Become a Festival volunteer and play a vital role in making Galway International Arts Festival an unforgettable experience.

As one of Ireland’s premiere Festivals of creative collisions, we depend hugely on our enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to help transform the city for 14 exceptional days of creativity. As a volunteer you'll be part of a team who engage visitors in the Festival spirit, meet the public, greet audiences at venues and welcome our national and international visitors. As a Festival, we put our audience at the heart of everything we do; our volunteers are at the front line of welcoming our audience into ‘our home’.

Here's what some of our 2017 volunteers had to say about their Galway International Arts Festival experience.

All volunteers must be aged 18 years or older. Please note, you may be chosen at random for Garda/Police vetting. GIAF are not in a position to cover any volunteer expenses.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. We will post the application procedure for 2018 next spring/summer!

Festival Ambassadors

Festival Ambassadors are our super-informers!  They know everything there is to know about the Festival – the  who, what, where, when of the entire Festival programme. As an ambassador you will advise and help our audiences in choosing the perfect shows for their tastes; you’ll know what shows are selling fast, and what shows have sold out. Basically, anything our audiences need to know, they ask you. You’ll be based downtown in Galway City Centre – sometimes in the Festival Hub, sometimes on the busy streets of Galway and at other times, at the larger Festival venues.

Guidelines for Applicants


If you're a leader of a music school, theatre group, arts collective, college course, society or voluntary agency and you would like your group to become involved, drop us a line at volunteers@giaf.ie

Recruitment Evenings

Once you've submitted your application form, we'll arrange an appointment to meet you in person and to make sure you’re matched with your perfect role. Please save the date - we’ll let you know the venue and time details.

Please note 2018 recruitment dates will be announced in June/July 2018.


If you’re accepted onto the volunteers programme, we’ll ask you to sign a basic agreement. At the end of the programme, you’ll receive a Galway International Arts Festival Certificate, authenticating your participation in the volunteers programme. It will serve as a lovely momento of your time spent volunteering with the Festival!