Volunteers wanted for Bastard 2018!


Avant Garden is on the lookout for volunteers for this year’s festival!

Bastard – Trondheim international performing arts festival is Avant Garden’s annual festival. This year it takes place from Tuesday 11 September through to Sunday 16 September.

Our volunteers are vital to the festival. This year we are looking for several individuals to work in a small team together with staff, technicians and artists to provide everyone who visits the festival with a great experience.

Working as a volunteer will help you gain valuable experience within the arts industry, give you the chance to get to know many other people interested in art and culture, and it is a great opportunity to see a variety of the festival performances for free. We often tend to seek recruitments among our hard working group of volunteers when we need to hire help in the future, for various short and long term assignments.

If you know you have the time and interest, apply now!

Apply to become a volunteer by filling out the application form below – We will contact all applicants.

You will find brief descriptions of the roles below, but please keep in mind that we expect our volunteers to be flexible and help where needed. It is important that we find the right person for the right job, so use the application form to register for the roles you are most interested in.

If you have questions, please contact frivillig@avantgarden.no.


(See descriptions of the roles below)



This is the task for those who feel that they have some extra time and commitment. Our vision is to have a host for each artist/company, that will follow them from A to Z. The tasks will vary from company to company. The Artist Host is the company’s contact person, and will therefore work closely with the volunteer coordinator and producer throughout the festival. We need people who are dedicated, service-minded and solution-oriented. Good English skills are essential for this task, as many of our artists come from countries other than Norway. Having other language skills will be an advantage, but not a requirement. If you have worked with something similar before, please let us know.


For each performance, we need a person who has the responsibility to ensure that the audience is safe and happy while they are visiting us. The audience host will be given a wide variety of tasks, including but not limited to; checking tickets, greeting the audience, being a fire warden during performance, keeping in touch with the company/technician/artist host before and after performances, guarding the wardrobe, restocking toilet facilities, and clearing the theatre after a performance. This requires that you are outgoing, service-minded, self-motivated and creative, and that you speak Norwegian/Scandinavian and/or English well.


The job as a driver mainly consists of picking up and bringing artists to and from Værnes airport, the train station and the hotel, and to some extent also help transporting people and equipment between the various venues. Drivers are needed before, during and after the festival. The assignment requires that you have a driver’s license class B, as well as good English skills.


Working with rigging mainly means working with our wonderful technicians, and helping them with what they need. You must be prepared for some heavy lifting, as well as open to the possibility of working late in the evening or early in the morning – after the last and before the first performance of the day. It is an advantage if you have done something similar before, but it is not a requirement. Please let us know if you have any previous experience.


With help from our PR group we will make sure that the Bastard festival will be seen all over town! As part of the PR group you will be located at stands around the city, such as Nordre gt, Solsiden etc., where we hand out flyers and programmes, and talk with people. This post requires you to be outgoing, smiling and overall very positive, as you become the public face of the festival. We also need someone who can hang up posters and deliver festival programmes to cafes and other relevant locations around the city. The PR group requires staffing both before the festival starts and while it is in progress.


This is a task for those who like preparing food! We need people who love to cook and who would like to prepare food for technicians, staff, and to some extent, the other volunteers and artists. As food should be delivered to various venues, it can be an advantage to have a driver’s license, but it is not a requirement.


The festival begins on Tuesday 11 September, but there is a lot that need to happen before that. Important preparation tasks we need help with are to source props needed for the various performances. It can be anything from shopping at Ikea, to collecting things we are hiring/borrowing, to searching on FINN.no or other creative solutions. Other work may include preparing venues/spaces, lighter rigging etc.

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