How to find work at the Edinburgh Festival 2011
- Jennifer Flett
- 3 June 2011
This article is from 2011.
How to find a job at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011
Thousands of people descend upon Edinburgh every year for festival season. For many, finding some type of job at The Edinburgh Festival is an ideal way to spend August in the city, and much if the work comes with, ahem, Fringe benefits that put you at the centre of the action. However, the earlier you start looking for this work, the better.
There are also opportunities for volunteering. A study carried out last year it found that 71% of volunteers had an increase in their willingness to try new things. Ideal to give you a taste of something new, interesting and possibly completely bizarre.
Either way, working at the Edinburgh Festival is a great way to get involved, be at the heart of the Edinburgh buzz, see some shows (possibly for free) and can look impressive on the CV. Plus, there really is no experience quite like it!
Even those with little work experience can find work. As the world's largest arts festival, there are literally thousands of shows and hundreds of venues, who need everyone from box office staff, bar staff, street teams handing out flyers and technical staff.
Finding a job
The official Edinburgh Fringe Festival site offers space to advertise jobs. The Fringe themselves need to fill positions. You can also follow them on Twitter @edfringe
Some venues themselves have their own websites that advertise all kinds of jobs both paid and unpaid. Getting a job at a venue can give you access to shows - and it can also place you slap bang in the middle of the madness, which is no bad thing.
The Underbelly is usually situated both in the Cowgate and Bristo Square and is host to top comedians, theatre and the weird and the wonderful. They are currently offering jobs as part of their street team, box office, front of house, press office, bar and technical staff.
Every year the Pleasance offer festival-goers a variety of comedy and theatre. What they offer are voluntary jobs with added bonuses. By giving your services in the box office, or out on the street, they will give you accommodation, cash to feed yourself and a free Pleasance pass. This allows for you to go to any show for free as long as there are seats. It's working, but without missing the festival action - or paying for any tickets.
This has fast become the first port of call for job seekers and potential employers. Individual shows or venues may use Gumtree to advertise jobs. This could be work promoting the shows and venues, but it could also be to find participants for shows or technical staff. You can also use the site to advertise your own interest in a Festival job and let the Festival come to you.
Gumtree can also be useful to find accommodation for the Festival period. Often it's the case that students are away for that month or people leave and their rooms are up for temporary lease or sub-let. So it is an easy way to see what's available, even if it's last minute.
If you are struggling to find somewhere to stay, Gumtree is full of people trying to find a taker for their room during August. Places like hostels and hotels do all fill up very quickly, so you do have to book ahead. Other options may be to couch surf, which is an interesting concept that basically involves bunking on somebody's couch for a week or two and they open up their home to you. Another place to look is Edinburgh Festival Rentals, who offer flats to rent over the Festival period.
Before you do anything, make sure you have the right visa. If coming from overseas, you are eligible to work for up to six months if you apply for a Working Visa. for full details check the UK Borders website. www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk