Buxton International Festival is made of a small, passionate and dedicated team working all year round. We would love for you to join us to help inspire a new generation.

Festival Volunteer

Be part of bringing live performances to Festival audiences

Buxton International Festival is a celebration of opera, music and books committed to delivering high quality live performances in the beautiful spa town of Buxton each July.

The Buxton International Festival which will run from 4 to 21 July, 2024 will use 5 venues in the town centre to host over 100 events – up to 10 per day.  BIF has always enjoyed the support of volunteers, particularly during the Festival period to help us welcome and look after our audience.  To deliver the Festival we need more volunteers than we have ever had before.  Can you help?


Benefits of being a BIF volunteer:

  • Enjoy the buzz of the Festival
  • Grow your social circle and meet new people
  • Access free training and enhance your personal skills, knowledge and experience
  • Volunteering is good for your mental and physical health
  • Get to see some of the BIF events
  • Work as part of the awesome BIF team
  • Be able to say “I was part of that”


BIF volunteers are asked to:

  • Provide a friendly and welcoming face for visitors
  • Treat people with respect and courtesy
  • Provide information about BIF to our visitors, answering queries and giving directions
  • Seating the audience when venue doors open
  • Working the microphone during Q&A sessions
  • Sitting in on events
  • Turn up on time (including training sessions)
  • Commit to at least 5 event shifts (roughly an hour longer than the show)


Are you interested in being part of something special?

Please fill in the online form here and you will hear back from BIF to let you know the next steps.  Even if you have volunteered for BIF in the past, please fill in the form.  Our preference is to contact you by email, but where no email address is provided, we will telephone you.  If, when all your questions have been answered you are happy to join the BIF24 team, you will be sent an event rota to identify the shifts that you are available for.

We provide a festival briefing on Tuesday, 2 July 2024, coving a range of issues including health and Safety and festival procedures, which all volunteers need to attend.

Fill out the volunteer form