Volunteers Wanted

I love volunteering – even if I’ve had second thoughts, I’m always glad that I did it. Any organisation worth their salt will make you feel good about donating your time for free, but in my experience you get more than you give by experiencing new things and meeting new people. Once you’ve committed your time as a volunteer, you are more likely to turn up than you would as a regular punter. You see events that you would never have picked out of the festival programme yourself, and you see them for free! You end up being part of the community and part of the event, and it’s fun.

A few organisations currently looking for volunteers are:

Journey to the End of the Night, which is part of the Darklight Festival. I’ve written a post about this city-wide game of tag. They are mostly looking for chasers – people who are enthusiastic about spending a Saturday night running around, chasing after players and scaring them senseless, but they might also be looking for volunteers to help out at the various check-points. This is a more sedate way to get involved and enjoy the general crazyness without too much running around!
To volunteer or for more information, email journeydublin@gmail.com

Live Collision is also happening this week, 23rd – 26 April. This is a live art festival based in and around Project Arts Centre. The line-up looks incredible, a great mix of international theatre practitioners and Irish artists – and I am gutted that I’m away this week and missing it all! All the details for volunteering are on the Theatre Forum Jobs Board.

Dublin Dance Festival are also looking for volunteers. This festival takes place between the 20th and 31st May and they are looking for volunteers to help out in lots of different areas. It’s the 10th year of the Dublin Dance Festival and they have a very exciting programme to celebrate. There is an application form on their website and the closing date for applications is Wednesday April 23. All the information is here.

Journey to the End of the Night

On the 26th April, Journey to the End of the Night will take place in Dublin. This is a free street game played at night, and run entirely by volunteers.

Journey to the End of the Night -Dublin
Journey to the End of the Night -Dublin

It’s basically a giant game of tag, but with extra rules thrown in to make it possible to win and lose. All the players start from the same place, then they have to visit six check-points spread out over the city. But while they’re doing that, they are also being hunted down by the chasers. If a player is caught, they switch sides and become a chaser. The winners are those who make it to all the check-points without being caught.

Journey to the End of the Night was created in 2006 and since then it has been played in over 30 cities all around Europe and North America. Thousands of people have taken part, so there must be something in it!

It will be fun and exciting and unlike anything you’ve done before. The creators have described the experience as cinematic – like being the star of your own action movie. I suspect it’s very good for stress – a wonderful opportunity to ditch all your real life worries for a night and throw yourself into the game. Though maybe game isn’t the right word – one of the survival tips is “Bring a friend or two. Preferably ones you can outrun.”

The Dublin event is run by Make and Do who set up the prosocialrulebreakingclub a couple of years ago, run theatre games at Electric Picnic and are currently Artists in Residence at Project Arts Centre.

They are currently looking for volunteers to help make it all happen. The Volunteer sign-up form is here.

If you’re interested, you can learn more about the Dublin game, or find out more about Journey to the End of the Night in general or follow Make and Do on Twitter.

Related post: Interview with Hilary O’Shaughnessy