Next Wave Festival 2018 Volunteer Applications

Next Wave Volunteer Applications are Now Open!

Are you a lover of the arts, an artist or just art-curious? Whatever your art-orientation, this is your invitation to join us in delivering our biennial arts festival.

Next Wave Festival 2018 will be happening in Melbourne from Thu 3 – Sun 20 May and we are seeking extraordinary volunteers of all backgrounds and skill levels to join us for the ride.

Next Wave Festival volunteers are highly valued members of our team and provide assistance to our program by installing artworks, bumping in events, invigilating exhibitions, providing Front-of-House services, helping patrons find their way, and aiding artists with their events.

Volunteer shifts range from 3-5 hours and we require a minimum commitment of four shifts across the three weeks of the Festival.

In addition to the incredible first-hand experience you will receive from working alongside industry professionals and artists, we also offer you

  • our love and gratitude
  • an opportunity to make lasting industry connections
  • an amazing festival T-shirt (for wearing on shift and for keeps!) and
  • a volunteer pass giving you free access to shows that are not sold out (after ticketed patrons have entered)


Volunteer Applications close on Monday 26 March with successful applicants notified by Thursday 5 April.

To be eligible to volunteer, applicants must be over 18 years of age at the time of the Festival. You will also need to be available to attend a Festival Briefing in the week before the Festival starts.

Keen to learn more about the events you might work on? The Next Wave Festival 2018 program launches on Tuesday 13 March. In the meantime, check out our 2018 artists here, and keep an eye on the website for updates.

Need to submit an application in an alternate format, or want to chat about your access requirements? Any questions or queries can be directed to Kim Haworth, Next Wave’s Volunteer Coordinator at or call 03 9329 9422. You can also contact us through the National Relay Service by asking for 03 9329 9422.

Click here to apply.



Deep Soulful Sweats, Next Wave Festival 2016. Image by Sarah Walker.