Volunteer at Mela


New Art Exchange is looking for energetic individuals to support Nottingham Mela Festival this September as we mark the significant 70th anniversary of Indian Independence and the creation of Pakistan and Bangladesh in our South Asian Summer!

Mela is an annual festival celebrating South Asian arts and culture through vibrant events and activities across Nottingham. This year Mela returns to New Art Exchange and Nottingham Castle, hosting an exciting selection of music, dance, theatre, food family workshops, and visual arts.

As a member of the support team you will be assisting with the delivery of this festival. Volunteers must be energetic, able to use your own initiative and be confident in talking to members of the public.


Gain experience in festival/event coordination
Meet and greet leading Mela artists
Develop excellent customer service skills, communicating information and ensuring that all visitors have an enjoyable experience
Creatively working with young people and families
Support the festival tech team by setting up and closing down the event
Providing hospitality for the Mela artists/team


    Friday 8 & Saturday 9 September (New Art Exchange)
    Sunday 10 September (Nottingham Castle)
    You must be able to fully commit to working at least one day of the event (7.5 hour shift)

    Tuesday 5 September - briefing in the week prior to the event
    Please note attending the briefing is compulsory if supporting at Nottingham Castle

    Volunteers will also preferably attend an induction on Friday 25 August at New Art Exchange.

    To apply, please download an application form or contact volunteer@nae.org.uk

    (Please note that while we welcome applications from individuals of all abilities and every effort will be made to accommodate specific support needs, many of the areas volunteers will support are physically demanding.)

    Volunteer Application Form



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