Outdoor Events

Seemingly self-explanatory, Dublin Fringe Festival outdoor events rely heavily on dedicated volunteers to assist with organising site layout, liaising with the public and crowd management. These events are predominantly afternoon and evening shifts, but volunteers have to be prepared to operate in changing weather conditions also. These shifts are overseen by the production team and can provide those involved with a valuable insight into the coordination of an event on this scale. This year sees the festival back again in Barnardo Square & Dublin Castle and IMMA at Royal Kilmainham Hospital as well additions of the many side streets and laneways that snake about in and out of the city buildings unnoticed – this September you will hear their stories echo loudly.

Skills required for this role:

How To Become A Volunteer ‘FRINGE’ Heretic This Festival

Along with these manifestations and fantastical beasts of provocation & activism to come , why not volunteer with us, we have positions as interns, supervisors, Front of House & Ticketing Volunteers, Office Admin & Production as well as Outdoor Marshalls & Street Team vacancies.

So why not take a chance and volunteer – you never know it could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship with the Performing ‘Dark’ Arts in Dublin –#TheFellowshipOfFRINGE

Simply complete the Volunteers application pledge here (with a chance to include your skills and experiences in Sections B&C) and email it back to this Mama Minerva McGonagall by August 18th to be included in our Recruitment Day Coven invite.  Any questions, comments or queries please do not hesitate to contact this Festival Volunteer Skesis – Mother FRINGE at

Details of time commitment needed for role:
Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 5 shifts over the 16 days in Sept (7-22) each shift is 4-5hours max. A Volunteer can commit to more shifts if they are interested and there are openings as Volunteer Intern or Department Runner during the festival dates - more information can be found in Section F&G on the application form (link above)

Minimum time commitment per week:
10 hour p/week

Additional screening required for this role:
To be considered as a Volunteer - the first step is to return a completed application form and on receipt of this applicants will be invited to an Information/Recruitment Session to found out more about the festival and volunteering in general... Shy, Curious or just a Damn Right Inquisitively Hi-jinxer? Excelling in the ‘magic of the dub-arts’ but still not sure that you want to say your loyalty out loud just yet – why not come along to our Open Recruitment Call Coven on Saturday 17th August @ 17:00 in Studio 2 @ FRINGE Lab. You can find hear all about our Festival Volunteering Family’s secret from why it just works and why our Annual Bake Off #SoggyBottomsUnite is the most sought after competitive event of the festival and why you should just embrace that volunteering itch -#VolunteerCultureIsCulture Deadline for completed Applications is Sunday August 18th 2019, 5pm sharp


If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:

Name: Paul Donnelly

Address: Dublin FRINGE Festival, Sycamore Building, Sycamore Street, TempleBar Dublin 2


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