Volunteer at Peckham Festival

Volunteer at Peckham Festival

Following a brilliant first year, Peckham Festival is back, and hoping to pack even more into an event that celebrates creative and cultural Peckham.

In 2016 we programmed over 150 events over a single weekend; from performances, films, workshops, walks and talks, to art activities, exhibitions and more! We want to do this and more in 2017.

We are looking for Volunteers to assist on the delivery of the upcoming festival. The set-up and take-down of the festival takes place between the 11-19th of September and we remain open and accommodating to everyone’s time commitments and schedules. The festival itself runs from Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th September in Peckham SE15.

Purpose of a Festival Volunteer

Running a festival on such a scale requires a dedicated team of volunteers who will support the Festival Team in a variety of practical and operational ways from start to finish. Without our volunteers we could not run this event and our volunteers are the lifeline of the Peckham Festival.

Roles and Responsibilities

There are a variety of ways in which you can get involved in the running of the Festival – from stewarding to photography. Below is a summary of the types of areas we would like our Festival Volunteers to get involved with. You can get involved with one or many of them. Take your pick!

Social Media Delivery and Analytics

  • Helping us build our social media presence in the local community and to encourage participation and engagement.
  • Following, liking, sharing and engaging with our content on the following platforms:


Contributing relevant, topical and locally focused, experience-led content to the Peckham Festival Blog both during and in the lead up to the festival.

Undertaken under the guidance of the Festival Director / Volunteer Coordinator, this is a great way to exercise and develop your writing skills and communicate the exciting projects of Peckham’s local community to a wider audience! Volunteers have creative freedom and will steer their own projects.


If you are a avid blogger / self publisher, source community focused stories for your own blog/contribute to Peckham Festival blog by featuring/commenting/covering Peckham Festival events, people in our community / local projects etc.

Operations / Events Management

Providing hands-on support to the delivery of the diverse Festival events which include musical performances, artists open studios and a Sunday carnival. Encompassing a variety of tasks including stage building, sign-painting, picking up / delivering equipment, tech support, security support, distributing brochures, stewarding, crowd controlling etc.

Community Engagement

Supporting community engagement at the Festival is a directly public and participant facing role, acting as an ambassador of the Festival. Towards ensuring that Peckham Festival continues to be an inclusive, accommodating and open environment for everyone in the community for years to come – tasks include engaging in dialogue with participants / audiences, conducting short surveys / interviews with participants via a very informal questionnaire.


Supporting the documentation of the festival via. moving image, to be used to social media and for future promotional purposes. Volunteers must supply their own equipment. Volunteers have the right to their footage and any footage donated to the festival for our future promotional and use will be fully credited.


Supporting the documentation of the festival via. still photography. Suitable for both budding photographers or those interested in learning more about event photography, this is a great way to get your work out there! Images will be shared throughout the festival via social media and our Flickr account, communicating the fantastic events that went on and will feature in future promotional material. All contributing photographer’s images will be credited.

Specific Projects

We’re looking to recruit volunteers to support us on the following projects.

Decoration Creations Session for Holly Grove Carnival

Calling all arts and crafty volunteers! We’d like to make pom pom-style decorations to hang from the trees at Holly Grove on the Sunday of the festival. We’re open to other creative ideas to make the space look fantastic during our Sunday events, so do get in touch if you have any! We’re looking for a few people to help set this up one evening early September (exact time and date TBC, but we’re flexible).

Experienced sound engineers needed

Experienced sound engineers needed to support the smooth delivery of our Music Programme over the weekend. Please contact Sarah at volunteering@peckhamfestival.org for more details!

P.E.C.K.H.A.M Letters Project with Harriet Hill

PF17 participating artist Harriet Hill seeks volunteers to play a part in a performance taking place over the festival weekend. Participants will wear large yellow letters spelling out ‘Peckham’, and will wander the neighbourhood visiting various locations. A short film of the performance will be produced following the festival.

Participant specifications:

  • Fit enough to walk around for two or more hours in a giant (and very colourful) letter.
  • Between 165 and 185cm tall (without too broad shoulders!).
  • Confident enough to parade around in public!
  • Able to take directions from the artists for the film shoot.

During the Festival you will be

Working with a very diverse group of people of all ages including Festival staff, volunteers, participating artists, performers, community groups, local business, charities and organisations. This role will be carried out within high traffic environments and may require multi-tasking. We want to support you to do it well and to learn from the experience, and also to enjoy your time with Peckham Festival. We encourage you to communicate with your supervisor (Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah Ann Watson) about your experience and to reflect.

What you will gain as a Festival Volunteer

Experience of working in coordination with a large team
Detailed knowledge of running a festival
Be part of creating a multidisciplinary event in celebration of Peckham and it’s diverse community

Download more information on the various roles available: