Bram Stoker Festival is 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 goes live in September, but if you’d like to know about the process for becoming a volunteer, read the below and sign up to our newsletter to receive an email when applications are live.
We’ll host an ‘Open Coven’ Recruitment Evening when applications are live, where 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 2020 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. 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
Application forms and more information will be available in September 2020.