Be part of the action at Clonmel Junction Festival

Clonmel Junction Festival (CJF) has been running a volunteer and trainee programme for the last few years, aimed at enthusiastic and committed individuals who are willing to help and learn during the festival.

Clonmel Junction Festival (CJF) has been running a volunteer and trainee programme for the last few years, aimed at enthusiastic and committed individuals who are willing to help and learn during the festival.

This year, there will be an additional performer’s programme to cater for the growing participative performance programme. Whether you choose to be a volunteer, trainee or performer in CJF, all programmes are guaranteed to be a rewarding experience.

Being a volunteer in CJF enables to explore possible career options, discover new skills and talents, and make new friends. This year’s volunteer programme includes 4 teams: the front of house and stewarding team for the theatre and street events, the production team, which supports the technical crew, the hospitality and artist’s liaison team, which looks after the artists’ stay in Clonmel, and the marketing team which distributes publicity material and collects evaluation information.

The trainee programme was introduced in 2010 and is aimed at younger people and at those with a special interest in one of the areas of specialty. This year it comprises of six arts cafés, the very popular catering tent as well as a junior production team. Trainees will be expected to help with the setting up and running of the cafés, catering tent or production venues as well as receiving coaching and mentoring in the selected area of specialty. It is a unique learning and training opportunity for arts and food enthusiasts who wish to explore or learn about a specific area of interest.

After last year’s very successful choral project, CJF will have another choral projects on offer: led by conductor Elisabeth Attl and voice coach Claire Crehane, it will have a classical slant and there will be two concerts, one sung Mass and one highlights of the opera evening.

The Festival will also run a clowning project led by Barrabas director and performer Raymond Keane, which will culminate with 4 performances in the Old Chadwick’s theatre. A taster workshop for this project will be held during the Easter holiday on Saturday, April 30. The workshop is free of charge but registration is necessary: interested individuals can register either by email: josie@junctionfestival.com or by text at 086 261 9366 or in person at the Common Thread Café on 15 Parnell Street, Clonmel. Both performance projects are suitable for all ages.

All volunteers, trainees and performers are entitled to different benefits and discounts from CJF. Registration fee for trainee and performer programme is 25 per person and free for the volunteer programme (over 18 only). Details of programmes and application forms are available on CJF’s website (www.junctionfestival.com <http://www.junctionfestival.com> ) and in The Common Thread Café at 15 Parnell Street, Clonmel.