Brainchild is a 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


If you fancy getting involved behind the scenes and playing an instrumental role in  making the weekend happen, then volunteering with friends is a very good way to go about it! You’ll be given 3 shifts (each four hours long) across the weekend and will be refunded half the cost of your ticket after the festival.

Before the festival, we’ll send you a form where you get to tell us about particular things you’d like to help out with, and any particular friends you would like to work your shifts with. Please note that volunteers are required to arrive early for a briefing at 20.30 on Thursday 8th July.

Even though Brainchild 2021 is sold out, we still have some Volunteer tickets left. However, because they’re the last tickets available for the festival, we’re having to be extra careful that everyone who buys them really does want to volunteer. As you can imagine, it’s very bad for the festival to have no-shows on shifts. So you can buy a volunteer ticket by emailing to express your interest and ask any questions you may have, then we’ll be able to issue you a unique code to buy a ticket.

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.


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

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