Volunteers Needed to Join Nacoa at Upfest 2018

Upfest is Europe’s largest urban art festival, taking place annually in Southville, Bristol. Nacoa partners with Upfest each year to run the festival and raise funds for children affected by a parent’s drinking. William at Upfest

We are looking for volunteers to help us make Upfest 2018—on Saturday 28th to Monday 30th July—the best festival yet!


Why Volunteer at Upfest?

Upfest started as a small fundraiser for Nacoa at Bristol’s Tobacco Factory in 2008. It now covers 35 venues and regularly welcomes 300 artists and over 40,000 visitors from all over the world. It has become a regular cultural highlight for Bristol and beyond.

Every year, Nacoa provides over 800 hours of voluntary time to the festival—running children’s areas, baking cakes, marshalling sites, selling programmes, and raising funds. So far our volunteers have raised over £70,000 to support the Nacoa Helpline.

We also welcome volunteers from big and small companies to support the festival and raise some vital funds for our charity. There are multiple ways to contribute, and we hope you will see the event as a chance to develop your team skills and make a difference in the community.


The Roles

Please take a look at the volunteering opportunities available here. Upfest is a fantastic way to make a difference and enjoy the technicolor celebration of creativity and music.

Volunteer Marshalling

Volunteer marshalls provide the friendly face of Upfest and help keep visitors safe and secure. They speak with visitors and sell the event programme to ensure people get the most out of the festival and raising much-needed funds for Nacoa.

Cake Baking and Selling

Nacoa host multiple cake stalls around the festival, and our home-baked goodies have become a delightful way to involve volunteers who can’t make the day or can’t easily get around the festival site.

Children’s Area

Our team manage the colourful Kid’s Area at Upfest. In a quiet and friendly environment, parents accompany their children with our planned activities such as the Kids’ Art Wall, face painting, bracelet making, and just about any arts and crafts.

Production Volunteer

Fancy getting your hands dirty with the Upfest production crew? Whether it’s blanking walls, erecting fences or assisting artists, the infrastructure of the festival is managed by volunteers.Nacoa volunteers Upfest 13


Be in Touch

To find out more about how you can help us to raise much needed funds and increase awareness in a creative setting, please contact volunteering@nacoa.org.uk or call 0117 924 8005.

Upfest is something you should do at least once in your life. For more about the Nacoa Upfest partnership, please see: https://youtu.be/pYNa9sVXZs4/ and have fun in a Nacoa t-shirt!

More about Upfest upfest.co.uk.

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