GIAF depends hugely on our dedicated volunteers to help transform Galway for 14 exceptional days of creativity each July. Our volunteers invigilate art galleries, assist theatregoers at award-winning shows, steward crowds at concerts and street theatre events, assist guests at comedy shows and discussions and even go behind the scenes to help with the production, marketing and administrative aspects of the Festival.
About half of our volunteer force hails from outside Ireland. In 2019, we hosted 1,000 volunteers from 55 countries with a wide range of ages, abilities and interests.
Volunteers must be 18 or older and have a basic level of English proficiency. Applications open in the Spring on the GIAF website. Do not hesitate to contact the Volunteer Manager with any queries or concerns throughout the year.
- Access to one of The Guardian's "Top 5 Summer Festivals in Europe"
- Volunteer t-shirt, free show tickets and discounts on local businesses
- Instant network of hundreds of soon-to-be friends from all over the world
- World-class visual art, music, theatre, comedy, street spectacle and discussions
- Staying in one of Europe's most charmingly modern medieval cities on the edge of Europe