Volunteer with us! : Dunedin Fringe Festival

Volunteer with us!

Call for Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust board members

We are looking for people to support our governance needs. In particular, we’re looking for:

    • People with mātauranga Māori knowledge and expertise
    • Alumni of our core programmes: Dunedin Fringe Festival, NZ Young Writers Festival and the Amped Music Project
    • Members of local Pacific communities
    • People with lived experience of disability
    • Active members of the Ōtepoti/Dunedin creative arts sector
    • People with community development experience (including fundraising)
    • People with leadership or governance skills (with the aim to possibly take on the Trust’s Chairperson role over time)

Are you able to commit a few hours per month to support the Trust’s kaupapa? This is an opportunity to join are a friendly, supportive organisation that’s passionate about the role of arts and culture in healthy communities, and committed to an organisational journey of decolonisation, antiracism and equity. If you’re interested in volunteering with DFAT,  we'd love to hear from you!

Volunteering for the 2024 Fringe Festival 

If you're interested in volunteering for the Dunedin Fringe Festival 2024, please fill out this form to let us know your availabilities, skills, and interests.

Read on to find out a bit more about what volunteering with us is like!

The Dunedin Fringe Festival is an experimental, boundary-breaking festival that welcomes one and all, endeavouring to build a programme with something for everyone. The Dunedin Fringe is a big machine with a lot of moving parts, and vital to this ecosystem are the volunteers who generously bless us with their talent and care, devoting their time and energy every year to the success of the festival. 

We even won an award for our volunteer programme at the 2021 Dunedin Volunteer Awards!

Be a part of a thriving creative arts scene, watch the city come alive, make friends and connections to last a lifetime, get experience, and get empowered to do your own creative work! Our volunteer coordinator is also happy to provide references to those who want them, or to be a referee for the future.

While the bulk of volunteer roles are during the festival in March, there are several events leading up to the festival that require your help, such as the Programme Launch in February, distribution of guides and posters to help promote the festival, and market days such as Thieves Alley.

*The festival is an ever-changing landscape, therefore, the roles and responsibilities on the following list may differ or change from the description. Additionally, if you feel you have experience that would be a great benefit to the festival, let us know and we may be able to find a unique role/position for you!


Front of House

This role involves taking and selling tickets to shows at the Festival run venue Te Whare o Rukutia, and at selected Fringe venues. Having a basic knowledge of and being willing to promote Fringe events is a bonus. Volunteers in this role will be taking and selling tickets; basic numeracy and cash handling, customer service skills, like communication and a helpful attitude towards customers are essential.


This role will involve showing people their seats, assisting with any health and safety procedures if needed and doing the odd job at Fringe venues. The usher is there to help direct people to the emergency exits in the unlikely event of an emergency. In between shows the usher helps moving chairs and assisting the Venue Manager. It is therefore important that the usher knows how to handle stressful situations, is able to give and follow instructions and is preferably able to help with moving chairs. 

Box Office / Office Angel (Fringe Box Office)

This role involves selling tickets to Fringe shows from the Fringe Box Office, answering questions, promoting shows, direct marketing (knowledge of Fringe events is a bonus but not essential) and helping out with odd jobs around the office. 

Crew (also known as Pack in / Pack out / Runner / Stagehand)

This role is a broad term that essentially means that the volunteer is an extra pair of hands for the team in operations or logistics. For example, it could mean setting up/decorating spaces for events or venues, tidying/deconstructing a space after events and at the end of the festival, assisting programmes, interacting with audience as part of programmes, or being a runner for the Production Manager to assist them with their tasks. A ‘get stuck-in’ attitude and the ability to follow instructions are all that’s required. 


This role involves working with the Bar & Duty manager to work behind the bar, selling and serving drinks and food and assisting with odd jobs at the Fringe run venue Te Whare o Rukutia,  to ensure that the bar/kitchen runs smoothly. Enthusiasm and a good attitude are a must! Hospitality experience is really helpful but not essential as volunteers can be trained on the job. 


This role involves delivering flyers, posters and guides to local businesses around Dunedin. This is a really important role, consistently underrated and surprisingly hard to consistently fill. It covers distribution of festival guides and artist posters/flyers and stickers to the public and to businesses and sponsors around Dunedin in order to build knowledge and customer base. Distribution is carried out through a variety of means, direct marketing, events, hot spots, and flyer bombs. Volunteers need to have a vehicle or the ability to walk, patience, diligence and polite manners. 

Blackbox Assistant:

The Black Box is a pop up performance space in the Fringe x Pride Hub. Pedestrians walking past the can enjoy a wonderful Fringe performance for free!

This role consists of helping coordinate the Black Box Performance Space, making sure the audience members are safe and the artists can find some refreshments, and assisting with the technical set up. 

About Us

Dunedin Fringe envisions a city ignited by creativity, where all people embrace art, culture and creativity into their daily lives.

We have a mission to provide platforms for creative expression that help nurture communities. We have a special focus on supporting emerging artists, and the development of new and experimental work.

We produce the Dunedin Fringe Festival, Amped Music Project and New Zealand Young Writers Festival annually, curate the White Box Gallery, and manage the performing arts venue Te Whare o Rukutia.

Our Contacts

Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust
19 George Street,
Dunedin 9016,
Aotearoa New Zealand

03 477 3350