Bram Stoker Festival returns this October Bank Holiday Weekend (25 – 28 October), powered by an army of volunteer monsters, ghouls and ghosts, who roam the streets of Dublin City bringing to life our Gothic gathering.
Volunteers can become involved in all aspects of the festival; behind the scenes, ushering at our venues, on social media, assisting with make-up & costume, or acting as ambassadors at our events. There’s something for everyone keen to get involved, or see what it takes to bring a festival of this size to life.
How to Volunteer
Our volunteern application form is now live. The closing date for applications is 5pm, Wednesday 16th October 2019. Read the below and then complete our volunteer application form, linked to at the bottom of this page.
Come along to our ‘Open Coven’ Recruitment Evening on Tuesday 15th October at 7.30pm in DublinTown, 43 – 45 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1. You can meet other volunteers, find out more about our events, ask questions and even fill out the application form there and then.
Read This First! Notes on Volunteering
Read this before you fill out our application form below!
Further information regarding the above areas of volunteer operation can be obtained at our ‘Volunteer Recruitment Evening’, which will take place on the evening of Tuesday, October 15th at 19:30. We ask all that all new volunteering applicants to the Festival, make a special effort to attend this Volunteer Recruitment Evening Session, as it is important for us to meet applicants and understand what we can do to deliver a fulfilling volunteering experience to you. Notification regarding the details of this Volunteer Recruitment Evening will be sent via e-mail in receipt of your completed application.
Bram Stoker Festival is an equal opportunity facilitator and is a pioneer in its Diversity & Inclusion Policy. The Festival does not tolerate any form of discrimination, bullying or abuse and will protect it’s volunteers from any such forms slander.
All initial correspondence with volunteers is done via e-mail. Please ensure email@example.com is added to your email contacts folder so our correspondence does not get quarantined as Spam.
It is a policy of the festival that each applicant is available for a minimum of three volunteering periods.
Please be aware that the Festival cannot provide any living, travel or accommodation expenses to volunteers. Bram Stoker Festival is a not-for-profit organisation, and our budgets are extremely limited.
Submission of this application form is not a guarantee of receiving a volunteer placement. Due to the over-whelming responses to our volunteer calls, it may be unavoidable that some applicants do not receive a volunteer placement. This should not in any way dissuade you from completing the volunteer application form, as we will do our utmost to ensure that each applicant receives a placement.
Front of House
Volunteering for Front of House puts you at the forefront of the Festival experience. 2019 will see the Festival unfold across many different spaces; the venues are the hub of Festival activity and as many of our volunteers are Festival aficionados themselves, you get the opportunity to participate in and contribute to the dynamic atmosphere of an international festival. Front of House volunteering activities includes admissions, ushering and general venue operations (crowd liaising & information point of contact). As a rule, Front of House shifts are split into afternoon and evening periods and may involve some late nights.
Seemingly self-explanatory, Bram Stoker Festival outdoor events rely heavily on dedicated volunteers to assist with liaising with the public and crowd management. These events are predominantly afternoon and evening shifts, but volunteers have to be prepared to operate in changing weather conditions also. These shifts are overseen by the production team and can provide those involved with valuable insight into the coordination of an event on this scale. This year’s highlights see us taking over Meeting House Square for cinematic scares, our very own Bram Stoker inspired themed park Stokerland is back in St Patricks Park, and lighting up Grand Canal Dock with an impressive art installation. Being outdoors never seemed so inviting and scary.
With such a variety of shows happening over the Festival period, our Marketing team has a mammoth task of trying to spread the word about what Bram Stoker Festival has to offer. With the connection to all things Gothic and Halloween, this is an opportunity for those involved to become a living breathing part of the Festival through performance, characterisation and role play. This role requires strong, confident, approachable, communicative and enthusiastic people who know and care about our programme. You will be able to actively engage the general public in conversation about our shows and then leave them with a flyer to hold on to. So if you like the outdoors and want to help spread the gospel according to Bram Stoker, this Festival needs you.
Event Photography & Social Media
Capturing every aspect of the festival that sprawls itself over numerous venues and sites is an almost impossible task in itself. With this in mind, our photography and social media roles are perfect for volunteers who have a keen eye and active interest in either or both of these digital conduits and as well as practical hands-on experience for those studying or making a career in digital or online media as well as marketing and communications. For the avid tweeter, blogger, and photographer this weekend will be an adventurous and rewarding one.
Become a Volunteer
Fill out our application form here by 5pm, Wednesday 16th October 2019.
Or, past this link into your browser’s address bar: https://forms.gle/aMZn8DjvKme7uaZw7