Welcome to Brainchild Festival. We are a DIY powered and volunteer-led festival celebrating the talents and ideas of the people around us.
For three days in July, we stitch together incredible creative projects into a program of live music, jam sessions, spoken word, DJ sets, talks, workshops, film, theatre and installation art.
The festival is a meeting of minds; it is very intimate, with artists, crew and festival-goers all camping together and no VIP areas on site. We push important conversations and interdisciplinary art to the forefront and welcome everybody to get involved. Built up by friends of friends over the years, the atmosphere is warm, open and relaxed. Brainchild is the perfect place to let your guard down, try things out and discover amazing artists. We hope that you will find something you love this year.
Winners of the AIM Award for Best Independent Festival 2015 & 2016!
★★★★ - The Independent
Join the crew! Brainchild is a festival that’s run on the goodwill and hard work of lots of amazing individuals. If you’d like to help us make the weekend happen, then volunteering over the festival is a great way to do it.
As part of the volunteer team, you will see the festival from the inside. The volunteers at Brainchild are fundamental to its success, helping to make sure things are ticking over and doing a variety of jobs, from bar work to catering, ticketing and lots more in between. Every year we’ve met some of the most generous and spirited people on the volunteering team – read on for more info.
How it works:
– Over the weekend, you will help out for 10 hours split up into 3 shifts so you still have lots of time to explore the festival and party. Plus, if you volunteer with a friend, just let us know and we’ll do our best to put you on shift together.
– All volunteers will need to be on site from Thursday evening for a briefing and to be given their rotas. You will also need to be on site until your shifts are complete which might be Sunday night or Monday morning.
– After the festival, when you’ve done your shifts, half of your ticket-price will be refunded to you.
And, if you can stick around, there’s drinking and relaxing to be done with all the crew on the Monday night. We hope you’ll join in, email ‘tomo’ or ‘ali’ @brainchildfestival.co.uk us know if you have any queries.
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Please note that the deadline for submissions in music, art, talks/workshops and poetry has now passed. Theatre and film submissions are open until the 10th March. However, if you get in touch we will endeavour to get back to you to discuss your idea, just write to the relevant programming teams at either ‘music’, ‘art’, ‘theatre’, ‘talks’, ‘poetry’, ‘film’, ‘workshops’ followed by …@brainchildfestival.co.uk.
Alternatively, please check out Platform, our HQ in Southwark, London where we are able to put on events and projects – maybe your idea can happen there.
For volunteering inquiries, email tomo
For site and production email joey
For food traders email jasper
For press and partnerships email marina
For any other enquiries email team