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Festival Assistant Volunteers – SURGE Festival 2023

We are looking for volunteers for SURGE Festival 2023 which takes place on the 11th – 13th August in Glasgow outdoors on the streets of Glasgow city centre and Kelvingrove. This year Surge Festival ispart of the cultural programme for the Go Live! 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships.  We are also looking for volunteers to assist with Festival preparation the week leading up to SURGE, week commencing 7th August. 

The programme is an annual opportunity for the successful candidates to gain experience of assisting in the running of a major arts festival.



● Building connections with artists, producers and other volunteers

● Full training

● Experience interacting with the public

● Experience of assisting in the running of a major arts festival

● Free meals provided per volunteering day

● Travel expenses covered

● Opportunity to see outdoor street theatre performances at the Festival


Monday 10th July (5pm):            Closing date for applications

Tuesday 18th July:                      Volunteer interviews (short, informal interview)

Tuesday 1st August:                   Training Session (late afternoon/ evening) Venue TBC, Glasgow

7th – 11th August:                       1 volunteer shift during the week

Sat 12th & Sun 13th August:        SURGE Festival, both days

You must be available for the interview, training session and be available to volunteer both Sat 12th  

& Sun 13th July along with one other shift in the week of 7th – 11th August (note – we are looking for a number of volunteers to be available on Friday 11th August).

Duties will include:


●  Assisting with setting up dressing rooms and costumes;

● Running duties.

●  Artist Arrival assistance


● Artist liaison;

● Stewarding;

● Welcoming and directing the festival visitors and audience during events and performances;

● Undertaking audience evaluations;

● Assisting with organising the dressing room/workshop spaces;

● Running duties.

The ideal candidates will have an active interest in the arts – especially street arts, physical theatre and circus and an enthusiasm for learning behind the scenes, helping with festival artists and engaging with members of the public.

The chosen candidates will get first-hand experience volunteering with festival performances and performers and shall hopefully take this experience on to future work within the arts.

Please note this opportunity is open to volunteers who are 18 years +


Surge runs projects to develop street arts, physical theatre and circus in Scotland. We work with artists, performance companies and educators at all levels of experience. SURGE Festival is our annual festival of Physical Theatre, Street Arts and Circus and takes place each summer and brings new Scottish work and cutting-edge international performances to the streets, theatres and unusual spaces of Glasgow. 

For further information and how to apply, please visit: http://www.surge.scot/surge-volunteer-programme-festival-assistant-volunteers/