Festival Volunteers

Volunteering at Kingston’s International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) is a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills, enhance your CV, make friends and have fun.

Creative Youth, the charity that delivers Kingston’s International Youth Arts Festival, organises and manages the festival volunteer scheme.

Without volunteers, Creative Youth and IYAF could not exist. We have a core team of 50 volunteers, increasing to more than 100 during the festival.
Many volunteers had no experience of the Arts when they began and, for some, it has been a life-changing experience.

Volunteers are required to carry out a number of different roles and receive training/mentoring as required.


Are you interested in volunteering with Creative Youth & International Youth Arts Festival? 

We would love to hear from you! Please email volunteer@creativeyouthcharity.org to register your interest or if you have any questions.

Volunteer FAQs

How much time will I need to give?
It’s up to you. In the months before the Festival it could be an hour every fortnight or a few days in a row. During the festival it could be a few hours each day or a full-on ten days.

What volunteer roles are there?

Throughout the year but in particular during the run up to the International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) we require individuals with good organisational skills to support delivery of fundraisers, events and performances.

Throughout the year we require individuals with good interpersonal skills who can promote the vision and fun of the charity and Festival, alongside volunteering opportunities. They help at fundraisers, visit potential volunteer sites and community events in order to help raise funds and create awareness of the charity and festival.

Throughout the Festival there are opportunities for volunteers to review events and performances  and write content for web, print and social media.

Creative Youth organises events through-out the year as well as IYAF. We require personable and adaptable individuals with the ability to help promote these events and raise our profile.
Activities include distributing flyers and posters, assisting in mail outs, helping with press and media, creating website content, design work, assisting with social media, selling merchandise and coming up with PR ideas.

We require individuals with good interpersonal skills to welcome visiting artists/groups to the festival, looking after them through the day. The IYAF Hub is a space for volunteers, performers and organisers to network and relax during the Festival.

Individuals may be required to assist in the management of the box office and front of house duties during performances, ensuring audiences feel welcomed to the Festival and various venues.

Individuals are required to help with various administration tasks either in the Creative Youth office or remotely. During the Festival this could involve preparing schedules, supporting event delivery and more.

We require individuals with experience in sound, lighting, stage management and crew services, to carry out turnarounds between performances. Technical volunteers must have some previous experience and be age 16+.

Photography volunteers help document and capture the spirit of our events and IYAF. To volunteer as a photographer, you will ideally have experience of photography and must have access to a camera.

We require experienced individuals to help mentor our volunteers, interns and young companies. We need people with good interpersonal skills who can pass on their knowledge and skills in a number of areas e.g. project management, business planning, design, communications, event planning, marketing etc.

Are there restrictions on who can perform these roles, e.g. mobility, age, etc.?
We are fully inclusive. Most of our venues and our office have full access. Volunteers must be 16+

volunteer with us

All volunteers are required to complete an informal interview with our Volunteer Manager. This is an opportunity to ask any questions you may have and understand the roles that you will be involved in. It also helps us to match your skills and interests to tasks that best suit you.

Creative Youth (and IYAF) provide a range of flexible volunteering opportunities with shifts available during the week, at weekends and at evenings.

Volunteers will receive:

  • Festival T-shirt
  • Volunteer wristband – this gives you free entry to all shows on a standby ticket (available 10 minutes before the show starts)
  • Discounts to local restaurants and cafes during the Festival

Please email volunteer@creativeyouthcharity.org if you are interested in getting involved.

what our volunteers say about us

“Very friendly and helpful and always on hand to answer any questions I had. I gained an insight into event management as well as box office experience.” – Natalia, 19

“All members of the IYAF staff are very friendly and approachable. I have improved my confidence and have learnt a lot more about how shows are put on tech wise.” – Daniel, 16

“It was great to meet enthusiastic young people who are keen to help out and see them develop.” – Philippa, 40

“The most valuable part of the experience was the people I met whilst working and those that I worked with. As well as the confidence that I gained.” – Amelia, 17

“Great to meet a team of enthusiastic staff and volunteers. Volunteer coordinator did a great job with so many new volunteers.” – Ruth, 55

“Everyone was very cooperative and easy to get on with. A well worth experience.” – Victoria, 38