Volunteering & Internships

Volunteering at brisbane festival

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

We are now in the second round of applications. Applications received after Friday 27 July will be added to our waitlist. Applicants on the shortlist may be contacted if roles become available.

Our tips for submitting a great application:

  • Set aside 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Let us know how you’d like to be involved – this is your chance to tell us why you would be a great fit for Brisbane Festival. The Skills & Experience and Motivation fields are the best opportunity to let us know how you’d like to be involved.
  • Check your calendar - ensure you know of any existing commitments in September. We need to know when you’re available for rostering.
  • You’ll need to select at least five days in September when you could volunteer. You’re welcome to select more!

Please contact volunteers@brisbanefestival.com.au with any questions.

Click here to proceed to the application page. 

Note: This form is best viewed in landscape. If you experience issues with the form on a mobile device, please try using a computer. If issues persist, please email volunteers@brisbanefestival.com.au

2018 internships

The Brisbane Festival Internship Program is a unique educational experience for applicants seeking insight into the operations of a large-scale, international, multi-disciplinary arts festival.

The Program offers roles across key Festival areas that are engaging, educational and designed to further an intern’s skill set and professional network, resulting in improved employability.

You will find yourself in an exciting and energetic environment amongst a team of world-class producers, artists and professional colleagues working to deliver Queensland’s premier cultural event.

Applications for the 2018 Brisbane Festival Program are now closed. Alternatively we encourage to consider joining us through the Brisbane Festival Volunteers Program.



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