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Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in the Celtic Colours
 International Festival volunteer program.

Our festival could not operate without the dedication and long hours provided 
by over 1,700 volunteers. For your effort you get an opportunity to be part 
of an amazing and exciting event. You will experience the creative energy 
of 400 performers and know that you have been right in the heart of action.
 Our audience knows the excitement very well and, like so many of our 
volunteers, comes back year after year. You will also have the satisfaction
 of contributing to an event that brings more than $6 million into the local
 economy every year.

We have three categories of volunteers at Celtic Colours:

1) Community Volunteers – work in their own community with a hosting 
organization either for a concert venue or a community cultural event. If your
 community is hosting an event, they may need your help. Please contact them directly.

2) Festival Club Volunteers – The Festival Club occurs each night of the Festival from 11PM – 3AM at the
 Gaelic College in St Ann’s. The volunteer roles there include selling tickets
 at the door, selling bar tickets and working in the bar. The Festival Club 
volunteers are generally people who live in the immediate vicinity of the
 Gaelic College and they are scheduled and supervised by the staff at the
 Gaelic College.

3) Celtic Colours Volunteers – work throughout the festival in a wide variety of 
roles as drivers or at concert venues under the direction of the festival staff 
or experienced volunteers. If you are interested and available to be a festival 
volunteer, the following information should help you decide what you would
 like to do.

Types of Positions Available:

a) Site and Stage Management

All of our concert venues require Site Managers and Stage Managers. These are highly skilled positions, but have always been carried out by volunteers.

In general, Site Managers are responsible for all aspects of the audience and the venue and work directly with the community hosting committee. Stage Managers are responsible for everything to do with the show and the Stage. The Stage Manager works directly with the artists and technicians. Site and Stage Managers must work together on some aspects of the event. Strong and positive communication skills are essential for both positions.

Both Site and Stage positions require the volunteer to have experience in either customer service or working with the general public. Stage positions also benefit from previous experience with music events and/or musicians. Both require volunteers to have participated in training or professional development workshops provided by Celtic Colours. Volunteering as either a Site or Stage Manager is a commitment of at least an 8 hour day, sometimes more depending on the venue and distances for driving. Site and Stage Managers must be on site one hour before sound checks begin and stay until their work is completed after the show.

We also have apprenticeship roles for Assistant Stage and Assistant Site positions for people who are new to our system. If you would like to volunteer in a Site or Stage Management position and you have no experience, you must attend the training sessions in September and understand that either first year Site or Stage Management volunteers can only serve as Assistants. The basic training and Professional Development Workshops for 2014 will take place in September.

If you have attended a Site or Stage Manager training session in the past and have served as a Site or Stage Manager or Assistant we request that you upgrade your knowledge by attending the advanced Professional Development Workshops in September. These workshops are on very specific topics in areas that may help you develop new skills.

To learn more about the Site and Stage Management job descriptions please download the documents available at the bottom of this page. You will need to complete the 2014 Volunteer Application Form to begin the process. This year we are also requiring all previous volunteers to complete the form so that we have accurate and consistent information in our database.

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator Rhoda MacCormick at either volunteers@celtic-colours.com or at 562-6700 ext. 230.

b) Transportation / Drivers

Celtic Colours International Festival has a Transportation unit consisting of a group of volunteers who drive artists to and from the venues. In order to apply, you must have a valid driver’s license, be at least 25 years old, and be extremely familiar with roads and the routes throughout Cape Breton Island. Once an application is filled out there is an interview. After a successful interview there is a mandatory training session prior to the festival. During the festival, the Driver’s meet at the Transportation Office which is located at The Gaelic College in St. Ann’s. The college is where the Celtic Colours’ vehicles are parked. Drivers are responsible to transport artists to and from the Halifax or Sydney airport, and to drive and accompany the artists to Celtic Colours shows and community venues around the island. Other duties include picking up artists on a day-to-day basis, delivery of items the festival staff and artists may require, and selling CD’s at the concert venues. The driver’s day is particularly long starting at noon and ending after midnight; however, there are shows or workshops beginning early morning and ending late afternoon. Being a Driver is a very rich and rewarding experience, and is an essential component to the success of Celtic Colours International Festival.

Contact Blair or Gerardette Brown – blairgerardette@bellaliant.net

c) Casual Positions

Casual positions require no specific training. The majority of our shows do 
not require casual volunteers because the community hosting organizations
 provide all of the volunteers at the venue. However there are a few of
 our larger shows such as those in Sydney and Port Hawkesbury that do 
require help with ushering, handing out programs and taking ballots. Casual
 opportunities also exist at other Festival events including the late night 
Festival Club and the Volunteer Reception. Help is also appreciated in the 
office leading up to and during Festival time with tasks like assembling Site
 and Stage kits and getting volunteers ready for shows.

Documents to Download:

Volunteer Guidelines

Concert Volunteer Application

Drive’er Volunteer Application

Site Manager Job Description

Stage Manager Job Description

Call toll free for more information +1(877) 285-2321