Jump the queues for Tower Hamlets festivals this spring by working as a volunteer

Young people in Tower Hamlets can grab an opportunity to get into festivals for free this spring and gain some valuable experience at the same time.

The Festival Faces scheme will provide training involving role play games, confidence building and team exercises, designed to develop the skills required at events.

Successful applicants aged 16 to 19 will then work in groups at one of the borough’s festivals in May and June and learn about the organisation going on behind-the-scenes of the carnival atmosphere.

The project is funded by Tower Hamlet’s council’s You Decide programme which allows people in the borough to pick how extra funding is spent and will be run by East London performing arts company, Theatre Venture.

Festivals where you could get a back-stage view include the Baishakhi Mela which celebrates Bengali New Year, the Paradise Gardens festival in Victoria Park and the 1001 Arabian Nights production.

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Steve Murray, the council’s head of arts and events, said: “If you are interested in pursuing a career in event management or just enjoy attending art events then Festival Faces will be perfect for you.”

Participants will also be placed on the Fest-List which allows festival organisers to get in touch with young volunteers.

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There are spaces for seventy young people to join the scheme and the deadline for applications is February 21.

To download an application pack or for further details visit theatre-venture.org or call 020 8519 6678.

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