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

Working WITH US

We’re looking for an Associate Programmer to join the team and support the booking of Talks & Workshops at Brainchild Festival 2020. We host a huge variety of things from panels to led-discussions, skills-sharing workshops (craft, ideas or movement based), storytelling sessions, readings, listening parties and lots of other experimental & interdisciplinary work that doesn’t really fit in a category.

You don’t need any specific experience to apply, we’re looking for someone who understands the personality & cultural world of Brainchild’s programme and has ideas to contribute!

This is a small, part-time role for an honorarium fee and is suitable for someone who has full-time work elsewhere, is at an early stage of their career and looking to gain experience in programming and is willing & able to volunteer some of their time.

The Associate Programmer is only required at two programming meetings (on an evening or weekend at our office in Southwark), the festival itself (10th-12th July, East Sussex) and for occasional, ad hoc phone & email conversations about programming – there is scope for involvement beyond this, subject to the Associate Programmers time & interest.

For more information about the role & how to apply please read the job description.

Deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 23rd February.


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 taking place at Vault Festival on Saturday 22nd February. If you are interesting in performing, please read more here.


🖌✂️👩‍🏭𝘾𝘼𝙇𝙇𝙄𝙉𝙂 𝘼𝙇𝙇 𝘼𝙍𝙏𝙄𝙎𝙏𝙎👩‍🏭✂️🖌Makers, creators and crafty folk we are now accepting installation proposals for Brainchild 2020!

Every year these pieces bring so much life, colour and joy to our festival and make our site a place of play and discovery. We want to know what you think could transform a Brainchilder’s experience and leave them with memories to last a lifetime. Whether that’s through sparking debate or releasing their inner child, this is a place for you to spill your ideas. 🧠🔍

Here’s the proposal form. The deadline is noon on the 17th February.


Submissions are now open, you can apply here. Deadline for submissions is midnight on 15th March. We welcome submissions from musicians, theatre-makers, poets, workshop leaders, organisations, dancers, filmmakers and anything in between.

Please be aware that we received a whopping 1000 applications last year, and only book 80 acts across the festival, of which 30% come from our submissions process.


If you’re a food trader and would love to sell some tasty treats with us this year, please get in touch with and put on copy.

Please note that we do not currently accept applications from market traders/stalls. We have our own shop and would be happy to discuss selling your merchandise or goods though. If you would like to talk to us about this, please email


For general enquiries please email

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