Canterbury Festival aims to provide opportunities for people of all ages to build on their skills and gain experience of working as part of the Festival team. The Festival offers work experience placements in event planning, administration, marketing and event delivery. The Festival also has a strong and ever-growing team of volunteers who help make delivering 200 events in two weeks possible.

Canterbury Festival aims to deliver training and development opportunities for young people, providing hands-on experience of arts management. These opportunities are arranged in advance through discussion with the team.

The Festival offers a wide range of placements with activities including project support, event delivery, supporting the learning and participation programme, marketing placements, graphic design and arts administration.

Priority will be given to applicants who have previously volunteered for the Festival or who are students with an educational provider who is strategically linked. If you would like to register an interest, please contact the Festival’s Participation Manager Charlotte Chapman.

Volunteering with Canterbury Festival is a great opportunity to try out new skills, gain experience, make friends, enjoy being part of a team and most of all, have fun helping to make a great festival happen.

Volunteers will:

  • Gain experience of customer care and events management.
  • Meet new people and be part of a friendly team.
  • Feel a sense of achievement.
  • Be supporting the arts in Canterbury.
  • Enjoy high quality performances.

You will be working alongside a tight knit and friendly family of festival staff, some of whom are permanent and others who come together each year to make the festival happen. 

What we are looking for

We are looking for team players with good common sense; volunteers who are reliable, enthusiastic, flexible, able to listen and share. You should also be able to recognise your own limitations, take responsibility for yourself and adhere to any health and safety instructions which are given to you by the team. But most importantly of all we ask that you ensure you commit to any shifts you agree to, as last minute changes can be very difficult to resolve and staff shortages could reflect badly on the festival.

Click here to download a volunteer’s application form

For inquiries and completed application forms please contact Tina at [email protected]