Brainchild is a growing DIY network of creative people. Our highlight of the year is Brainchild Festival, a three-day event that takes place in East Sussex in July. We also produce cross-art events throughout the year. We are always sharing ways for people to get involved, from performing at the main Festival, to volunteering, designing art installations, taking part in our HATCH nights at Platform Southwark, and many more opportunities across the year.

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


We’re recruiting for a variety of paid on site roles for the festival this year! Please see all details below. These teams are integral to making the whole show happen, and the successful candidates will be enthusiastic people who are ready muck in with us for the weekend. For all of the roles, an excitement for Brainchild’s work is a pre-requisite and some kind of live events experience will be necessary.

🐝Green Team Volunteers: join this team to help us minimise the environmental impact of the festival as far as possible. We have extended the deadline for this as we’re still looking for a couple more volunteers, and you can read about the job here.

💪General Volunteers: Brainchild has been built on the goodwill and hard work of lots of amazing individuals volunteering over the years. If you’d like to help us make the weekend happen, then volunteering over the festival is a great way to do it.

As part of the volunteer team, you will see the festival from the inside. The volunteers at Brainchild are fundamental to its success, helping to make sure things are ticking over and doing a variety of jobs, from bar work to catering, ticketing and lots more in between. How it works:

 Over the weekend, you will help out for 12 hours split up into 3 shifts so you still have lots of time to explore the festival and party. Plus, if you volunteer with a friend, just let us know and we’ll do our best to put you on shift together. You will be given a free meal for every shift you work.

 All volunteers will need to be on site from Thursday evening for a briefing and to be given their rotas. You will also need to be on site until your shifts are complete which might be Sunday night or Monday morning.

 After the festival, when you’ve done your shifts, half of your ticket-price will be refunded to you.

To get a ticket, please email and he’ll send you a link.


We’re looking for innovative theatre, cabaret, comedy, music, poetry, performance art and everything in between – anyone willing to take risks and try something new. We host six short performances across the year at Platform Southwark, of early-stage works with the aim of encouraging audience feedback and new connections.

Our next HATCH night is in Autumn 2019. If you are interesting in performing, please fill out this application form and read more here.



Festival Inquiries: 

To be on the build and break team email bria

For general on-site volunteering email tomo

For press email lucy

For any other enquiries email team

Please note that the deadline for programming applications has now passed for 2019. Submissions will open again for Brainchild Festival in 2020.

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