Our small team depends on volunteers to help us deliver both Open House Festival and Seaside Revival events, by assisting with ticketing, seating, event setup, litter picking, and many other vital duties. They ensure our visitors are happy and safe and enjoy their festival experience to the full. In 2021, the role of our volunteers was more important than ever, as live events returned following a prolonged absence due to the pandemic. More than 100 of them helped us manage our events safely, ensuring Covid regulations were adhered to. They reassured our audiences, and did everything that was asked of them – always with huge smiles on their faces.
Because our volunteers are vital to the delivery of the festival, we have worked hard over the past few years to build a dynamic and inclusive volunteer programme, including induction sessions and training courses. It’s important to us that Open House volunteers provide a valuable link between the festival and our audiences – but also that they have a great time doing so. In 2021, for the first time in Open House history, our volunteer programme received sponsorship support, thanks to the Community Fund at George Best Belfast City Airport. The volunteers proudly wore red t-shirts in July for the Seaside Revival events they helped at, and green t-shirts for the August Festival in Bangor Castle Walled Garden and Ward Park – all emblazoned with the airport logo.