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From 9–27 January 2019, Sydney comes alive with the world’s most wonderful summer festival. As one of Australia’s favourite annual cultural events, Sydney Festival presents the biggest and best of the world’s performing and visual arts, all coming together in an avalanche of artistic activity.

Sydney Festival would not be possible without our army of dedicated and generous volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to experience Sydney Festival and be part of Australia's largest annual arts event, as well as part of the team that makes it all happen.

What do Sydney Festival volunteers do?

We will have various volunteer roles in many different venues, however an essential part of all roles is that you will represent Sydney Festival and provide information and directions to visitors to ensure everyone has a memorable experience. 

Specific requirements for volunteers are:
  • Interest in art & culture
  • Good communicator
  • Minimum age of 16
  • Complete a minimum of four shifts during the Festival period 9–27 January 2019
  • Undergo volunteer training and learn information required to perform your role

How to Apply

New to Sydney Festival volunteering? 
If you would like to volunteer with us in 2019, please apply via the button below.

Previously volunteered with us? 
Please register your interest HERE.

If you registered before but haven’t yet volunteered with us, please email us at

Sydney Festival 2019 Volunteer Program Timeline

Applications open.

Interviews and more information available to applicants.
Interviews will be held with all selected new applicants in November/ December.

General training - all volunteers will need to attend a general briefing session in December (exact date TBC).

Registration for shifts available
Each volunteer shift is 3-4 hours long. Shifts will be available for different roles across various venues for mornings, afternoons and evenings. 
Once you have been accepted as a Sydney Festival volunteer, you will get access to register for your shifts in the online system in December. 

Volunteers are required to complete a minimum of four shifts during the festival.

Role specific training – all volunteers are required to attend role specific training. These training sessions will be scheduled between 3-8 January. 

Festival: Volunteer shifts between 9-27 January. 
Some additional shifts may be available in December and early January.


We are here for you. If you have any questions please get in touch with our volunteer coordinators on 0488 007 673 or

Need to update information in your volunteer profile? Login HERE


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