Join the Redfest 2016 crew!

We’re now taking volunteer registrations for stewards, decor makers, build and breakdown crew, and many more roles at Redfest 2016. Lend us your skills and learn new ones, make new friends and feel part of a fantastic community event – everyone is welcome!

In return for your time you’ll get a free t shirt, treatment in the Wellbeing Area, drinks tokens (for alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks), water and snacks and a free meal from our crew caterers.

Click here to register as a volunteer

Help us organise Redfest 2016

So, remember how much you enjoyed Redfest this year? Fancy helping us make the next one? We have the following vacancies for volunteers in the team that organises the festival:

  • Kids Village Manager
  • Fundraiser – corporate sponsorship
  • Fundraiser – fundraising events
  • Catering team (junior role – please note this is the team that organises catering stalls at the festival, it doesn’t involve actual catering)
  • Health and safety team (junior role)
  • Site zone managers
  • Site build managers
  • Site decor team
  • Merchandise team

The time commitment and experience needed for each role varies, and you don’t need to have experience in events for all of the roles: transferable skills are welcome. We also have plenty of jobs for enthusiastic people with no experience who just want to do something great for their community!

If any of this sounds like you and you want to find out more, email us at info@redfestbristol.co.uk

Click here if you’d prefer to be involved as a performer, trader or sponsor

Core team meeting June 2015
The 2015 core team get together once a month to catch up – here are some of us at a meeting shortly before the festival.

A week of celebrating our volunteers

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It’s national Volunteers’ Week and of course we couldn’t miss the opportunity to give some love to our wonderful Redfest volunteers!

All week we’ll be celebrating the amazing volunteers who make Redfest happen and showcasing some of the different roles that they do.

The festival literally could not happen without this brilliant team of people. We haven’t got space to include everybody sadly, but we love you all, and there is truly no way to express how grateful we are for the time and enthusiasm you give us!

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and check back here to see everyone that we feature during the week. If you’re already a Redfest volunteer you might see yourself… and if you’re not, and you fancy joining in, why not click here and join the team!

Friday’s featured volunteers are…

The Core Team

Core team meeting June 2015

Who are they? The lovely people that organise the festival. Some of it is glamorous – like listening to demos and deciding which bands get to play – and some of it is hard graft on funding applications and supplier contracts. But all of it is worthwhile when the party comes together and the park is full of happy, smiling people having fun.

It’s an ideal job for you if… You have event organising experience; you have helped out at Redfest before and want to get more involved; you have a lot of time to commit year-round; you reckon you can make big things happen for zero budget.

(PS: Everyone in this photo, plus the others who didn’t happen to be at the meeting when the photo was taken, deserves a really massive thank you, and in particular, the festival’s Project Manager Dom (far left) and Artistic Director Simon (at the back in a black hoodie) who lead the whole wild ride with boundless energy and copious spreadsheets. Thank you everyone!)

And don’t forget these from earlier in the week…

The Kids Team

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Who are they? We have a whole area dedicated to fun for the littluns at Redfest, and it’s the Kids Team that keep the activities going and the kiddies entertained and happy (with their grown-ups, of course).

It’s an ideal job for you if… You love working with children.

(PS: On the left of this pic is Naomi who runs JollyTots music and singing workshops – if you have under-5s and haven’t been to one of her fundraising events you are missing out on loads of fun! And when she’s not doing that she works tirelessly to run Redfest’s marketing and social media. Thank you Naomi!)

Public engagement

fundraising crew

What is it? It’s a fancy way of saying “chatting to random partygoers”! You might be shaking a bucket or collecting tin for donations, doing a survey about sustainability, selling t shirts, answering queries, generally being a friendly face to represent the festival, or all of these at once and more!

It’s an ideal job for you if… You love meeting people, making new friends, and feeling part of the community; you’d like to use, or develop, your sales and customer service skills; you want to see the show while you work.

(PS: If you have really sharp eyes you might spot Meg and Frankie in this photo, who did marketing and fundraising for Redfest 2013. Thank you Meg and Frankie!)

The Decor Fairies

A path through the park is lit by sunshine. Red bunting hangs across the path and there are giant flags on either side.

Who are they? A festival’s not a festival without bunting, flags and lots and lots of shiny stuff, and it’s the decor crew that make that happen. They are there from early in the morning doing magic stuff with cable ties and staple guns, ready for when the party starts.

It’s an ideal job for you if… You’re a bit creative; you like working hard to a deadline; you’d rather be working before the festival than during it.

The Info Tent Team

redfest info tentWho are they? The info tent team answer questions from the public – from “where are the toilets?” to “what time is my favourite band playing?” – and look after lost property. They sell programmes and t shirts to bring in an important source of funding for the festival. They’re also a hub for the steward team, making sure everyone’s signed in, gets their free t shirt, and has everything they need.

It’s an ideal job for you if: you’re sociable; you’re well organised; you want to make new friends; you like to keep busy; you want to be sitting down.

(PS: the dapper chap in the sunglasses in this pic is Redfest’s head steward Dermot. He’s a key member of the team all year round and gives us so much time and expertise for absolutely nada in return. Thank you Dermot!)

Quizfest raises a whopping £200!

The interior of the Greenbank Pub in Easton, Bristol. The tables are crowded with people concentrating hard on the music round of the quiz.

A big thank you to everyone who came along to the first Redfest Quizfest on Monday 25 May 2015. Congratulations to everyone who won in the quiz and the raffle – we’d love you to send us a tweet or post on Facebook to let us know how you’re enjoying your prizes.

We raised £200, which is absolutely brilliant and will be essential to keeping the festival alive and free.

The Redfest team was out in force, we had a great time and it was great to meet lots of Redfest fans and some of our new volunteers. In fact, the Redfest Volunteers team came joint second (much to their surprise!) so we clearly have some brainiacs on the crew this year!

Once again our thanks go to the Greenbank pub for providing the venue, to prize-donaters Pieminister, Dig In Bristol, Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork, Cafe Grounded and Southville Deli, and to the Bristol Sweetmart, Maitreya Social and Butcombe Brewery, who between them provided some rather spiffing bangers and mash. And, last but very much not least, quizmistress Claire and her team of intriguing question-setters.

Let’s do it all again soon!

 

Redfest needs you!

Update: Thank you to everyone who has applied – we now have all the volunteers we need for Redfest 2015. But if you’d like to help next year, email volunteer@redfestbristol.co.uk or pop by the info tent at the festival on 1 August and leave us your contact details.

Redfest is getting bigger and better, and we need more volunteers to join our fantastic team.

Are you passionate about your community? Do want to want to use your unique skills to make a difference?

Redfest is organised entirely by volunteers in their spare time, and is funded through donations, grant income and sponsorship. So, we need your help. No experience needed, and everyone who’s over 18 is welcome, including disabled people. If you would like to be a steward, stagehand or other general volunteer for Redfest 2016, please email volunteer@redfestbristol.co.uk and let us know. If you’re interested in being part of the core team that organises the event, check out the latest vacancies that we have available.