Art Décor — Festival Volunteers

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As part of the Art Décor team, we create the visual ambience for the festival with our creative offerings and natural interventions based on the theme. This year the theme is “Kiss the Earth”. We will explore this using natural materials found in the environment along with basic materials such as wire, string, water-based glues, clay, wool, wood, paint etc.

We are looking for artists for our creative team. Please indicate what skills and experience you have in your application and include links to photos of your work. There are only 9 places on the team this year. The team will be a mixture of some people who have already worked on this team previously and some new people. This year the team is being led by Kamalanandi who is new to the role, but has been part of Buddhafield for a while.

As well as working a full day, there is also space for dharma study, meditation and hanging out. Each day we will have a group check-in to start the morning. We grow and build a team over the days, through working and living together, contributing not just to the practical side of building a festival, but to creating the Buddhafield community for everyone.

We ask that you arrive on site on Thursday 1st July with your full camping kit or live-in vehicle ready to start working on the morning of Friday 2nd July. We will be working to get the site ready for the first Festival which is a weekend event that is on the 8th-10th July. We will need to provide technical cover while the festival is running, attending to any of our creations that may need maintenance in any way. We then have a few days turnaround before the next festival that runs from the 14th-18th July. In those days between the festivals we will be checking on all our work, mending and maintaining and maybe even making a few new things if we want. Then again when the second longer festival is on we will be working on maintaining the decor and checking it is all in good working order. After the festivals are finished we are responsible for dismantling all of the projects, installations and decorations that we set up. Once we have taken everything down then you are free to leave the site. Tat down takes considerably less time than setting up so we envisage it will only take 3 days so you can plan to leave site on the 21st as long as all our work is done. To summarise the dates -

  • Arrive 1st July and settle in
  • start work 2nd July 10am
  • “Weekender” Festival starts 8-10th July
  • 11-14th maintenance time between festivals
  • 5 day Festival starts 14th-18th
  • 19th-21st tat down

This team will work best with good commitment to each other and the project. We’re looking forward to you bringing your ideas, energy, generosity, creative skills, physical labour and positivity. In return we offer a total of 3 weeks of living and working on the land with access to Buddhist teaching and community, more specifically -

  • your ticket to the festivals
  • 3 meals a day, plus hot drinks/some snacks, for the time you are on site.
  • hot showers and compost toilets
  • meditation teaching and dharma input, plus experience of living in a close-knit community on the land.
  • collaborating with other artists to co-create a beautiful and inspiring space

  Buddhafield Events

#### Message about 2021 Festival Volunteering

Buddhafield is working closely with the local licensing authority to make sure our two events, Buddhafield Festival and Buddhafield Weekender, can go ahead safely. We expect that certain restrictions will be in place in order for these events to go ahead.

Before you apply for a volunteering position, we ask that you consider whether you will be comfortable following whatever restrictions are in place as per current government guidelines at the time of the events. This could include, but is not limited to, extra handwashing, social distancing, face masks, no snack provision and extra rules around mealtimes etc.

If you will find this difficult then this year might not be the year for you and we look forward to having you back as a volunteer when we no longer need to follow these restrictions.

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#### A Word about Alcohol and Drugs

Please have a think about our view on alcohol and recreational drugs, as described on the Festival overview page.

We don’t wish to judge people’s views on this — and hope it won’t put you off applying! And if this would be a new way of experiencing a festival for you then why not give it a try?! However please bear in mind that if you choose to work with us and are accepted, then we’d expect this policy to be respected.