Want to get a taste of working in media and the arts from within the world’s largest philosophy and music festival?
We’re on the hunt for enthusiastic and dedicated people to join our Kick-Starter Programme, a skills development programme for young people (or the young at heart) interested in the media or creative industries who are looking to gain valuable experience for their future careers. You will volunteer alongside our fun and friendly festival team to produce HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2020, a unique event which sees world-leading thinkers and performers gather at our beautiful festival location along the river Wye. Not only will you learn new skills and meet new friends and contacts, you will also get the unique experience of seeing festival debates, live music, film, and comedy from behind the scenes as part of our team.
Places on the Festival Kick-Starter Programme are available to people over 18 from around the UK and beyond. Kick-Starters will rotate through a variety of roles, and can expect to gain experience in some or all of the following areas:
All applicants must be available 21st – 25th May 2020. This includes a training day on Thursday 21st and all event days, Friday 22nd through Monday 25th.
Accommodation will be provided in the form of a free camping pitch directly across the road from the festival site, but you will need to bring your own tent and camping equipment for the duration of the festival.
HowTheLightGets Hay 2020 is set in a magical location on the edge of the Black Mountains, alongside the river Wye in the famed book town of Hay.
Newport Street, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5BZ
Please apply using the link below. Include your CV and a short cover letter (no more than 150 words) explaining your interest in the Programme and what you hope to gain from the experience.
Please note that every festival volunteer pays an honesty bond of £40 to secure their place, which is refundable after the successful completion of all shifts. The honesty bond is non-refundable if you drop out within one month of the festival.
Places on the Kick-Starter Programme are filled on a first come first served basis, so we recommend applying as soon as possible before they fill up!
If you have any questions about the Programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to volunteer at the festival but not sure the Kick-Starter Programme is right for you? Check out our other volunteering opportunities here!
HowTheLightGetsIn is the world’s largest and most exciting philosophy and music festival – and we need YOU to make it happen!
Volunteering at HowTheLightGetsIn is an amazing way to get involved with the process of turning our vision into a reality, as well as an opportunity for you to enjoy the festival itself with minimal costs.
1. ACCESS. In return for their short daily shifts (typically between 5-6 hours), festival volunteers get a staff wristband giving them access to a whole range of debates, live music, film & comedy - not to mention insane discounts on the festival eateries and some of the visiting stall holders!
2. SKILLS & EXPERIENCE. Volunteering looks great on your CV and all of our volunteers can request a reference when they need it for future employment. You'll get to network with festival organisers and gain an insight into the behind-the-scenes running of a large-scale event.
3. FUN. The team is always diverse, welcoming and up for having a lot of laughs. A lot of our volunteers come back year after year to have reunions and see the same friendly faces they got to know in previous years.
HowTheLightGets Hay 2020 is set in a magical location on the edge of the Black Mountains, alongside the river Wye in the famed book town of Hay! The festival site is right behind the Co-Operative in Hay-on-Wye.
Newport Street, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5BG
All our volunteers and staff camp for the festival. This means you need to have your own tent and camping equipment, but you get a free camping space in our festival campsite as part of your volunteering benefits. The campsite is right across the road from the festival site with hot showers and cabin toilets.
As a volunteer, you will need to be available for training on Thursday 21st May 2020 - timings are TBC - but this training is likely to be 16:00-19:00.
You will also need to be available for all event days inclusive from Friday 22nd May - Monday 25th May 2020. The very latest finish on Monday 25th will be 10pm. Please therefore plan to travel back home on Tuesday 26th.
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