Despite another setback for our neighbors to the south this week, summer is definitely on the way and that means lots and lots of festivals here in Edmonton. With over 30 established festivals each year, it’s no surprise that we’re Canada’s Festival City. It should also be no surprise that running 30 festivals requires a lot of time and effort, largely from volunteers:
The estimated number of volunteers required by Edmonton’s festivals is about 5,000 people! Our festivals are a source of community pride and an important element in the quality of life for Edmontonians in the summer – and beyond!
To help attract new volunteers, Volunteer Edmonton is co-hosting a Festival Volunteer Fair next week:
This recruitment event will showcase multiple festivals and will provide members of the community with a “one stop festival volunteer shopping experience”. We have confirmed that 15 diverse and exciting festivals will be on site, highlighting the volunteer opportunities they have to offer.
I think there are actually over 20 festivals now participating, including the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, A Taste of Edmonton, The Works Art & Design Festival, and the International Street Performers Festival.
The recruitment event takes place on Wednesday, May 14th from 3pm to 7pm at the TransAlta Arts Barns. Here’s a map of the location, and for more information you can call 211 or visit the Volunteer Edmonton site.
Check it out and pass it on!