*GIAF is closely monitoring government restrictions and advice related to the current pandemic and is planning its 2021 Festival accordingly. At this time, we are unsure in what capacity the Festival will take place in 2021. Please visit our website for updates.*
GIAF depends hugely on our dedicated volunteers to help transform Galway for 14 days of creativity each year. Our volunteers invigilate art galleries, assist theatregoers at award-winning shows, steward crowds at concerts and street events, assist guests at riveting discussions and sometimes help staff and crew behind the scenes.
About half of our volunteers hail 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. Applications typically open in the Spring on the GIAF website. Do not hesitate to contact the Volunteer Manager with queries or concerns.
- 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