Festival City Volunteers

Introducing the Festival City Volunteers Family

Welcome to the Edinburgh Festival City Volunteers project - bringing together the expert local knowledge of Edinburgh's people and the thousands of visitors who make our festival city so special.

The Festival City Volunteers work as ambassadors during the summer festivals, welcoming visitors to Edinburgh, giving directions, and providing advice on the Festival City during the peak period of August. To make the project work throughout the peak period and beyond, we bring together a wide range of people, partners, funders, supporters to form a diverse stakeholder network. 

The partners are: Festivals Edinburgh, Volunteer Edinburgh and City of Edinburgh Council

The project has been enabled by funding from City of Edinburgh Council (2017); Big Lottery (2018 and 2019), and Spirit of 2012 (2018), and supported by Lothian Buses (2017, continuing support) and Edinburgh Airport.

Generous in-kind support is given through many different forms including project advocacy, expert advice, training and provision of safe spaces by: member festivals, VisitScotland, Central Library, City Arts Centre, St Mary’s Cathedral Edinburgh College and EaRN.

We connect with the community through an ever increasing network, with particular support from: IntoWork; Access to Industry; The Welcoming and The Thistle Foundation.

Our steering group includes representatives from the 11 major festivals in Edinburgh, Volunteer Edinburgh, Event Scotland, and Edinburgh College.

Since 2017 FCV has trained and deployed 160 (40 in 2017 and 120 in 2018) volunteers from 24 countries, every ward in Edinburgh and ages 18-81. By the end of 2018, our volunteers had completed 3,840 volunteering hours, 2,240 training hours, experienced 1,468 hours of cultural experiences and interacted with 28,693 visitors.

The project runs all year-round and we have our live period in August. Maybe you spotted the volunteers out in the city in 2018 in their bright orange t-shirts! 

If you are a group or organisation who would like to work with us, please contact, Emma Black, Festival City Volunteer Development Manager emma.black@festivals.edinburgh.com

If you would like to apply to be a volunteer, please visit: voled.in/festival or direct any queries to: festival@volunteeredinburgh.org.uk 

On this page you can find out more about the project and read just some of the stories of our incredible volunteers. You can also follow us on Twitter.

  • Scottish Government
  • City of Edinburgh Council
  • Creative Scotland
  • Event Scotland
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • British Council Scotland
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