It takes about 1300 people working behind the scenes to make our Festival happen. Only a handful of these are paid; the rest are volunteers.
Volunteers do everything that needs to be done to make our Festival happen. They pour drinks, check in performers, sell tickets, check wristbands, patrol car parks, answer phones, and set up venues. They are the heart and soul of our event, and we are always looking for people to get involved and become part of the Festival family.
Ask any of our hundreds of return volunteers why they volunteer and you’ll be amazed at the range of answers, but mostly it’s because you cross over from being an audience member to being part of the Festival team. You are no longer just attending the Festival, you are part of the family making it happen.
There are plenty of opportunities to learn new skills or pass on your knowledge, and the friendships, camaraderie, sense of community, and laughter more than compensate for giving up a few hours out of each day.
Volunteers who complete 20 hours at the Festival, 30 hours in the setup and pack down period or 40 hours in the Mitchell office receive:
- A Season + Camping pass to the festival
- A copy of the Festival program
- Access to volunteer facilities such as discounted meals from stallholders and free tea and coffee in the volunteer centre
- An invitation to the volunteer party on the final night at the Festival