Brainchild is an ever-growing community of people connected by shared values. Every year through the festival and our other projects, we meet and collaborate with hundreds of people, and these friendships become driving forces for our creative output.

We open up opportunities to get involved all through the year, from performing at the festival to volunteering with us, designing art installations to sharing works in progress at Hatch. Check the list below to see what’s open at the moment.

Nina Mdwaba and Emily Motto finishing an installation on the festival site


Deadline passed (14 March) – please note we are no longer accepting proposals or submissions to play/perform at Brainchild 2021.


We’d love to hear from ethical food stalls & catering companies interested in trading at our festival. If you’re keen to explore this with us, please fill out this simple form and it we’ll respond to you to further the conversation ASAP. Please bear in mind we’ve had to delay a few of these conversations starting due to pressure on our team in this unprecedented time.


Volunteer tickets (where you work 3x 4h shifts over the weekend and get half your ticket refunded) are now over-subscribed and we’re no longer open to inquiries.

There will be other volunteer roles available in the coming months that are more specific (e.g. for the Green Team, who manage recycling). These deposits will be refunded 100% but please bear in mind that these roles are required to work more shifts over the weekend. Details will be published with the roles in April.


Hatch is our cosy, rough-round-the-edges mixed bill night for sharing new ideas and works in progress. We adapted these events to a digital format, hosting short performances of early-stage works in an online broadcast, with the aim of encouraging audience feedback and new creative connections.

Applications are currently closed as we have no events upcoming, but please check back as we regularly call out for new ideas.


There are no positions currently available, though we will be recruiting for several on site roles for Brainchild Festival 2021. These opportunities will be promoted on our channels in the coming months.


For general enquiries please email