Volunteering & Internships

Volunteering at brisbane festival

The first round of volunteer applications has closed and the Festival is currently receiving applications for the waiting list.

As some roles are expanded or volunteers need to drop out of the program, applicants on the waiting list may be contacted to join the team. If you are interested in joining the waiting list, further information and a link to the application form can be found below.

Each year hundreds of volunteers come together to help deliver Brisbane Festival – Queensland's premier annual arts event. Audiences flock to Brisbane Festival every September for 22 days of circus, music, dance, theatre and city-wide celebrations, including Sunsuper Riverfire. Many aspects of the Festival would not be the same without the generous assistance of volunteers.

Volunteering at the Festival is a fantastic way for anyone with an interest in arts and events to get involved with a flexible, rewarding, short-term commitment. Whether you're a supporter of the arts, a student, a creative, or you just think it sounds like fun, the volunteer program has a lot to offer.

What’s involved?

As a Brisbane Festival volunteer you’ll typically contribute 15 – 25 hours of time throughout September. Most volunteers help across five shifts of four to five hours each, but many put their hand up for more. Some volunteers also help before the Festival, assisting with site décor and administration behind the scenes. To assist with rostering, you’ll need to be available across at least five days in September.


There are a number of fun and exciting roles, including:

  • Ushering at performance venues
  • Working with local designers to decorate the Festival site
  • Assisting staff with administration in the Brisbane Festival office
  • Performing in costume with other volunteers and local choreographers
  • Greeting patrons and telling them about the Festival
  • Assisting with workshops – making art, building robots, or learning a dance
  • Meeting and greeting artists and performers

Volunteers are the face of the Festival. Wearing the Brisbane Festival t-shirt and lanyard, they welcome thousands of patrons to hundreds of performances, dozens of workshops and a range of venues across the city. Volunteers also provide crucial assistance to staff behind the scenes, assisting in the office or decorating our Festival hubs.

Please note volunteers must be aged 18–70yrs.


Some of the benefits of volunteering include gaining experience in the events industry, contributing to the local and international arts community, making new friends, networking with arts professionals and being involved in the exciting Festival atmosphere. Some volunteers sign up to gain arts experience and enhance their cultural practice, while others just like to be involved and have fun.

Volunteers also receive discounts, special offers and complimentary tickets as a token of our gratitude.

How to apply

Click here to proceed to the volunteer application form.

Please note: If you are using a phone or tablet, this form is best viewed in landscape. If you experience issues, please try again using a computer.

2019 internships

Applications for 2019 internships have now closed. If you are interested in getting involved this year, why not consider volunteering? We are accepting applications now.


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