Take Part in our Festival by volunteering at our large outdoor events!

We’re looking for Live Event Assistants to support the set-up, smooth running and take-down of our events.

Are you available on the 6th, 20th or 21st July and want to support a fun event and give back to the community?

Sign up here!

We are looking for a creative and enthusiastic individual who is either an experience digital marketer looking to give back and get involved in a community arts charity or someone who is at the beginning of their training or career in marketing and wants to gain more experience through this voluntary role to support future opportunities.

The role of SouthWestFest Marketing Volunteer is to support the Festival Director and Coordinator in creating consistent and engaging marketing and PR campaigns in the run up to the Festival. This may include creating and scheduling social media, writing newsletters, developing Festival posters and assisting with PR.

We’re looking for someone who wants to develop their skills in marketing and content creation, and is excited about making engaging work across our social media to share with our audience to support the promotion of the festival.

We want to actively reflect the community we work in and welcome applications from people of the global majority, LGBTQ+ community, neurodiverse and disabled candidates. We are aware that unpaid roles create barriers for applicants to apply and take on work. We will collaborate with you to ensure this role offers as much professional development and networking opportunities as possible, to support your ongoing work.

For full information and how to apply please click here for the Marketing Volunteer Recruitment Pack.

Deadline to apply: 5pm, Friday 5 April 2024

We are looking to expand our Board of Trustees

This is an exciting time to join the charity, as we become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)!

We are specifically looking for trustees to provide expertise in the following areas:

  • Fundraising, experience of corporate sponsorship and income generation
  • Business Strategy
  • Legal Processes
  • Marketing (PR, B2C, social media strategy)
  • Financial accountancy

If you work or are skilled in these areas and want to give back to the community, and have a passion for the impact that small community festivals and events can have on local people we look forward to your application.

Full information and how to apply please click here for our Trustee Recruitment Pack

Deadline to apply: 11:59PM, Sunday 25th February 2024

We’re so excited to welcome Kaya to the team, she will be leading on the Open Access Programme, Stalls and Volunteers amongst other areas.

Kaya is a freelance project manager, producer, events and production manager. Her experience spans from being a musician on stage to stage managing shows to producing and project managing public programmes for artists and arts organisations across London and UK. She loves working with communities, artists and tight-knit teams to bring together incredible events and festivals.

From Kaya: ‘I’m really excited to work with the SouthWestFest team and the communities they centre, to bring forward a diverse and rich festival programme in 2024.’

The Festival Coordinator works very part-time, you can reach Kaya on coordiantor[at]southwestfest.org.uk


Join SouthWestFest and help organise and shape our 2024 Festival!

Part-time, 52 days across the year.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Leading on Open-Access Programme; events registration and encouraging community partnerships
  2. Leading on design, print & distribution of printed & online materials
  3. Leading on copywriting and proofing of Festival Brochure & programme on website
  4. Managing stallholder/trader applications & on the day management of stalls
  5. Management of volunteer recruitment and retainment
  6. Management of online ticketing systems/sign up forms
  7. Supporting Director in research and development of fundraising & sponsorship bids/proposals
  8. Supporting Director in liaising with sponsors and partners
  9. Supporting Director implement marketing and PR strategy
  10. Supporting Director with feedback & evaluation
  11. During the festival period provide assistance to the Director, freelance staff, trustees and volunteers in the setup and live event management of events
  12. Provide a positive and professional image of the organisation, dealing with enquiries
  13. Ensure an efficient administrative service to Director and board

For more info and to apply, click here

How to Apply

To request an application pack please contact chair@southwestfest.org.uk
Interviews are planned for Monday 16th October in person

Apply Below!

Applications are now open until Wednesday 26th April at 6pm to be part of this year’s SouthWestFest!

Apply Here

SouthWestFest 2023: Celebrating Our Twentieth Festival & Open Meeting Details!


We’re incredibly excited to share news of this year’s festival theme, which is SouthWestFest at 20! Celebrating our 20th festival, we wanted to take the opportunity to reflect over the past 20 years, the history of the area and our local heritage, as well as looking ahead to the future with a sustainable focus.


Alongside this, we’d love for you to join us at our Open Meeting on Wednesday 29th March, either online or in person at Pimlico Library from 5.15pm. Here, we’ll be discussing details of the festival, including how you can get involved, and the opportunities on offer.


We’d love to see you there, and you can RSVP here.


We are really excited to announce that George Bailey has joined the SouthWestFest Team as our new Festival Coordinator!

George is a producer, playwright and access facilitator originally from Bordon, Hampshire. 

He is the co-founder of the multi-award-winning multi-arts production company ChewBoy Productions and has 8 years of experience in curating projects with community, arts and digital practises at their core. He has also worked to support young people in showcasing their creative work in collaboration with organisations such as the BFI and Compass Presents in Bristol, God’s House Tower and a space arts in Southampton and through various roles with Chichester Festival Theatre.’ 

George will be leading on our Open-Access Programme, Stalls and Volunteers amongst many things!

I am really looking forward to working with George to create a fantastic and far reaching Festival for 2023. George’s breadth of experience and warm energy set him up perfectly for working with the Festival and our community.” Dodie Finamore, Festival Director.

Our Co-ordinator works one day a week. You can reach him at coordinator[at]southwestfest.org.uk

Join the SouthWestFest Team as we begin our planning for our 2023 Festival!

Festival Coordinator
Av. 1 day a week | worked inline with Festival timelines
£7800 fee for the year

The role of Festival Coordinator is to work with and support the Festival Director in the smooth and efficient planning, administration and delivery of SouthWestFest. This will include managing computerised administrative systems, minute taking and secretarial support, leading on the Open-Access programme, leading on design and distribution, plus supporting with the planning and management of live festival events.

For more information and to apply please click here

Deadline to apply: Friday 21st October

Add your event to our programme, apply to have a stall at our Festival Day and opportunities to volunteer with us

Event registration – if you are planning an event in South Westminster during the 2022 festival (24th June to 15th July, inclusive), you are invited to apply to have it added to our Open Access Programme. As long as it is open to the community to attend and free of charge (or low cost), we’ll consider adding it to our programme, which will be promoted across the borough via 12,000 brochures, social media and our website.

Click here to register your event

Apply for a stall at our Festival Day – with between 5,000 and 7,000 visitors, our Festival Day is a key date in the events calendar in South Westminster and we’d love you to join us! We have a sliding scale of very reasonable stall fees for individuals, community groups, charities and not for profits and businesses. Join us at this years event, and enjoy being part of a much loved community festival:

Apply for a stall

Register your interest in volunteering – our community festival wouldn’t be what it is without the volunteers to donate their time to help bring it all to life, and once again we’re hoping to bring on board a team of local residents that will love being a critical part of bringing SouthWestFest together. We’d love you to register your interest in volunteering, and you can do so here:

Volunteer with us

And if you’d like to work with us in any other way, we’d love to hear from you – get in touch with us via Instagram, Twitter or our contact form.