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Surge Volunteer Programme: Festival Assistant Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers for SURGE Festival 2024 which takes place on the 20th -21st July in Glasgow outdoors in the Merchant City. We are also looking for volunteers to assist with Festival preparation the week leading up to SURGE, week commencing 15th July.  


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

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Festival Assistant Volunteers


●               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 17th June (5pm): Closing date for applications

Tuesday 25th June:           Volunteer interviews (short, informal interview) 

Tuesday 9th July:              Training Session (late afternoon/ evening) Merchant City, Glasgow

15th – 19th July:                1 volunteer shift during the week

Sat 20th & Sun 21st July:   SURGE Festival, both days


You must be available for the interview, training session and be available to volunteer both Sat 20th  

& Sun 21st July along with one other shift in the week of 15th – 19th July.


Duties will include:

Festival Prep:

  • Assisting with setting up dressing rooms and costumes;

  • Running duties.

  • Artist Arrival assistance 

During Surge: 

  • 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. 


To apply, please send the following by Monday 17th June (5pm): 

  • A copy of your CV

  • Your availability across the festival dates

  • 500 word statement outlining your specific interest in the post, and what particular skills / qualities you will bring to it. 


Applications should be emailed by:  to Karen Veitch – Producer -  

For enquiries please contact us on 0141 248 6910


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


About Surge:

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.  

More info on the festival can be found at

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